Search Results: "Mike Castan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PRICE OF LOYALTY by Mike Castan
FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2011

"Insurmountably flawed. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When peer pressure draws seventh grader Manny into a gang with his Latino friends, he must make difficult decisions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIGHTING FOR DONTAE by Mike Castan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Reluctant teen readers will identify with Javier's efforts to negotiate a world with few positive options. (Fiction 11-13)"
Middle school proves particularly difficult for Javier when he is assigned to spend time helping students in the special-education program. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD LIGHT by Carlos Castan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A meditative and philosophical 'thriller.'"
The first novel by a distinguished Spanish writer mainly known for his short stories turns out to be a primer in existential thinking about death and dying. Read full book review >

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MIKE WALLACE
by Megan Labrise

When it comes to chronicling turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York City, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Mike Wallace takes a novel approach.

“History is written in the grooves,” says Wallace, author of Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898-1919. “There are economic historians, political historians, cultural historians, social historians, gender historians, African-American historians...and people who are specializing in ...


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BOOK REVIEW

JUNKYARD by Mike Austin
by Mike Austin, illustrated by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"While some kids will be fascinated with the robotic Munching Machines, the takeaway is unclear, and the represented ease of getting rid of garbage is certainly wrong. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title on the cover is a clue to the tale—"JUNK" is rendered in a rusty-colored scribbly style, while "YARD" is a light green with a grassy pattern—but the ultimate message is murky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKE UP, RUPERT! by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Preschoolers will bleat for a repeat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rupert the Rooster just wants to sleep in! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

123 VERSUS ABC by Mike  Boldt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Readers won't care whether it's about letters or numbers—they will be too busy poring over the artwork and laughing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a scale from one to 10, what's your favorite color of the alphabet? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE IS MILO'S BALL? by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"Just as visually appealing as the app at first glance, and possibly even more durable—but showing considerable fall-off in narrative quality and awareness of audience. (Board book. 2-3)"
The blue cat that starred in the excellent app A Present for Milo (2010) makes an awful crossover from the digital domain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOUNCING BABIES by Mike Brownlow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Babies wake at half-past two!' (Picture book. 1-4)"
In lilting verse, Brownlow (The Big White Book with (Almost) Nothing in It, not reviewed, etc.) cheerfully celebrates all that infants love to do from morning to night; they don't just gurgle and sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SURPRISE! by Mike Henson
by Mike Henson, illustrated by Mike Henson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 3, 2017

"Simply cute. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Every time the lights go out, some new and unexpected thing happens. Read full book review >