Search Results: "Mina Javaherbin"


BOOK REVIEW

MINA by Jonatha Ceely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2004

"Long-winded and rather slow, with little by way of plot development or surprise, Ceely's first nevertheless offers a good sketch of Victorian life with some nice historical shading."
A young Irishwoman survives the Great Famine and a shipwreck but still dreams of escaping to America. Read full book review >

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GOAL! by Mina Javaherbin
by Mina Javaherbin, illustrated by A.G. Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"The paintings are realistic and evocatively capture the dusty alley and an incongruously lovely sunset, but ultimately neither words nor pictures come fully to life. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A group of friends enjoys a game of soccer in the street, fending off bullies and cleverly protecting their prized new regulation soccer ball. Read full book review >

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SOCCER STAR by Mina Javaherbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"A lovely story about soccer, gender and hope. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A soccer story with a gender-equality twist. Read full book review >

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ELEPHANT IN THE DARK by Mina Javaherbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Less stylish than Ed Young's classic Seven Blind Mice but a serviceable rendition nonetheless. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
An Iranian-American author recasts an anecdote from the Persian poet Rumi, itself based on a far older tale about perceiving parts of a truth rather than its whole. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET MESSAGE by Mina Javaherbin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"Unusual and thought-provoking. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Based on a poem by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi that Iranian-born Javaherbin heard from her father as a bedtime story, this adaptation offers an environmental message that will resonate with today's readers. Read full book review >

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MINA AND THE BEAR by Sabine Jörg
Released: April 1, 1999

"Mysterious, but lovely. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-7358-1037-0 A book-within-a-book device marks Jîrg's import from Switzerland, which sends readers into a strange, enchanted fantasy world where a grown bear marries a young woman. Read full book review >

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MY NAME IS MINA by David Almond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A fascinating, if breathless ramble through the cosmos. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A blank notebook sings its siren song to 9-year-old wordsmith Mina McKee in this mesmerizing prequel to British author Almond's award-winning Skellig (1998). Read full book review >

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BLOOD, SALT, WATER by Denise Mina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Mina never stints on the criminal conspiracy or gallows humor, but some of her nightmare landscapes are molded more firmly than others. This one is sad and piercingly perceptive on small matters, but its big picture is less coherent."
DI Alex Morrow, whose fifth case takes her away from the depressing world of Mina's Glasgow (The Red Road, 2014, etc.), finds life just as sordid on the shores of Loch Lomond, even for locals who aren't getting murdered.Read full book review >

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THE WORLD ON A PLATE by Mina Holland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"A culinary adventure that delights on many levels and leaves readers hungering for more."
In her first book, Guardian Cook editor Holland salutes classic dishes from a few dozen different countries. Read full book review >

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GARNETHILL by Denise Mina
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1999

"Mina writes with a pen dipped alternately in gallows humor and rage."
Maureen O'Donnell ought to be able to look down on the world from her flat atop Garnethill, the highest point in Glasgow, but instead the world's looking down on her. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"An enthusiastic tribute to women who replace the stigma attached to the term 'running like a girl' with a sense of power and honor."
A well-rounded investigation into the profound impact of sports on women of all ages and walks of life. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD HOUR by Denise Mina
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 10, 2006

"Mina meticulously creates a bleak, Dostoevskian world abandoned by light and spirit, populating it with sharply drawn characters."
The author of Field of Blood (2005) sends her dogged Glaswegian reporter-investigator trudging through a second case. Read full book review >