Search Results: "Ming-Jin Zheng"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TURTLE IS GETTING MARRIED by Qiao-Mei Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"A charming tale, but not seaworthy enough to bear the heaping cargo of cultural information it's plainly designed to carry. (strip index) (iPad storybook/informational app. 7-10)"
An original, folkloric tale set in Taiwan and positively festooned with maps, games and nonfiction side articles—but much in need of better translation and proofreading. Read full book review >

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MING by Robert B. Oxnam
Released: Jan. 20, 1995

"Still, it's more fun to read than a textbook, and almost as informative, and Oxnam keeps things moving along, even in the face of incredulity."
Oxnam (Cinnabar, 1990) spins a well-meaning tale that often sounds campy in its zeal to put a feminist twist on Chinese history. Read full book review >

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JIN WOO by Eve Bunting
ANIMALS
Released: April 23, 2001

"This will find a ready audience with many adoptive families, especially those preparing to adopt Asian babies. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Among the prolific Bunting's many talents is a propensity for distilling complex social issues into accessible picture books that begin to make subjects such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, adult illiteracy, and homelessness more understandable to younger children. Read full book review >

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JIN JIN AND RAIN WIZARD by Grace Chang
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Jin Jin's fans will be best served by this heartfelt effort. (author's notes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The expression "waste not, want not" receives an earnest explication in Jin Jin's second outing (Jin Jin the Dragon, 2007). Read full book review >

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GAI-JIN by James Clavell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"You get your money's worth if you want to spend it here."
Back to feudal Japan, which now enters the modern world, from the master of the three-decker behemoth (Shogun, Tai-pan, Noble House, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS OF JIN-SHEI by Alma Alexander
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 27, 2004

"Full indeed, and yet, even so, more episodic than epic."
In a mythical Chinese kingdom, members of an ancient sisterhood fight, die, and practice sorcery for one another as they struggle to survive. Read full book review >

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MING GOES TO SCHOOL by Deirdre Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Featuring peeks at common classroom sights and activities, this empathetic tale could also be a discussion starter about growth and readiness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The first year of school for Ming is full of opposites and fun, but some things take time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2005

"A Byzantine tale of sports, commerce and politics, nimbly shuffled by the astute journalist Larmer."
Newsweek's Shanghai bureau chief tells dynamically the story of two Chinese basketball stars who made their ways to the NBA through the thickets of Middle Kingdom politics. Read full book review >

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MING LO MOVES THE MOUNTAIN by Arnold Lobel
Released: April 12, 1982

"The anecdote doesn't make you laugh like an earthier, folk-type silly tale would, but there's a nice touch of drollery, in keeping with the straight-faced telling, in Lobel's depiction of the wise man, who becomes more languid with each visit, and more encased in a smokescreen of swirls from his own pipe."
A noodle story with an Oriental setting, this is something like the old joke about Mohammed going to the mountain. Read full book review >

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CREATE CLASSIC SUDOKU by Yaling Zheng
Released: June 10, 2015

"An engrossing primer on sudoku as seen from the creator's side."
Readers tired of solving sudoku puzzles can try creating them with this fun debut how-to manual. Read full book review >

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A MAP OF BETRAYAL by Ha Jin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Subtle, masterful and bittersweet storytelling that operates on a number of different levels."
A plainspoken, even reticent narrative illuminates the complex loyalties of a Chinese-American spy, who considers himself a patriot of both countries. Read full book review >

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Nanjing Never Cries by Hong Zheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A well-researched and capably written depiction of the Rape of Nanjing and its effects on victims and survivors."
American and Chinese academics face the horrors of invasion in the early days of World War II. Read full book review >