Search Results: "Monika Pollak"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Supportive without sugarcoating, this realistic account of a disorder that affects so many contains at its core a raw emotional heart. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Likable young Russell puts a face on autism. Read full book review >

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SARASWATI'S WAY by Monika Schröder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"This rare combination of math and culture is a boon for discussions and makes this stand out. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Akash, in his seventh and last year of education in India, has a gift for math, finding patterns in numbers by using Vedic math, an ancient system of Indian mathematics. Read full book review >

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BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD by Monika Schröder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Skillful characterization carries this quiet novel along. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A young girl's first-person narrative of her journey through grief to acceptance. Read full book review >

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THE DOG IN THE WOOD by Monika Schröder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Based on the author's grandfather's experiences, this poignant look at the effects of war and propaganda, especially on children, resonates with candor and eloquence. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
While a wealth of children's books set during World War II focus on the Holocaust, Schröder brings some of Germany's other young victims to light in her exceptional debut novel. Read full book review >

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MY BROTHER'S SHADOW by Monika Schröder
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"For other men, the experience of war extinguishes all meaning in life,' says a man who becomes Moritz's mentor; Schröder makes this sad and ever-timely lesson all too clear. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Set in Berlin as World War I is nearing the ultimate, shameful defeat of Germany, the story 16-year-old Moritz narrates reveals the causes of the next great war. Read full book review >

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SILENT CLOSE No. 6 by Monika Maron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 1993

"Relentlessly somber, rife with ambiguity, and with the day of the funeral used as a recurring theme, this is a bleak, biting reminder that the old Communist order has fallen but that its long shadow remains."
Winner of the 1992 Kleist Prize, the latest novel from Maron (Flight of Ashes, 1986, etc.) continues to probe the grim, repressed world of East Germany under Communist domination, this time from the perspective of a battered survivor. Read full book review >

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I SAY SHEHECHIYANU by Joanne Rocklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"A sweet year for all. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little girl experiences a year of joyous events and traditions. Read full book review >

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LITTLE RAT MAKES MUSIC by Monika Bang-Campbell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"An excellent choice for those readers in transition from beginning readers to chapter books. (Fiction. 6-8)"
In the third early-chapter book to detail her adventures, spunky Little Rat tackles violin lessons. Read full book review >

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WONDERFUL WOMEN BY THE SEA by Monika Fagerholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Set in the 1960s and dominated by its protagonists' fascination with American political and social upheavals, this debut offers a bleak and funny view of the pains of growing up and the difficulties of adapting to rapidly changing times and ideals."
Wonderful Women By The Sea ($23.00; Apr. 1997; 336 pp.; 1-56584-338-X): This entertaining first novel, which earned its Flemish author ``two major Scandinavian literary prizes,'' describes several summer vacations enjoyed by a pair of women friends and their gradually intermingling and interdependent families. Read full book review >

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THE COLOMBO BAY by Richard Pollak
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"An unfair comparison, perhaps, for Pollak writes with an eminently serious purpose. He tells a story worth hearing, especially for readers interested in the grittier details of globalization and in true tales of the high seas."
Let us go down to the sea—in containers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 1997

"Strong, well-documented charges that are certain to stir rebuttals."
A thorough demolition of the reputation of Bruno Bettelheim, who is depicted here as tyrannical, arrogant, cruel, and above all a consummate liar. Read full book review >