Search Results: "Monika Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG BOOK OF WORDS AND PICTURES by Monika Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"There are not enough words available to save this jampacked selection from bursting-at-the-seams busyness. (Board book. 2-4)"
A picture dictionary without much rhyme or reason. 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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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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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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KILL THE SILENCE by Monika Kørra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An intimate and honest memoir of survival after trauma."
A former Southern Methodist University track star's account of how she survived a brutal rape that changed her life. 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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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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LITTLE RAT RIDES by Monika Bang-Campbell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Although the text is intended as an upper-level easy reader for children transitioning into chapter books, this quiet, satisfying story will also work as a read-aloud for younger children. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
The endearing star of Little Rat Sets Sail returns for a second sporty adventure, this time learning to ride a horse in a riding-academy setting. 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 >