Search Results: "Monique Passicot"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Just right for reading aloud and discussing in the classroom or at home. (Glossary, source notes) (Folk tales. 8-13)"
The 12 stories in this collection, many originating in the oral traditions of Europe and Africa, dating from ancient times to the 20th century, all involve rabbis who use magic to help their fellow Jews. Read full book review >

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THE DEEP BLUE MEMORY by Monique Urza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"A brocade of bright conceits that needs more air and space."
A meditative, richly imaged (perhaps a shade too richly) fictional memoir having to do with the secret darks and the secure, loving frame of family. Read full book review >

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THE MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE by Monique Polak
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The conditions of life are harsh but not impossible, and the gradual rapprochement between Noah and his dad adds a nice counterpoint to Noah's reaction to this exotic world into which he not only arrives but that he discovers he admires. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Noah's mom thinks he needs to spend some time with his father, who happens to live in the village of George River, in Quebec's Far North. Read full book review >

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LEGGINGS REVOLT by Monique Polak
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"Thin but nevertheless intriguing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Eric has just moved to a new school with a strict principal. However, Mr. Germinato seems most concerned with the school dress code, which applies only to girls. Read full book review >

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LIFE AT SEA by Monique Layton
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"An eccentric but enthralling look at the human conquest of the sea."
A wide-ranging account of the history of seafaring that incorporates economic, political, and sociological commentary. Read full book review >

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ACROSS GREAT DIVIDES by Monique Roy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2013

"Despite some promising subplots, this historical tale only skims the emotional surface of two of the 20th century's most devastating chapters."
In Roy's (Once Upon a Time in Venice, 2007) novella, a Jewish family bears witness to Nazism and apartheid. Read full book review >

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STRAIGHT PUNCH by Monique Polak
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2014

"Though simple, the story provides both insight and entertainment. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A girl who can't stop "tagging"—spray painting her initials on buildings—is caught one too many times and sent to a struggling alternative school in a poor neighborhood in Montreal. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Well illustrated, in color and b&w, with photos, maps, and period prints, and with an effective bibliography and index: a valuable addition to most libraries. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
An attractive presentation of Japanese history at a critical point—the transformation of ``the isolated and underdeveloped nation into a modern world power'' after the establishment of a new government in 1868—that will help both American and European readers understand the origins of Japanese attitudes toward their cultures. Read full book review >

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NOTES FROM ELSEWHERE by Monique Layton
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Despite its lack of cohesiveness, this memoir offers striking details about less-traveled locations and thought-provoking commentary on the difficulties of understanding a culture other than one's own."
Anthropologist Layton (Street Women and the Art of Bullshitting, 2010, etc.) examines how different types of travel affect people's perceptions of culture and themselves in her scholarly debut memoir. Read full book review >

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AUGUST FROST by Monique Roffey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"An oddly moving and poignant tale, unfortunately marred by an amorphous beginning and a pace far too leisurely."
Trinidadian-born Roffey debuts with a strange and magical tale about a young London man's metamorphosis—literally—into an adult. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF SALT by Monique Truong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2003

"A tour de force. Truong should take literate America by storm."
In a dazzling if sometimes daunting debut, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas's Vietnamese cook tells his story—and theirs. Read full book review >

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WHERE DO I END AND YOU BEGIN? by Shulamith Oppenheim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An elegant conversation starter to a not-so-simple question. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From animals to plants, sky to sea, people to people, we're all connected. Read full book review >