Search Results: "Monique Polak"


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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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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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SO MUCH IT HURTS by Monique Polak
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Best for bibliotherapy. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenage thespian becomes romantically involved with her abusive adult acting coach in this straightforward cautionary tale. 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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FORENSICS SQUAD UNLEASHED by Monique Polak
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2016

"Science and courage make for an appealing mystery for dog lovers. (Mystery. 8-11)"
A 13-year-old budding criminal analyst gets to go to forensics day camp in the summer and also finds a real mystery to crack. Read full book review >

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LEARNING THE ROPES by Monique Polak
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"A quick read with a fascinating focus. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Fifteen-year-old Mandy dreams of becoming a rope-climbing aerialist in the circus and flies off to Montreal to attend circus camp despite her father's fears. Read full book review >

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MIRACLEVILLE by Monique Polak
CLASSICS
Released: April 1, 2011

"There are better books about religious identity out there; try The Possibilities of Sainthood, by Donna Freitas (2008), for a start. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Ani, devout, straitlaced and anxious, could not be more different from her impious, free-spirited, sexually active 15-year-old sister, Colette. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A poignant and powerful book. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
A respectful, unsentimental portrait of a village in Mali, and a moving story of a warm friendship between an American Peace Corps volunteer fresh out of college and a young Malian health worker. Read full book review >

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MURPHY LIVES HERE by Merryl Polak
Released: July 23, 2012

"An in-depth look at the nuances of infertility, helpful for couples facing similar circumstances."
Polak's memoir details the trials and disappointment of being unable to conceive when Murphy, of Murphy's Law, lives on your street. Read full book review >

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PASSOVER by Monica Polak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Good supplementary material to increase the holiday's meaning and currency for older children. (glossary, index, references) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
An overview of the holiday of Passover is elaborated with personal narratives, the story's connection to the Holocaust, and various Seder customs practiced in several countries around the world. 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 RUMOR by Monique Felix
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"Ironically enough, this particular Rumor doesn't seem likely to inspire much repetition. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A group of animal friends misinterprets a small piece of information, resulting in outsized fears and creating a one-joke tale that rolls quickly along to a happy ending. Read full book review >