Search Results: "Monique Polak"


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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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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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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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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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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 >

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ARCHIPELAGO by Monique Roffey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2013

"A bit short on narrative energy, but appealingly warmhearted; readers will empathize with the endearing characters and want them to have a happy ending."
Unmoored by catastrophe, a father takes his daughter and dog to sea in this gentle novel from Orange Prize finalist Roffey (The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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BITTER IN THE MOUTH by Monique Truong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Truong remains a stunning wordsmith and a whiz at intellectual showmanship, but Linda's story tastes of artificial plot manipulation."
After the dazzle of her debut (The Book of Salt, 2003), Truong returns with a coming-of-age narrative about a young girl who has always felt like an outsider in her small North Carolina town, not to mention within her own family. Read full book review >

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DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Current and intriguing. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Imagine Tyrannosaurus rex with feathers—only one of the surprising theories put forth in this title by the author of Albertosaurus: Death of a Predator also part of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Alberta, Canada, "Discoveries of Palaeontology" series. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN’S WAR by Monique Charlesworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2004

"With Ilse as unblinking guide, Charlesworth travels the morally ambiguous alleyways of war to create a deeply satisfying if unsettling read full of richly complicated characters."
More Empire of the Sun than The Painted Bird, British author Charlesworth's fourth (Glass House, 1987, etc.), based on her mother's history, follows a half-Jewish German girl's travails during WWII after her mother's arrangements for her to leave Germany go awry. Read full book review >