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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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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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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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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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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SCORPIO RISING by Monique Domovitch
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Good old-fashioned melodrama, with plenty of sex and scheming."
In Domovitch's debut novel, the fates of an ambitious young American architect and a beautiful Parisian painter intertwine. 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 >

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The New Arcadia by Monique Layton
Released: July 23, 2015

"A layered and fascinating analysis of history and anthropology."
Layton (Notes From Elsewhere: Travel and Other Matters, 2011) dissects Tahiti's complex history by examining not only historical accounts, but also the cultural myth these accounts spawned in the Western world. Read full book review >