Search Results: "Monique de Varennes"


BOOK REVIEW

THE JEWEL BOX BALLERINAS by Monique de Varennes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"A lovely story to share in which greed is mightily vanquished by joie de vivre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A very rich, very indulgent woman cares so much for her material possessions, purchased only in quantities of two, that she has no love left for humanity. Read full book review >

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THE SUGAR CHILD by Monique de Varennes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Gore's pastel and acrylic paintings hold all the colors of marzipan and the translucence of sugar candy—a perfect foil for the tale's dulcet tenderness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A lovely original tale as told to the author by her mother holds echoes of traditional stories of transformation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >