Search Results: "Nadia Christensen"


BOOK REVIEW

ACROSS THE CHINA SEA by Gaute Heivoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Humane and lovely; reminiscent of Paul Harding's Tinkers in its sympathetic understanding of mental disability and the power of memory."
Entering his sixth decade, a faithful son recounts a decidedly unusual childhood. Read full book review >

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THE QUIET GIRL by Peter Høeg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2007

"Overwritten and murky, but there's life in it—will appeal most to fans of Smilla's Sense of Snow."
A former circus clown's efforts to save endangered children is the unusual premise of the bestselling Danish author's labyrinthine fifth novel (Tales of the Night, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A sympathetic, brave work from a deeply engaged war correspondent."
Norwegian journalist Seierstad (The Bookseller of Kabul, 2003, etc.) movingly reports on the bleak fallout from the wars in Chechnya. Read full book review >

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TALES OF PROTECTION by Erik Fosnes Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Favorably, rightly compared with Isak Dinesen's classic 'gothic tales,' and a great critical success in Europe: a rich, replete demonstration of the art of storytelling and the universality of human loving and striving."
Whether similar occurrences are linked or are instead "apparently meaningful coalescences that have no causal connection" is the question at the heart of this lavishly imagined, unfailingly seductive second novel from the virtuoso Norwegian author (Psalm at Journey's End, 1996). Read full book review >

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GOOD LITTLE WOLF by Nadia Shireen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Visually interesting, but flawed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Rolf, a good little wolf, encounters the archetypal big baddie, justice is nearly—but not quite—served. Read full book review >

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YETI AND THE BIRD by Nadia Shireen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Striking visuals that combine compelling use of shape, page design and color successfully carry this version of an oft-told story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A picture book about an unexpected friendship. Read full book review >

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HEY, PRESTO! by Nadia Shireen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Distinct from run-of-the-mill argument arcs requiring apology before reconciliation, this alternate model provokes thought. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A magic act goes temporarily awry when a bossypants walks all over his best mate. Read full book review >

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Released: July 24, 2007

"This intimate, often brutal portrait of an enduring illness will be eye-opening for the uninitiated, and painfully familiar to those in its clutches. (afterword, eating disorder resources) (Nonfiction. YA)"
Shivack hoarded candy in her sock drawer when she was six years old. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Meritorious but ultimately disappointing. (author's notes, bibliography, discography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The brilliant jazz guitarist's life from birth in a Roma camp to stardom on a floodlit Paris stage,is sketched in free verse and vibrant oils. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLANT A LITTLE SEED by Bonnie Christensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Text and pictures align nicely in this fresh celebration of gardening as food for both body and soul. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In reverent lines punctuated with occasional and near rhyme, a girl narrates the cycle of working a community-garden plot over three productive seasons. Read full book review >

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ONE HALF FROM THE EAST by Nadia Hashimi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Well-told through appealing characters, this tale sheds light from a unique cultural perspective on the link between vastly different, rigidly enforced roles for boys and girls and gender-identity issues. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Obayda's family moved to a rural village after a Kabul bomb blast took her father's leg and the family's livelihood; in a bid to attract good fortune, relatives persuade her mother to transform Obayda, 10, youngest of four daughters, into a bacha posh: a boy. Read full book review >

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THE LOST ISLAND OF TAMARIND by Nadia Aguiar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Spunky kids, perilous pursuits and marine mystery make for a smashing good read. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Stranded on a lost island, a teen faces nail-biting adventures searching for her missing parents in this fantasy cliffhanger. Read full book review >