Search Results: "Nicholas Rinaldi"


BOOK REVIEW

THE REMARKABLE COURTSHIP OF GENERAL TOM THUMB by Nicholas Rinaldi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"For the most part, the reading experience does produce the flashy pleasure of a Barnum act, with cardboard sets and blarney unapologetically on display."
Fast-paced and brightly colored, Rinaldi's novel is a portrait of Civil War America told from the perspective of the nation's smallest "military" hero. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN TWO RIVERS by Nicholas Rinaldi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2004

"Superb entertainment: some of the characterizations are superficial, but what counts is the warmhearted celebration of New Yorkers and their restless curiosity."
Rinaldi (The Jukebox Queen of Malta, 1999, etc.) takes a familiar narrative model—the interlocking lives of residents in a Manhattan apartment building—and gives it some bright new plumage. Read full book review >

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THE JUKEBOX QUEEN OF MALTA by Nicholas Rinaldi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 1999

"Then again, in a universe without Catch-22, it's doubtful that The Jukebox Queen of Malta could even have been written."
The influences of Joseph Heller's classic Catch-22 and Louis de Bernieres' recent Corelli's Mandolin are rather too blatantly present in this otherwise well-constructed and quite likable second novel by poet and author Rinaldi (Bridge Fall Down, 1985). Read full book review >

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JULIET’S MOON by Ann Rinaldi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2008

"One of Rinaldi's best. ('what happened next,' author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 10 & up)"
"At your age, all you should be worried about is clothes and boys and reading Moll Flanders," Seth tells his 12-year-old sister, Juliet Bradshaw. Read full book review >

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LEIGH ANN’S CIVIL WAR by Ann Rinaldi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A mess. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Veteran Rinaldi spins a tale that combines low melodrama, cringeworthy faux-Indian mysticism, a back story only the author could possibly understand, a saccharine depiction of slavery, two pregnancies of convenience and only a passing regard for historical accuracy for a nearly 300-page slog that seems to have enjoyed zero editorial intervention. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1999

Beginning with slow, laboring words that lead first to ghastly realization, and then to mature understanding, Rinaldi (Cast Two Shadows, 1998, etc.) explores some of the tragic fates of Native American children during the late 1800s. Read full book review >

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CAST TWO SHADOWS by Ann Rinaldi
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Anna Myers's Keeping Room (1997), a less disingenuous story set in the same place and time, offers a more direct view of the unusual brutality that characterized the war in the Carolinas. (bibliography) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Skeletons come and go from a wealthy South Carolina family's closet when the British army arrives in this tale set during the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

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AMELIA'S WAR by Ann Rinaldi
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

Rinaldi (My Heart is on the Ground, p. 228, etc.) makes character count in a rousing novel that is more than a portrait of a town and a people divided during the Civil War. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A tragic tale, beautifully written and researched. (Fiction. 12+)"
The short and not very happy life of America's first black poet, brought to vibrant life by Rinaldi (The Blue Door, p. 1241, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE EVER-AFTER BIRD by Ann Rinaldi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"It seems Rinaldi is creating myth here, when the real history is dramatic enough. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1851, 13-year-old CeCe McGill accompanies her Uncle Alex, a doctor, ornithologist and abolitionist, on a trip from Pennsylvania to Georgia in search of the rare scarlet ibis to paint for a new book and to guide slaves to the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >

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NUMBERING ALL THE BONES by Ann Rinaldi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"The author provides a fascinating afterword in which she sets the facts and the many real-life characters in the novel in context and includes a bibliography featuring titles about Barton, Andersonville, and the Civil War. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A lovely story, rendered in spare prose by a major writer of historical fiction, Rinaldi's (Girl in Blue, 2001, etc.) tale takes place in Georgia in 1864. Read full book review >