Search Results: "Nina D. Cruz"


BOOK REVIEW

MY GRANDPARENTS AND I/MIS ABUELOS Y YO by Samuel Caraballo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2004

"The tight rhyming of the Spanish text, compared to the somewhat awkward and irregular rhyme of the English, tips readers off that the Spanish is the original, but in both languages the familial love and the love of home are apparent. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Caraballo's rhyming text and Cruz's detailed, full-bleed illustrations convey the warmth of the grandchild/grandparent relationship while also introducing young readers to life in Puerto Rico. Read full book review >

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SING, LITTLE SACK! by Nina Jaffe
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"Cruz's realistic illustrations are attractive, though a few of his faces verge on caricature. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
On Level 3 of the ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' series, a prosaic reshaping of Pura BelprÇ's ``The Earring'' (The Tiger and the Rabbit, 1965), about a girl who, after taking off her earrings to play by the shore, is caught in a sack by an imp-like man who then earns money in the marketplace with his ``magical singing sack''; she's rescued when her song is recognized. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Likely to be especially useful in studies of family and rural life, as well as in comparisons of the ways in which students' families resemble and differ from Tito's large, expressive Latino family. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Brammer's nostalgic tale, a grown-up's remembrance of a boyhood trip to his grandparents' ranch, zeroes in on the excitement of encountering an unknown place for the first time and of enjoying a family reunion full of cousins, aunts, and uncles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOLEDAD by Angie Cruz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2001

"Not even a last-minute death and the tension of ambiguities—what is Flaca's real name? who is Soledad's real father?—are enough to redeem this unambitious first effort."
A choppy debut from young activist and teacher Cruz attempts to record the Dominican experience in New York City. Read full book review >

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KIRIN RISE by Ed Cruz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"An ambitious, thoughtful debut that needs additional focus."
Cruz's action/fantasy debut sees a young woman take on an entrenched, corrupt league of mixed martial arts fighters. Read full book review >

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LET IT RAIN COFFEE by Angie Cruz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"A powerful, affecting second effort."
Cruz (Soledad, 2001), chronicler of New York Dominican life, traces a family's embittering struggle to establish itself between a revolutionary Dominican Republic (circa 1965) and early 1990s Bronx. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2016

"Likely, like its predecessor, to be a fixture on bestseller lists—but not for its imaginative or literary qualities. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Ominous portents in Auradon send the offspring of four Disney villains home—to discover that their evil parents have disappeared. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING LIKE THIS by Eileen Cruz Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2015

"A compassionate coming-of-age novel about the down but not out."
Coleman (Sweetwater American, 2014) tells the story of Jadie Santiago, a young woman starting her career, entering into a new love affair, and hindered by a tragic childhood. Read full book review >

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12/6/2010 by Martin Cruz Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Intelligent, jazzy, romantic, unbelievably tense, completely absorbing. Worth the wait."
War-ready Japan becomes as nostalgically wonderful as the doomed central Europe of Alan Furst in the latest masterwork from the author of Gorky Park. Read full book review >

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WOLVES EAT DOGS by Martin Cruz Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"As always, Smith (December 6, 2002, etc.) imagines a Russia that is sad, broken, and, somehow, romantically irresistible."
In his first outing in five years, Arkady Renko (Havana Bay, 1999, etc.) goes to the forbidden zone around post-disaster Chernobyl, where wolves have returned. Read full book review >

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ROSE by Martin Cruz Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"The crimes here are unremarkable, but the world evoked is memorable, glowing with life. (Author tour)"
Smith (Red Square, 1992, etc.) not only sets his exuberant, sly new novel in Victorian England but goes Victorian novelists one better, conjuring up a plot device at the heart of this mystery that Dickens would envy. Read full book review >