Search Results: "Nina LaCour"


BOOK REVIEW

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2014

"An absorbing Hollywood read. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Los Angeles native and budding production designer Emi is at a turning point. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"Hauntingly beautiful. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Colby and Bev plan to forgo college in favor of a brief tour with Bev's band, The Disenchantments, followed by a year traveling through Europe. But only hours into the trip, Bev makes an announcement that changes everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLD STILL by Nina LaCour
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"LaCour strikes a new path through a familiar story, leading readers with her confident writing and savvy sense of prose. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Still reeling from the recent death of her best friend, Caitlin returns to school hoping to find some peace but instead finds only confusion, loneliness and pain. Read full book review >

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WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An elegantly crafted paean to the cleansing power of truth. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
"If only lonely were a more accurate word. It should sound much less pretty." Read full book review >

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YOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"A once-upon-a-time reminder that life sucks and love stinks—but ain't they grand? (Fiction. 15 & up)"
In fair San Francisco where we lay our scene, a pair of star-cross'd classmates freaks out about life. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A BOO! by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A good-enough choice for parents and teachers to use to get the youngest goblins excited about many adults' favorite holiday while introducing sophisticated, though still one-syllable, vocabulary. (Board book. 1-3)"
Laden puts a Halloween spin on her successful wordplay board books, Peek-a-Who? (2000) and Peek-a-Zoo! (2014). Read full book review >

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BELOW by Nina Crews
by Nina Crews, photographed by Nina Crews
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Alternating views of Jack on the white, brightly lit steps above with Guy suspended in near darkness below, Crews expertly captures the mini-episode's drama, as well as the inexhaustible possibilities of stairs as playscapes. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Using a mix of manipulated photography and line drawing, Crews places a lad with a wooden toy companion on a painted staircase next to a small, enticing hole. Read full book review >

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ROMEOW AND DROOLIET by Nina Laden
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Readers fond of Mary Jane Auch's equally clever animal send-ups, from Poultrygeist (2003) on, will be rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 7-9)"
With "a wag of the tail to Shakespeare," Laden recasts the star-crossed lovers as house pets—albeit in a mix of modern and Renaissance courtly dress in the dashing, canted-perspective illustrations. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-ZOO! by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"While the first book executed this gimmick more successfully (there are only so many words that rhyme with 'Boo'), this companion title is a welcome pairing. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The follow-up to the long-lived and much-loved Peek-a-Who? (2000) is finally here. Read full book review >

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SKY-HIGH GUY by Nina Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 2010

"The spare text hits just the right notes, and, along with the full-bleed photos of regular (and adorable) kids in a regular (and lushly leafy) backyard, captures the childhood thrill of believing, if only for a while, that poor, steadfast Guy might really be in terrible danger and that only boy heroes could ever save the day. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this winning companion to Below (2006), Crews tells a simple story-in-photographs of two brothers, Jack and Gus, and their serene action figure, Guy, who's amenable to any kind of adventure from dinosaur hunting (on the bookshelf between Seabiscuit and Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary) to saving the city from destruction to ("Oh, no!") getting caught in a backyard tree while skydiving. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I'LL CATCH THE MOON by Nina Crews
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"In style and setting, this book is virtually a repeat of Crews's One Hot Summer Day (1995), but its star-drenched, dreamlike mood gives it a totally different emotional content. (Picture book. 4+)"
A girl's wish to build a ladder from her New York City apartment to the moon is vividly brought to life through ingenious photo-collages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DADDY WRONG LEGS by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Good, silly fun. (Board book. 2-4)"
A split-page board book allows readers to mix and match the upper bodies and legs of animal daddies, a skeleton father and a human dad. Read full book review >