Search Results: "Nina Revoyr"


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LOST CANYON by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Like Deliverance, a tense and sometimes-violent morality tale formed in the crucible of physical duress."
Revoyr (Wingshooters, 2011, etc.) sends four Angelenos mired in First World angst to confront the wilds of California's Sierra Nevada range.Read full book review >

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WINGSHOOTERS by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Gripping and insightful."
Revoyr's fourth novel (Southland, 2008, etc.) is a coming-of-age saga in which racism cuts across loyalties between family and friends. Read full book review >

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THE AGE OF DREAMING by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Although the pace lags in sections—notably a cross-country train tour which seems to occur in real time—all in all this is a pulse-quickening, deliciously ironic serving of Hollywood noir."
Aging Japanese actor, a former silent-screen sex symbol, is offered a second chance at notoriety. Read full book review >

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SOUTHLAND by Nina Revoyr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"A gripping second novel (after The Necessary Hunger, 1997) with some neat plot twists—but complicated by a byzantine narrative that shifts in time, trying to pack in too much."
A mulligan stew of family saga, whodunit, and social history as a woman's attempt to understand her grandfather's will leads to the reopening of a murder case from the Watts riots. Read full book review >

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THE NECESSARY HUNGER by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A quietly intimate, vigorously honest, and uniquely American hoop dream: tough and tender, without a single false note."
Low-key but refreshing girls 'n' the `hood debut novel about a pair of furiously competitive basketball stars searching for love and certainty in the dank gymnasiums and mean streets of South Central L.A. The familiar inner-city downers of racism, crime, family disintegration, and sports-as-salvation are handled with extraordinary intelligence and sensitivity in this episodic story. Read full book review >

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD SING-ALONG by Nina Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"A collection that begs to be sung in all neighborhoods—city stoops or country front-porch swings alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hop, skip and a jump away from The Neighborhood Mother Goose (2003), Crews once again places classic nursery fare in the middle of bright, bustling Brooklyn streets. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A CHOO-CHOO! by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A disappointing trip on a too-frequently-driven track. (Board book. 1-3)"
Laden revisits the formula she found early success with in Peek-a Who? (2000). Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-WHO? by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
Released: April 1, 2000

"Companion book is Ready, Set, Go! (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The classic child's game of peek-a-boo becomes an exuberant guessing game in this compact, colorful board book from Laden (When Pigasso Met Mootisse, 1998). Read full book review >

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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 >

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Nina Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2011

"Crews' fans will be delighted; others will be drawn in by the nifty mix of folktale and photo-collage. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)"
A contemporary urban version of the ancient tale of beans and boy, with spiky parts rounded off. Read full book review >

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ROBERTO THE INSECT ARCHITECT by Nina Laden
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Buy for Laden's many adult fans or those who particularly admire her wry illustrations for Walter Deans Myers's new Blues of Flats Brown (p. 121). (Picture book. 7-9)"
A sometimes heavy-handed and knowing story about a humble small-town termite who "went against the grain." Read full book review >

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WHEN PIGASSO MET MOOTISSE by Nina Laden
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Laden further lightens the story with goofy wordplay—moosterpiece, pork of art—that adds little when the quality of the artwork and the book's detonation of color are already such pleasures. (Picture book. 4-10)"
During their youthful art wars in Paris, Picasso and Matisse had a brief falling out after a competitive spat. Read full book review >