Search Results: "Nina Revoyr"


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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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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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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 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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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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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 >

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YOU ARE HERE by Nina Crews
by Nina Crews, photographed by Nina Crews
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This is a slice of real life, that makes a child's fanciful interludes part of every day. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Crews (Snowball, 1997, etc.) starts with a rainy day and two girls, Joy and Mariah are stuck inside and so dream up a game_they will go on a trip. Read full book review >

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SNOWBALL by Nina Crews
by Nina Crews, illustrated by Nina Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It's a short tale entirely from a child's-eye view—from a child's heart—and a celebration of snow, play, and city. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A spirited companion to Crews's debut, One Hot Summer Day (1995), that begins with endpapers that capture a wintry New York City in 18 city snowscapes arranged in a checkerboard. Read full book review >

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FAMILIES ARE DIFFERENT by Nina Pellegrini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Warm, attractive, and useful. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In her first children's book, Pellegrini takes on the voice of her younger adopted daughter, Nico, who explains that she and her sister come from Korea; they don't look like their parents- -''I grew in someone else's belly, but my mom and dad are the ones who promised to love and take care of me forever.'' Comparing her family to others she knows, Nico discovers nine other patterns—varied in size, color, composition, and family resemblances—all ``glued together with...love.'' Like real people, the ones in Pellegrini's serviceable illustrations are a little homely, but they effectively communicate their mutual affection. Read full book review >