Search Results: "Nina de Gramont"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY I LOVE by Nina de Gramont
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"While not romantic, Wren and Tim's relationship becomes another powerful iteration of the book's message that '[l]ove is love,' and all loves deserve respect.(Fiction. 12-18)"
Wren's infatuation with handsome charmer Tim takes on an unexpected emotional depth after Tim reveals that he is gay. Read full book review >

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THE LAST SEPTEMBER by Nina de Gramont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fine literary whodunit from an accomplished storyteller."
A moody murder mystery infused with love and grief—and a fascination with Emily Dickinson. Read full book review >

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OF CATS AND MEN by Nina de Gramont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2001

"The premise is too slight, though, and the tone too tepid to sustain much interest."
Debut collection of linked stories focusing on an all-too-common contemporary type: a tense, persnickety woman on one side or another of 30, beset by vague feelings of disappointment and the dawning realization that she doesn't know it all and can't have everything. Read full book review >

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EVERY LITTLE THING IN THE WORLD by Nina de Gramont
FICTION
Released: March 23, 2010

"As told from Sydney's point of view in an authentic adolescent voice, her growing self-awareness of 'what's discovered after losing your way' is both moving and hopeful. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A deft and poignant exploration of reproductive choices. Read full book review >

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GOSSIP OF THE STARLINGS by Nina de Gramont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2008

"A transfixing confessional about the secret lives of dangerous girls."
Unsavory deeds at a girl's preparatory academy shatter a rare friendship between two students. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >