Search Results: "Patricia Castelao"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author's note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
How Ivan confronts his harrowing past yet stays true to his nature exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage. Read full book review >

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MERMAIDS IN THE BACKYARD by Catherine Hapka
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"A middling chapter book for mermaid lovers who don't want big conflicts. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
A girl forges friendships with the mermaids in the ocean behind her house. Read full book review >

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THE HUNGRY GHOST OF RUE ORLEANS by Mary Quattlebaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Pair with Cambria Evans' Bone Soup (2008) or Kazuno Kahora's Ghosts in the House! (2008) for some fantastic, not-so-scary ghostly fun. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An enjoyable New Orleans tale featuring a most un-frightening ghost. Read full book review >

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PATRICIA VON PLEASANTSQUIRREL by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Illustrated with simple cartoons in yellow, purple and gray, this tongue-in-cheek mini-epic will have parents and younger fans of Proimos' offbeat Johnny Mutton tales snickering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Inspired by a certain children's classic about a "silly boy with no social graces" who becomes king of the Wild Things, snotty young Patricia decides to leave home in search of the princessdom she is sure that she deserves. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED STORIES OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH by Patricia Highsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

This massive tome reprints five of the seven complete collections of short stories by Highsmith (1921-95), together with a brief introduction by Graham Greene excerpted from a sixth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GRILLING SEASON by Diane Mott Davidson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"But the plot is labyrinthine and beyond belief Amiable, readable, forgettable."
Goldy Schulz, the catering queen of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is once again embroiled in murder (The Main Corpse, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"Well-intentioned, but nowhere near the deepest read on the shelf."
Davis (Harlot's Sauce, 2008) gives cheerful advice for young women. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Occasionally disjointed, but readers will quite likely be both charmed and educated by these dedicated, candid, brilliant women."
Two generations of civil-rights insights from an activist in her 60s and her daughter, a newspaper reporter turned novelist (The Living Blood, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE EDUCATION OF WILL by Patricia McConnell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An uplifting story of hope about how both dogs and humans need 'a sense that they are not helpless victims.'"
How training an incorrigible puppy helped an internationally renowned animal behaviorist recover from "multiple traumas." Read full book review >

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TRYIN' TO SLEEP IN THE BED YOU MADE by Virginia DeBerry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 1997

"Not as literary as Gloria Naylor, this sisterhood-is-powerful first novel seems a natural for Oprah's Book Club. (Author tour)"
A sprawling, melodramatic debut ``by and about best friends'' that has enough plot twists and surprises for a season of soap operas. Read full book review >

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ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Reminiscent of the best of Jo Walton and Nina Kiriki Hoffman."
Will science or magic save our world and all the living beings on it? That's the question posed in this science fantasy love story by the editor-in-chief of online geek mecca io9.com (Choir Boy, 2005).Read full book review >

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WHAT A WOMAN'S GOTTA DO by evelyn coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Skillfully written, but with a welter of incongruous elements, from black belt karate to Judgement Day, the supernatural, interracial issues, murder, astrology, and genetic engineering."
A children's book author turns her hand to the adult suspense novel—with mixed results. Read full book review >