Search Results: "Randi Rivers"


BOOK REVIEW

PIANO PIANO by Davide Cali
by Davide Cali, illustrated by Éric Heliot, translated by Randi Rivers
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Though framed as a tale for emergent readers, this actually has more to say to parents with selective memory who might be disinclined to give their children's preferences sufficient weight. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Thanks to some grandfatherly intervention, young Marcolino avoids the hated piano to practice a more agreeable instrument in this pointed import. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO LOVED TORNADOES by Randi Davenport
NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 2010

"A gripping memoir of motherly love and absolute devotion."
The chronicle of a mother's increasingly desperate fight to preserve her son's sanity. Read full book review >

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FINDING ZASHA by Randi Barrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"This effort will especially appeal to readers of Saving Zasha, but those who enjoy historical fiction will also find it to be an engaging read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In a prequel to Saving Zasha (2011), Barrow provides a mildly harrowing depiction of life in Russia during World War II. Read full book review >

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LIFE AS I KNEW IT by Randi Hacker
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Some moments are overdone—Andrea's daughter from an earlier marriage actually says, 'if he hadn't divorced my mother, he might not have had a stroke'—but overall, a poignant, easily digestible piece. (Fiction. YA)"
A clear-voiced portrait of a small-town girl and the aftermath of her father's unexpected stroke. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE SOUND by Randi Reisfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"At publication it will already be dated; stick with the sketches in Spin, Heavy Metal, and other periodicals. (b&w photos) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
From the stomach-wrenching perversity of Nine Inch Nails to the Celtic sound of the cranberries, the nine groups profiled here represent alternative rock's startling diversity, but this routine assortment of hype and soundbites does neither the music nor the musicians justice—and any survey that leaves out the likes of REM and Nirvana is bound to be seriously deficient. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONJURING by James Randi
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A must for magic-lovers: smart, sassy, and more fun than a hatful of rabbits. (Photographs—115 b&w and 75 color.)"
A history of conjuring that's lively, opinionated, and impeccably well informed—just what you'd expect from the ``Amazing'' Randi, master magician-turned-masterful debunker (Flim- Flam!, 1980, etc.). Read full book review >

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SAVING ZASHA by Randi Barrow
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A highly engaging and ultimately hopeful animal story with a strong sense of time and place. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In an evocatively realized post-World War II Russia, as some of the severe hardships of war are receding, 13-year-old Mikhail, his older brother, younger sister and mother are suddenly faced with a new peril when they decide to keep a beautiful female German shepherd after its owner dies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE END OF ALWAYS by Randi Davenport
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"It's an accurate commentary about the times that, sadly, may still apply behind the closed doors of many households today."
Set in Waukesha, Wis., at the turn of the 20th century, this is a gritty yet hopeful tale about a young woman determined to escape her family's legacy of abuse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ME by Karen Rivers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Though the footnotes feel gimmicky and distracting, readers will likely be able to look past them (or just skip over them) and cheer for Tink as she comes into her own. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Cleverly woven through the titular encyclopedia—with entries as seemingly mundane as "Apple" and "Oxen"—is the touchingly real and often humorous story of a preteen's struggles with family, friendship and first love. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL IN THE WELL IS ME by Karen Rivers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"Moving, suspenseful, and impossible to put down. (Fiction. 10-16)"
Kammie's fallen down an abandoned well, beyond the reach of the three mean, popular girls who got her into this life-threatening mess. Read full book review >

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BEFORE WE GO EXTINCT by Karen Rivers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 28, 2016

"JC's voice, spoken and unspoken, rings with a note of authenticity. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A summer with his estranged father on an island in the Pacific Northwest helps JC come to grips with his best friend's death. Read full book review >