Search Results: "Randy-Michael Testa"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"An affecting mourning for the impending destruction of the Amish community, both for its own sake and for that of our larger society—for whom the Amish, Testa convinces us, can serve as a valuable example."
As a Harvard graduate student, former third-grade teacher at a Denver private school, and serious ethical thinker of Catholic persuasion and ``morally tired'' condition, Testa spent the summer of 1988 living with an Amish family in Lancaster County, where he conducted fieldwork for a Ph.D. thesis exploring a ``community of faith.'' In that period and in frequent subsequent visits, Testa became deeply attached to his host family, impressed by their resolutely unworldly community and involved in their reluctant struggle—the Old Order Amish shun politics, publicity, and any participation in ``outside'' society—against the development forces that are gobbling up local farmland and threatening to destroy the 200-year- old Amish settlement. Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH GARBAGE by Fulvio Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"This may make a good discussion-starter, especially with younger children, but such calls to action as Christopher Cheng's One Child (1999) or Loreen Leedy's Great Trash Bash (1991) convey the problem, and possible responses to it, in more urgent, convincing ways. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Hints of playfulness are squashed beneath the message in this trite consciousness-raiser. Read full book review >

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CAT AND MOUSE AND SOMETHING TO DO by Fulvio Testa
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"All suggestions culminate in the last page, where the mystery lifts, inevitably, and the enormously appealing adventure has just begun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A curious little book that treats the imagination as a yo-yo, expertly played by Testa. Read full book review >

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THE COMET’S CURSE by Dom Testa
SCIENCE FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 2009

"Both a mystery and an adventure, combining a solid cast of characters with humor, pathos, growing pains and just a hint of romance, this opener bodes well for the remainder of the series. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The first in a projected series of six, this book has already won an award in its prior incarnation as a self-published book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALMOST FOREVER by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A tour de force. (Fiction/Poetry. 8-12)"
Each of these chapters is a poem, and together they take a six-year-old-girl on a journey from Christmas 1967 when her father first gets his orders for Vietnam, to February of 1969, when he comes home. Read full book review >

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THE GALAHAD LEGACY by Dom Testa
FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"While this is the conclusion of this particular voyage, there is enough material left to make Galahad fans hope there may be more: It's a new future out there. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
The starship Galahad left Earth on a mission with the last remnants of humankind: 250 teens chosen for their intellect, their areas of expertise and their ability to survive. Read full book review >

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THE DARK ZONE by Dom Testa
SCIENCE FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"Dedicated fans of the series will appreciate it, but it probably won't win new converts. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The fourth installment in Testa's teen saga of space exploration, the Galahad Series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WEB OF TITAN by Dom Testa
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"The adventure continues apace in this second of a planned six-installment series. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Sequel to The Comet's Curse (2009), this is the continuing story of the spaceship Galahad and her crew of teens, sent on a last-ditch effort to save civilization from the virus that seems to be killing all adults on Earth. Read full book review >

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BECOMING JOE DIMAGGIO by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A powerful, glowing, unforgettable achievement. (Poetry. 10-14)"
Joseph Paul, named for the wondrous new rookie centerfielder of the 1936 New York Yankees, has big dreams and a long hard road to travel in order to achieve them. Read full book review >

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COSMIC STORM by Dom Testa
SCIENCE FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Unlikely to win new fans to the series, this is for committed readers only. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
This installment of the series that started with The Comet's Curse (2009) continues the adventures of teens aboard the spaceship Galahad, selected by a dying population to carry Earth's heritage to a new planet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING ABOUT AMERICA by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Riveting—and tender. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Testa writes stories told in poems of surpassing beauty, fragility and depth. Read full book review >

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WHAT TIME IS IT, DANIEL TIGER? by Maggie Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A terrific resource for fans of Daniel Tiger and newcomers alike. (Board book. 2-3)"
Animated PBS character Daniel Tiger helps readers tell time. Read full book review >