Search Results: "Renée Graef"


BOOK REVIEW

NONNA'S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE by Lidia Bastianich
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Grazie! for this warm celebration. (Picture book/cookbook. 6-10, adult)"
The chef and television personality makes another charming foray into family and food history (Nonna Tell Me a Story, 2010). Read full book review >

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WHILE YOU ARE AWAY by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Libraries near military bases might want to order multiples. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Children in three families miss a parent made absent by service in the military. Read full book review >

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THÉRÈSE MAKES A TAPESTRY by Alexandra S.D. Hinrichs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"This charming narrative of a determined girl's artistic talent and will to succeed in the family business makes a compelling story on an unusual topic. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A girl in 17th-century Paris weaves a small tapestry as a gift for her father, and her work receives special recognition from Louis XIV. Read full book review >

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A GIRL NAMED DAN by Dandi Daley Mackall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"A note on the flap states that the story comes from the author's own attempt to win the batboy contest, but this tie to reality doesn't make up for the lack of spirit and energy. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A girl named Dandi daydreams about baseball and loves to play. Read full book review >

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BARRY'S BEST BUDDY by Renée  French
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"A rare miss for this innovative imprint. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
Bored Barry's buddy has a surprise for him, but when will they get to it? Read full book review >

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DISCLAIMER by Renée Knight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"An addictive psychological thriller."
When a mysterious novel appears on her bedside table, a successful documentary filmmaker finds herself face to face with a secret that threatens to unravel life as she knows it. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"Child-friendly homilies and homegrown art designed to inspire thoughtful conversation."
A colorfully illustrated book of advice that invites introspection. Read full book review >

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WHAT MOMMA LEFT ME by Renée Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Warm, rich and satisfying. (recipe) (Fiction. 10-14)"
After her mother's death at the hands of her abusive father, African-American eighth grader Serenity Evans and her younger brother go to live with their loving grandfather, a pastor, and grandmother, a church volunteer, in this enlightening debut novel. Read full book review >

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FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2017

"This story (and sequels) will undoubtedly enthrall readers seeking a torrid, tortured romance in a trendy setting; still, a disappointment from an author capable of so much more. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
In a historical fantasy inspired by feudal Japan, the daughter of aristocrats finds a place among sort-of-ninjas akin to Robin Hood's band. Read full book review >

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WHERE LOVE LEAVES US by Renée Manfredi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1994

"Daring and interesting, but also long and overly detailed, without a crowning message."
Nine intricately configured stories—many about fathers and daughters on the Italian south side of Pittsburgh in the 1960's—by 1993 Iowa Short Fiction Award co-winner Manfredi (see Williford, below). Read full book review >

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THE SINGING TEACHER by Renée Guerin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"Silly and overwrought, then, rather than smart or scary, but with enough action, sex, and showbiz maneuvering to keep the pages turning."
Ambitious would-be actors are the pawns of a mysterious evil force in former actress Guerin's hyperventilating suspense debut. Read full book review >

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THE PICKWICKS' PICNIC by Carol Brendler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A family romp that demonstrates what a positive attitude and a bit of resourcefulness can accomplish in less-than-ideal circumstances. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A family of dogs escapes the heat of the city for a picnic by the shore, if they can only get through the traffic. Read full book review >