Search Results: "Rona Arato"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 2010

"Although everything bad that can happen does, mild humor and the fantasy element introduced by the dragon blunt the edge and keep the story line fresh. (Magical adventure/historical fiction. 8-11)"
The traditional Lower East Side Jewish immigration story is rekindled with the inclusion of a fantastical fire-breathing-yet-friendly dragon and a bunch of lead-hard matzo balls. Read full book review >

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SAMMY AND THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN by Rona Arato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Some scary moments and a juicy slice of history distinguish this credible mystery. (historical note, glossary of Yiddish) (Historical fiction/mystery. 10-12)"
Young people at a Catskills resort band together to head off (so to speak) some ghostly chicanery. Read full book review >

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THE LAST TRAIN by Rona Arato
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"Nevertheless, this is a good introduction to a difficult topic—give it to readers for whom a 'true' survivor's story will carry more weight than a wholly fictional account. (introduction, photographs, author's notes) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Arato fictionalizes the painful, true story of brothers Paul and Oscar Auslander, 5 and 10 respectively, along with their mother, Lenke—Hungarian Jews who survived Nazi concentration camps during the final years of World War II. Read full book review >

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ON A MEDIEVAL DAY by Rona Arato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Still, each story is supplemented by a map and a spread of background facts, and overall the collection may pique readers' interest in finding out more about some of these realms and eras. (Informational fiction. 9-11)"
Prefaced by a full-page close-up portrait, each of Arato's nine short tales describes a watershed day in the life of a young person in a different part of the world and a time between the eighth and 14th centuries. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Overall, the stories are engaging and inspiring, from the tribulations that came upon Emancipation to the strange new world opened to Chinese workers recruited for the Transcontinental Railroad to the pure brilliance of a school for the blind. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Brief fictional sketches walk readers through 150 years of American history. Read full book review >

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RONA LONG-TEETH by Fran Parnell
retold by Fran Parnell, illustrated by Sophie Fatus
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Misses the mark for the intended audience. (sources) (Folktale/early reader. 6-10)"
A Tahitian tale of a monstrous mother. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TAKEN by Rona Jaffe
Released: July 3, 2000

"For Jaffe fans, this epic tale may well satisfy; others are likely to find it more cloying than not."
Jaffe (Five Women, 1997, etc.) once again returns to her familiar (albeit formulaic) approach and offers a saga spanning five generations of American women. Read full book review >

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THE COUSINS by Rona Jaffe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"If the title's a bit of a bore, Jaffe's plot (or, rather, plotlessness) this time is infinitely more so. (Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
Girl lives happily with boy. Read full book review >

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THE ROOM-MATING SEASON by Rona Jaffe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"For undemanding readers."
Another women-through-the-decades drama from Jaffe (The Road Taken, 2000, etc.), this time based on a premise from a newspaper article she wrote in 1963. Read full book review >

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FIVE WOMEN by Rona Jaffe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 1997

"More a series of character sketches than a novel, though the story nonetheless manages to charm, thanks to Jaffe's lively, distinctly drawn protagonists. (Literary Guild featured alternate selection)"
Plot is not a crucial element in this latest from the prolific Jaffe (The Cousins, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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WALLACE AND GROMIT by Rona Selby
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2006

"Stick with the DVDs. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Reminiscent of early Sesame Street titles for its mediocre writing and fuzzy, low quality illustrations, this house tour will not only be meaningless to readers unfamiliar with the Wallace and Gromit feature film and shorts, it'll leave even confirmed fans struggling to make out what's going on. Read full book review >

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STRAW SENSE by Rona Rupert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 1993

"Rupert emphasizes the story's universality by leaving many details to conjecture—how Goolam- Habib came to be orphaned; even the setting, which might be South Africa. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Young Goolam-Habib has not spoken since the night the forest burned, but at last an old man draws him out by inviting him to help make scarecrows for the strawberry fields. Read full book review >