Search Results: "Sandi Tan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLACK ISLE by Sandi Tan
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Cassandra is compelling, but despite graphic, sometimes gratuitous eroticism and violence, the ambitious novel eventually becomes a slog through too many ghosts."
Tan debuts with a cinematically epic ghost story set largely on a Malaysian island that bears a striking resemblance to her native Singapore. Read full book review >

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AMY TAN by Barbara Kramer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

Kramer (Alice Walker, 1995) describes in a clear narrative Tan's complex personal history, her intricate Chinese-American family story, and above all, her tangled relationship with her mother as the wellsprings for her fiction. Read full book review >

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TAN TO TAMARIND by Malathi Michelle Iyengar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Undoubtedly well-intentioned, this effort falls regrettably flat. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
Helping ethnic children find the beauty in themselves is the goal of Iyengar's celebratory cycle, which venerates various hues of brown in each poem. Read full book review >

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BLACK IS BROWN IS TAN by Arnold Adoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"As the number of interracial families goes up but their representation in picture books remains vanishingly slight, this fresh rendition still makes a cogent statement. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
The author and illustrator of this groundbreaking 1973 portrait of an interracial family (Adoff and his wife, the late Virginia Hamilton, were the models) reunite for this updated overhaul. Read full book review >

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WILD INDIGO by Sandi Ault
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Ault's portrait of Pueblo life and the conflict of cultures she dramatizes are integral to her rousing debut."
A resource protection agent for the Bureau of Land Management finds that her satisfying career may be the death of her. Read full book review >

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WILD INFERNO by Sandi Ault
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Mystery takes a back seat to a sensitive look at Native-American culture and a compelling account of the fight to tame ever-increasing wildfires."
A wildfire ravaging the border country of Colorado and New Mexico provides a handy spot for murder. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET SHELTER by Sandi LeFaucheur
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"An appealing story for a preteen audience and a film-worthy concept, but The Secret Shelter on the whole remains thin despite its vast narrative ambitions."
Three preteens and their teacher find themselves trapped in the Blitz of WWII in a time-travel novel that's not quite long enough to do its puzzles justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HITLER’S CANARY by Sandi Toksvig
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"An author's note explains what is true of her own family history retold in the story. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
During WWII, the Danes, whose nation was occupied by the Germans, knew the British called them, "Hitler's Canary." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK FEATHERS by Cecilia Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"To avoid narcosis, full hormonal participation is required."
A debut collection featuring 23 tales devoted to erotic fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SINGING BONES by Shaun Tan
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"These inscrutable, unsettling sculptures demand that viewers connect art and tale, examining their own reactions to the darkest impulses and glimpses of light within the book—and themselves. (foreword, introduction, bibliography, afterword, annotated index) (Fairy tales. 12 & up)"
Tan's latest book is a portable gallery: each spread features an artfully illuminated sculptural scene facing a paragraph-length "explanation"—an excerpt from one of 75 Grimm fairy tales. Read full book review >

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RULES OF SUMMER by Shaun Tan
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 29, 2014

"Evocative, enthralling and with absolutely astounding artwork so good readers will wish that, like summer, it would last forever. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
One summer, two brothers live by mysteriously dire rules laid down by the older of the pair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIRD KING by Shaun Tan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Rewarding territory to explore not just for budding artists or writers, but for daydreamers in general. (media and production notes) (Artist's sampler/showcase. 6 & up)"
From a master of visual mystery, a beguiling gathering of sketches, doodles, portraits and written thoughts about art and creativity. Read full book review >