Search Results: "Selene Castrovilla"


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MELT by Selene Castrovilla
Released: Nov. 6, 2014

"A fresh, emotionally complex bildungsroman of young American love that looks long and hard at violence, and at what can overcome it."
In Castrovilla's (Revolutionary Friends, 2013, etc.) YA novel, a teenager finds an existential crisis in a doughnut shop—and a love like no other. Read full book review >

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REVOLUTIONARY ROGUES by Selene Castrovilla
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A visually exciting introduction to a famous spy case and a name synonymous with 'traitor.' (aftermath, timelines, places to visit, resources) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
During the Revolutionary War, Maj. John André and Maj. Gen. Benedict Arnold each sought glory, but instead both found ruin. Read full book review >

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BY THE SWORD by Selene Castrovilla
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"This young officer's crisis of conscience makes a worthy theme to explore, but young students will gain more insight into the soldiers' war from such conventional nonfiction as Richard Ammon's Valley Forge (2004). (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
In this fictionalized episode from the Battle of Long Island, 22-year-old Lieutenant Benjamin Tallmadge wrestles belatedly with the reality of killing and the possibility of being killed on the battlefield. Read full book review >

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REVOLUTIONARY FRIENDS by Selene Castrovilla
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Of potential interest as curriculum support, this treatment requires advanced reading skills (or a grown-up) and a basic understanding of the historical context. (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
This effort to illuminate and explicate the affectionate relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, as well as its impact on United States history, is enthusiastic but perhaps ambitious for the format. Read full book review >

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UPON SECRECY by Selene Castrovilla
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Young readers will find a clearer, more readable account of the Culper network in Thomas B. Allen's George Washington, Spymaster (2004). (Picture book. 8-10)"
"George Washington needed spies." Read full book review >

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SELENE OF THE SPIRITS by Melissa Pritchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 1998

"Fit to stand on the shelf with Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman and Byatt's Possession. (Author tour; TV satellite tour)"
paper 0-86538-095-3 Moving, deeply satisfying fiction, set with great exactitude in 1870s England, that chronicles the turbulent romance of an ambitious, scientist with a gifted young medium. Read full book review >

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RENAISSANCE MOON by Linda Nevins
Released: April 1, 1997

"Selene swiftly loses our sympathy, Nevins turns to ever more forced inventions, and the narrative lags in a book that's, finally, chilly and unmoving."
Nevins's second novel, following her Commonwealth Avenue (1996), is the slow-moving tale of a beautiful scholar whom the cold moon goddess Artemis drives mad. Read full book review >

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BUILDING HARLEQUIN’S MOON by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2005

"Despite many agreeable details, there's little to be done with such a far-fetched and overelaborate setup; practically from page one the narrative settles into a comfortable rut and thereafter stays its entirely predictable course."
First full-length outing for these long-time collaborators, in Niven's (Ringworld's Children, 2004, etc.) world-building tradition—literally. Read full book review >

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WINTER OF THE GODS  by Jordanna Max Brodsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A preposterous page-turner."
A follow-up to The Immortals (2016) in which ancient Greek gods assume 21st-century identities and band together to fight a threat to their millennia-old existence. Read full book review >

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THE STAR OF ISTANBUL by Robert Olen Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"A respectable work of historical crime fiction, a form Butler is still mastering."
The second foray into crime fiction by Pulitzer-winning novelist Butler features a big shipwreck, a little seduction and a lot of chatter. Read full book review >