Search Results: "Serena Romanelli"


BOOK REVIEW

SERENA by Ron Rash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Should be a breakthrough for this masterful storyteller."
The latest from Rash (The World Made Straight, 2006, etc.) is a fine melodrama about a wealthy homicidal couple, latter-day Macbeths, in Depression-era Appalachia. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BOBO SAVES THE DAY by Serena Romanelli
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Super,'' is oddly out of step with the forest setting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A violin-playing orangutan stars in this feeble story about courage and fidelity. Read full book review >

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SERENA KATZ by Charlotte Pomerantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"A treat for readers who find Miss Rumphius a bit too genteel. (Picture book. 7-9)"
All of Elmsville is excited to hear that Mr. Duncan and his family are off to N.Y.C. to visit the great Serena Katz—but is she who they think she is? Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE A WEREWOLF by Serena Valentino
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Though unapologetically campy and an example of pop culture at its finest, Valentino's work is essential for those who are ruled by the moon. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
A glossy guide to the world of lycanthropy. Read full book review >

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BLACKWELL’S ISLAND by Serena Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2005

"With endless cliffhangers, a mystery key, outlandish coincidences, the possibility of ghosts and other menacing creatures and über kids to the rescue, this simply never jells, and a terrific idea for a setting is wasted. (Fiction. 10-11)"
It's 1914 and Alex, 11 and a fairly recent immigrant from Russia, is left alone to take care of himself and his younger sister when their widowed mother disappears. Read full book review >

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THE BEAST WITHIN by Serena Valentino
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 22, 2014

"With clunky writing, an uninspired plot and unbelievably one-dimensional characters (including villains so absurd no one would fear them), this spinoff effort is disappointing at best. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, told from the Beast's perspective. Read full book review >

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HOLD MY HAND by Serena Mackesy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Lock the doors, draw the curtains and hunker down. This is one scary read from an author (Simply Heaven, 2006, etc.) perfectly capable of raising goose bumps even in summer months."
Who would you rather have as a playmate: a nine-year-old ghost or a father who broke your arm? Read full book review >

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PUSHKIN'S BUTTON by Serena Vitale
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"With its unabashed love of intrigue and nuance, Vitale's unusual chronicle of Pushkin's final days will appeal to any lover of Russian literature, history, and culture."
An Italian scholar's unorthodox take on the events leading to Pushkin's fatal duel reads like impassioned fiction. Read full book review >

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MAGIC IN THE CITY by Heather Dyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A satisfying, old-fashioned-feeling magical adventure. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Eleven-year-old Jake and 6-year-old Simon, Canadian brothers, acquire three magic objects that enable them to help themselves and several other people. Read full book review >

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WHY I LOVE MY DAD by Alison Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Pap created for a Hallmark holiday—nothing more. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This little girl's dad may not be able to do some things, but he's good at what he can do. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The clever approach to an age-old bedtime issue will help strengthen vulnerable little minds with some resilient thinking. (Bilingual picture book. 4-6)"
Enlisting the powers of some awesome heroes transforms a child's nightmares into commanding dreams in this bilingual flight of the imagination. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIAN’S BOY by Susan Cooper
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Perfect for reading aloud, the tale will encourage readers and listeners to revisit familiar fairy tales and nursery rhymes. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Boy works for a magician: feeding rabbits, polishing magic wands, weeding the garden, and washing dishes. Read full book review >