Search Results: "Serena Valentino"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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MISTRESS OF ALL EVIL by Serena Valentino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Despite frequently inelegant prose, the story will probably please series fans. (Fantasy. 10-18)"
Disney's Villains series' fourth installment highlights Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Compared to vampires and werewolves, zombies don't get their fair share of undead love outside of a handful of classic films; for partly decomposed—or still-breathing zombie wannabes—this is a shamble in the right direction. (index) (Faux-nonfiction. 10-13)"
Heavy for its small size but light as a feather in content, this vade mecum for the newly necrotic fills garishly hued pages of coated stock with advice and superficial "information" about zombie varieties, makeup and fashion wear; zombie friends and predators; "zombielicious" party food, rock bands, reading matter, board and video games and more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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MORE THAN HAPPY by Serena B. Miller
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A rich, entertaining compendium of thoughts on the Amish way of life."
An analysis of family life in Amish communities. Read full book review >

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THE DREAM JAR by Lindan Lee Johnson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"2005), illustrated by Jared Lee, this 'Fabulously Fun' flit comes off as decidedly chick-lit-ish—but also more optimistic about the effectiveness of its suggested techniques. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Big sister offers nightmare-ridden little sister a coping strategy in this relentlessly girly debut for Johnson. 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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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 >