Search Results: "Serena Vitale"


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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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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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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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2011

"A superb pictorial and video meditation on the life of cities."
A great city is a tiny organism writ large, according to Vitale's debut multimedia e-book. Read full book review >

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THE END OF POLICING by Alex  Vitale
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A clearly argued, sure-to-be-controversial book."
Why better training of police officers is inadequate to reduce strained relations between law enforcement and minority or impoverished communities and why it is necessary to completely rethink the role of police in America. 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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THE CHARM BRACELET by Emily Rodda
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"The series has been running overseas for several years, and to judge from its opener, should have made the jump long ago. (final illustrations not seen) (Fiction. 7-9)"
Writing for a younger audience, the Aussie author of the "Rowan of Rin" series sends a human child to rescue a fairy land about to be overrun by, as one hysterical elf puts it, "trolls and—ogres and—goblins—and dragons—and—giants—and—monsters—and—and—." Read full book review >

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WHEN THE WIND STOPS by Charlotte Zolotow
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1995

"A fine, seamless new match of text and art. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A shortened, reillustrated version of a classic picture book (originally illustrated by Howard Knotts, 1975): A child asks "Why does the day have to end?" Read full book review >