Search Results: "Sheila Fischman"


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"An energetic, brightly imagined fantasy debut."
This teen fantasy debut stars a girl who learns she's a werewolf with ties to a parallel world of magic. Read full book review >

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RU by Kim Thúy
by Kim Thúy, translated by Sheila Fischman
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"As a quest for identity, Thúy's work is not altogether satisfying, but her powerful scene-setting makes her a writer to watch."
In her slim, partly autobiographical first novel, Thúy, a Vietnamese-Canadian writing in French, seeks to make sense through memories of a life straddling East and West. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES by Gaétan Soucy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The latter's death, and the impingement of the 'real world' on the siblings' forced solitude, are narrated in hushed tones that resonate with both suggestive psychological complexity and the emotional coloring of an ancient ballad or folktale."
There's a bit of Mervyn Peake's classic fantasy Gormenghast and a whiff of V.C. Andrews's maudlin gothic Flowers in the Attic in this effectively creepy chamber piece from a popular Montreal author, appearing here for the first time. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2006

"Beautifully written memories of a youth filled with literature, language, family, friendship, love, lust and a place that is no more."
Judaism, community, friendship, love, Farhoud, and above all, reading and writing, form the core of Kattan's vibrant telling of his upbringing in Jewish Baghdad during the mid-20th century. Read full book review >

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SHEILA SAYS WE'RE WEIRD by Ruth Ann Smalley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"A good-humored guide to environmentally responsible behavior, all the more convincing (and refreshing) for being indirect. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Right along with a nosy young neighbor, children get an eyeful of a family's sustainable lifestyle. Read full book review >

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SHEILA RAE’S PEPPERMINT STICK by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A winsome introduction to Henkes for younger audiences and, rarest of all, just the right amount of art for a board book. (Board book. 2-5)"
A sweet treat becomes a source of contention between two sisters in this wry tale about sibling relations and the art of sharing. Read full book review >

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THE LONGEST HOME RUN by Roch Carrier
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 1993

"Also available in French and Spanish. (Picture book/Young reader. 6- 10)"
An award-winning Canadian team (The Hockey Sweater, 1984, has sold 84,000 copies) comes up with another offbeat sports story, set in a Quebec village in 1947. Read full book review >

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TODAY, MAYBE by Dominique Demers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Adults could probably make many dreams and metaphors of this, but it is lovely in itself, with its promise of the power of story and imagination, and the wait for the perfect, sublime friend. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A mysterious and very Gallic (the author is French-Canadian) story with hints of Pippi Longstocking and Pooh without really being very like either. Read full book review >

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WANTING SHEILA DEAD by Jane Haddam
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Haddam (Living Witness, 2009, etc.) gleefully satirizes reality TV and offers a well-thought-out appreciation of Agatha Christie's novels, which she lets Demarkian savor for the first time."
The battles on reality television lead to murder, just as you always knew they would. Read full book review >

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WILL SHEILA SHARE? by Elivia Savadier
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"This simple story should be just at toddler and preschooler's level of understanding as well as offering some relief to frustrated adults. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There have been a number of attempts to address the difficult concept of sharing for toddlers, but Savadier approaches the topic for very young children in a very simple story. Read full book review >

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A.K.A. SHEILA WEINSTEIN by Pat Jordan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The silly, weightless intrigue is only an excuse for an endless round of fantasy scenes in which females with silicon enhancements and without underwear, supplemented by equally enthusiastic gay supporting players, are constantly sinking to their knees in homage to His Majesty."
Operating under still another name, that naughty 48-year-old Sheila Ryan (A.K.A. Sheila Doyle, 2002) continues to fuel the same adolescent fantasies. Read full book review >