Search Results: "Sheila Fischman"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPARENTS SONG by Sheila Hamanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Like the beautiful child who gracefully combines the sometimes conflicted heritage of her ancestors, this lovely work combines diverse artistic traditions to create a whole that is, like the American family tree, beautiful and strong. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Stunning illustrations inspired by folk art illuminate Hamanaka's song celebrating the diversity of a young American girl's heritage and her roots in the land. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSY COLE by Sheila Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Readers will connect with Rosy's troubles and share her contentment when she comes out on top once more. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's hard to believe, but Greenwald's Rosy Cole (Rosy Cole: She Walks in Beauty, 1994, etc.) is in eighth grade—``Top of the Heap''—at Miss Read's School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEACE CRANE by Sheila Hamanaka
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"They may question Hamanaka's statement that Sadako folded a thousand paper cranes; as the story goes, Sadako died before she was done, and other childrenin tributecompleted her work. (Picture book. 8+)"
The African-American narrator of this apostrophic verse has heard the story of Sadako's thousand paper cranes; the crane, traditional Japanese symbol of longevity, represents her hopes for peace, both in her violent urban milieu and the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVIE BROOKS IS MAROONED IN MANHATTAN by Sheila Agnew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A predictable plot and poor character development squash this outing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A summer in Manhattan unites an orphaned girl with an uncle she barely knows. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GHOSTS OF TUPELO LANDING by Sheila Turnage
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"This delightful sequel demonstrates that Tupelo Landing may be even better on a second visit. (Mystery. 10-14)"
With heaps of Southern charm and the homespun humor of a favorite uncle, Turnage presents the spirited follow-up to her Newbery Honor debut, Three Times Lucky (2012). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2012

"Readers may find they never want to leave Tupelo Landing. (Mystery. 10-14)"
What do you get when you combine Because of Winn-Dixie's heart with the mystery and action of Holes? You get an engaging, spirit-lifting and unforgettable debut for young readers. Read full book review >