Search Results: "Sonia Levitin"


BOOK REVIEW

CLEM’S CHANCES by Sonia Levitin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"While the end is predictable, those who like to read about the Westward Movement will enjoy the journey. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this episodic historical novel, Clem Fontayne's chances of success seem slim when he leaves Missouri in 1860 to seek his father in California. Read full book review >

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ROOM IN THE HEART by Sonia Levitin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"But when the story moves into the two days of crisis that precede the evacuation of the Jews, the tension ratchets up so effectively that readers will be on the edges of their seats, historical fact having become immediate textual present. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A solid historical novel explores the Nazi occupation of Denmark, from the night it begins to the extraordinary boatlift that saved some 7,000 of the country's 8,000 Jews. Read full book review >

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THE GOODNESS GENE by Sonia Levitin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Still, teen readers will enjoy teasing out the historical parallels and wondering 'what if,' making this an excellent choice for book discussions. (Science fiction. YA)"
A didactic dystopia ponders big issues: nature versus nurture, and the existence of souls. Read full book review >

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DREAM FREEDOM by Sonia Levitin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Although the story is intended for 10-14-year-olds, readers older than Marcus, the character who ties the story together and who seems to be a fifth- or, at most, sixth-grader, will find him immature and hence be put off the story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Writing from several points of view, Levitin relates the story of modern-day slavery in Sudan and of the destruction of village and family life that civil war has brought to that beleaguered country. Read full book review >

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TAKING CHARGE by Sonia Levitin
Released: March 1, 1999

"Smith's watercolors inject some spunk, but it may be time for Amanda's adventures to come to a rest. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Amanda (Boom Town, 1998, etc.) returns for her third adventure, this time standing in for her mother who has returned to the East to care for her ailing mother. Read full book review >

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STRANGE RELATIONS by Sonia Levitin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 12, 2007

"Still, these are minor quibbles in a transporting experience. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Marne, a 15-year-old girl from a nominally Jewish home, spends a summer in Hawaii with her mother's sister, now a Chasidic Jew, and her deeply religious family. Read full book review >

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THE CURE by Sonia Levitin
Released: April 1, 1999

"Levitin (Yesterday's Child, 1997, etc.) cheats a little to give the future world an upbeat ending, but even so pulls off an unusual mix of science and historical fiction that is as suspenseful and as it is unsettling. (bibliography) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Juxtaposing the past and the future, this potent story explores the societal consequences of diversity and individuality. Read full book review >

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YESTERDAY'S CHILD by Sonia Levitin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"Cardboard, speech-making characters pop in and out of this unsatisfying mystery, leaving readers so removed from the action that they can't appreciate the unraveling of all that Laura has believed. (Fiction. 12+)"
Absurd coincidences drive a preposterous story of a girl who uncovers secrets of her deceased mother's past. Read full book review >

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EVIL ENCOUNTER by Sonia Levitin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1996

"It all requires more suspension of disbelief than most of Levitin's fans will be willing to muster. (Fiction. 12+)"
After her parents' divorce, Michelle and her mother, Sandra, move from Philadelphia to the Los Angeles area. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM EGYPT by Sonia Levitin
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"A deeply felt novel, underlining the philosophical complexity of the story of the Jews' great covenant and their first return to their homeland. (Fiction. 12+)"
In her most ambitious novel since The Return (1987), Levitin follows the events in Exodus through two young people: Jesse of the tribe of Benjamin and Jennat, an Egyptian/Syrian orphan he meets in the house where both are slaves. Read full book review >

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ANNIE'S PROMISE by Sonia Levitin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"Not as strong as its predecessors, but Platt family friends won't want to miss it. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In a third book about the Platts, who fled Germany in Journey to America (1970) and built a new life in L.A. in Silver Days (1989), youngest daughter Annie, 13, is attending a Quaker camp in WW II's last weeks. Read full book review >

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THE GOLEM AND THE DRAGON GIRL by Sonia Levitin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Levitin's entertaining, well-written story is a bit overneat but, still, it deals creatively with a number of significant themes. (Fiction. 9-13)"
There's a lot going on in this offering from a dependable author whose books range from the comic (The Mark of Conte, 1976) to the serious (The Return, 1976, about Jewish Ethiopian refugees) to picture books. Read full book review >