Search Results: "Sonia Manzano"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In stark and heartbreaking contrast to her Sesame Street character, Manzano paints a poignant, startlingly honest picture of her youth. (Memoir. 12 & up)"
Actress Manzano, best known as Maria from Sesame Street, provides a lyrical and unflinching account of her tough Nuyorican upbringing in the South Bronx. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A stunning debut. (author's note, recommended reading) (Historical novel. 12 & up)"
Set in 1969, Manzano's first novel offers a realistically mercurial protagonist struggling with her identity in Spanish Harlem. Read full book review >

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MIRACLE ON 133RD STREET by Sonia Manzano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A scrumptious treat to be savored and enjoyed, just like a fine holiday dinner. (Picture book. 4-9)"
On Christmas Eve, a large apartment house on 133rd Street in the Bronx becomes the site of a multicultural neighborhood party. Read full book review >

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A BOX FULL OF KITTENS by Sonia Manzano
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2007

"Still, the appealing watercolors and child-friendly elements will draw many readers in. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ruthie, a girl who loves Superman and kittens, is asked to keep her aunt Juanita company. Read full book review >

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NO DOGS ALLOWED! by Sonia Manzano
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Children will happily hitch a ride, laugh at the exaggerated but believable details and misadventures, and listen to the quiet chords of community and cooperation that underlie Iris's sunny account. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sesame Street's "Maria" debuts with this effervescent tale of an extended Bronx family heading for the beach. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Provides a human face, both beautiful and scarred, for the undocumented—a must-read. (epilogue, afterword, notes) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nazario's critically acclaimed book Enrique's Journey, a heart-wrenching account of one young man's journey to migrate illegally from Honduras to the United States to find the mother who left when he was 5, has been newly adapted for young people. 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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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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SLEEPING BOY by Sonia Craddock
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The jacket painting instantly evokes Jamesina's world; in text and in art, she's an appealing heroine, full of old-fashioned spunk. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A curse dropped on the shoulders of a baby by an angry neighbor is subverted into a saving grace when WWII roars through Germany, in this allegorical tale, built along the plot lines of Sleeping Beauty. Read full book review >

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SPEAK OF ME AS I AM by Sonia Belasco
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 4, 2017

"A stirring account of the trials of adolescence. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Art helps two teenagers cope with unbearable sorrow in this novel of loss and self-discovery. Read full book review >

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RANI PATEL IN FULL EFFECT by Sonia Patel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A powerfully particular, 100 percent genuine character commands this gutsy debut. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Rani Patel, daughter of Gujarati immigrants, feels isolated for more than one reason on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in 1991. Read full book review >

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THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Sonia Taitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An affecting, brisk read, especially noteworthy for its essential optimism and accomplished turns of phrase."
An invigorating memoir about coming of age as the daughter of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants and Holocaust survivors. Read full book review >