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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GHOSTLIGHT by Sonia Gensler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Frightening and engrossing. (Horror. 10-14)"
A preteen girl and her newfound friend investigate paranormal activity on her grandmother's farm. Read full book review >

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THE REVENANT by Sonia Gensler
FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"While Willie's personal story and the school mystery don't always mesh, the well-drawn characters and suspenseful plot should keep readers fully engaged. (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
When her mother insists she leave boarding school and come home, Willie, 17—a teen rebel à la 1896—assumes the identity of another student who's decided to decline a teaching position at the Cherokee Female Seminary. Read full book review >

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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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NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 1992

"Taitz's descriptions of her own children and her feelings for them, however, would play anywhere—they are touching, sincere, endearingly besotted in a way all mothers will recognize."
Taitz, a columnist for Child magazine, offers an uneven collection of short essays loosely linked by the theme of learning both to resist the hype that modern parents are bombarded with and to trust your own instincts in raising your children. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2012

"Gritty, gripping and often heartbreaking—an impressive piece of narrative nonfiction."
A harsh, cinematic look at the international sex trade. Read full book review >

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GODDESS FOR HIRE by Sonia Singh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Witless and lame debut."
An "ethnic chick-lit" entry about a southern California Indo-American woman, who turns out to be the reincarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, reads like a dumbed-down episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Read full book review >