Search Results: "Sonia Nazario"


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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"This portrait of poverty and family ties has the potential to reshape American conversations about immigration."
An expanded version of Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, originally published in the Los Angeles Times, about the harrowing journey hopeful immigrants take from Central America through Mexico into the U.S. Read full book review >

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THE DARK BETWEEN by Sonia Gensler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Lovers of intrigue should enjoy this lively Victorian mystery whose teen heroes experience danger, romance and ethical dilemmas as they delve into 'the dark between.' (author's note with references) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Three Victorian teens in 1901 Cambridge, England, become perilously embroiled in the Society for Metaphysical Research's deadly investigations of paranormal phenomena. Read full book review >

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ROMEO AND JULIET by Sonia Leong
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

"Gorgeous, readable, original—a winner. (plot synopsis, Shakespeare biography) (Graphic novel. YA)"
Everyone retells the Bard. 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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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 >

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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 >