Search Results: "Stephanie LaCava"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"There's a thin line between precocious and overly precious, and this literary debut steps well across it."
A self-consciously odd coming-of-age memoir in the form of essays about places and objects. Read full book review >

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NO ONE CAN KNOW by Adrienne LaCava
MYSTERY THRILLER

"A riveting historical novel, featuring brisk plotting and engaging characters."
LaCava's well-researched, character-driven debut thriller tells a tale of CIA involvement in President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Read full book review >

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NEW BABY! by Stephanie Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"It's a well-worn theme, and takes with less risky coping strategies abound, from Kevin Henkes' Julius, the Baby of the World (1991) on. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Young Simon is stunned to learn that his parents aren't planning to send his new little brother back to the hospital. Read full book review >

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SUPER BUNNY by Stephanie Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Underwhelming. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Super Bunny wields a pink gun and wears a cape and mask as he sniffs out villains. Read full book review >

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THE QUIET PIRATE by Stephanie Thatcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2016

"Beleaguered introverts may give a hearty cheer, but neither the art nor the writing is particularly seaworthy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Even if the meek don't end up inheriting the Earth, sometimes they can bag a pirate ship. Read full book review >

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THE TOY FAIRY by Stephanie Thatcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A fairy tale that's more morality than magic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What to do when a boy won't clean his room? Read full book review >

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LITTLE FOX IN THE FOREST by Stephanie Graegin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A wordless picture book that makes a great read. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A small child, a fox, and the deep forest: not a grim tale at all but rather a magical journey culminating in an act of mutual kindness. Read full book review >

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A DEAL'S A DEAL by Stephanie Blake
ANIMALS
Released: July 26, 2011

"While Blake's vibrantly colored, childlike pictures are appealing, the text lacks a certain je ne sais quois. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Blake follows her first picture book about Simon the Super Rabbit, I Don't Want to Go to School (2009), with a disappointingly underdeveloped story about two friends and their toys. Read full book review >

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THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 9, 2015

"Dark and not just a little sensational but hugely involving nevertheless. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl who has just escaped a destructive cult after her hands were cut off lives in juvenile detention, found guilty of assault, a crime she indeed did commit. Read full book review >

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SISTERS OF GLASS by Stephanie Hemphill
Released: March 27, 2012

"A fiery, feminist love story young teens, particularly girls, should just devour. (Verse novel. 11 & up)"
Love and conventional roles for women collide in this page-ripping tale from 15th-century Venice. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"The fantastic photographs are the stars here, with each striking shot worth more than the proverbial thousand words. (Nonfiction. 2-7)"
Younger children will enjoy the amusing photographs in this collection of nature photography, the third in the Moments in the Wild series (Peaceful Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Homes, below, etc.). Read full book review >