Search Results: "Sumbul Ali-Karamali"


BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Readers will find answers to basic questions about Muslims, yet they might not understand the bigger picture if they don't hang in until the end. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Ali-Karamali offers plenty of anecdotes about growing up Muslim in America in a conversational tone that is undermined by poor organization. Read full book review >

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OTTO: THE STORY OF A MIRROR by Ali Bahrampour
ADVENTURE
Released: May 14, 2003

"They'll root for bandy-legged Otto in his yellow-banded derby and giggle over the zany details in the soft-toned watercolor-and-ink drawings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Otto is bored with his job as a mirror who works at Topper's Hat Store reflecting the customers as they try on hats. Read full book review >

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CLEVER CHAMELEON by Ali Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An asset in any collection, story-timers will clamor to find the title character in each double-page spread. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The jungle animals, including walking stick, chameleon, parrot, lion, leopard, elephant, crocodile and giraffe, decide to play hide and seek. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In middle school, where "Worst Thing" can mean anything from a pimple to public humiliation, Suzy "Zu" Swanson really has a reason to be in crisis: her former best friend has died unexpectedly, and the seventh-grader is literally silenced by grief and confusion. Read full book review >

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MISDIRECTED by Ali Berman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A sermon with too little to say. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The new kid at school comes into conflict with the administration's faith-based agenda. Read full book review >

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A SINGULAR HOSTAGE by Thalassa Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2002

"A colorful muddle not improved by a strained plot."
Newcomer Ali's hand is heavy in concocting the story of a Victorian woman looking for love. Read full book review >

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THE IHOP PAPERS by Ali Liebegott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"Tender writing about a raw life."
Schoolgirl crush frees a young waitress to escape the 'burbs for San Francisco. Read full book review >

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HOTEL WORLD by Ali Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"Long riffs on a theme, presented like a puzzle."
A prizewinner back home, Scotland-born Smith (stories: Like, 1998) offers a verbally high-speed tale of a girl's death that may touch some but will seem mainly airy to others. It was shortlisted for the 2001 Orange Prize—as it is now for the Booker. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST PERSON AND OTHER STORIES by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"The willed spareness of the stories grows annoying, but at her best Smith is an original observer of the blessings and curses of living inside one's imagination."
A collection of 12 smartly constructed observations of the way we think and write, from Whitbread Award-winning Scottish author Smith (The Accidental, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Solid advice for an anxious and angry polity on how to talk about a growing cultural challenge."
An immigration activist confronts the nativist opposition to the nation's changing demography and suggests another way to bridge the yawning cultural divide. Read full book review >

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MADRAS ON RAINY DAYS by Samina Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"However well intended, overwrought and unconvincing."
A young woman, torn between the certainties of life in India and the potentially liberating challenges of America, undergoes an arranged Islamic marriage—with disastrous results. Read full book review >