Search Results: "Suzanne Fisher Staples"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF DJINN by Suzanne Fisher Staples
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 11, 2008

"Though this can stand on its own, familiarity with its predecessors adds depth and richness to an important saga. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 11+)"
In this eloquently written sequel to Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind (1989) and Haveli (1993), Shabanu has been in hiding for ten years, fearing for the life of her daughter, Mumtaz. Read full book review >

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SHIVA'S FIRE by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Released: April 12, 2000

"The ritual of the dance, the harshness of mud huts and poverty against the sumptuous environs of the maharaja's palace, and the longing of Parvati not only for the dance but for the maharaja's son, make this a heady and exotic tale. (Fiction.12-14)"
A powerful new story from the author of Dangerous Skies (1996). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 8, 2003

"In the final scene, Dr. Speicher tells Mrs. Fisher that Suzanne 'has an active imagination, and that might turn out to be a good thing someday,' and that has been Staples's gift to the world of children's literature. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Suzanne loves saving animals—crayfish, chipmunks, birds, tadpoles, snakes, turtles—but what she really wants is a dog. Read full book review >

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HAVELI by Suzanne Fisher Staples
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Map, list of characters, glossary. (Fiction. 12+)"
In a follow-up to Shabanu (1989, Newbery Honor), the fourth wife of wealthy Pakistani landowner Rahim is still in her teens; her only child, Mumtaz, is nearly five. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE PERSIMMON TREE by Suzanne Fisher Staples
FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 2005

"Staples brings beautiful, war-torn Afghanistan closer in this affecting, eye-opening novel. (map, author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 12+)"
Time: one month after September 11, 2001. Read full book review >

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DANGEROUS SKIES by Suzanne Fisher Staples
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 1996

Stubborn naãvetÇ destroys a close interracial friendship in this long, turgid story from the author of Haveli (1993), set on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Read full book review >

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SHABANU by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"An unforgettable heroine set like a fine jewel in a wonderfully wrought book. Map, pronouncing list of names, glossary."
Using the present tense and the voice of Shabanu herself, this splendid first novel takes the reader, with astonishing immediacy, into the life and mind of a courageous, intelligent Pakistani girl. Read full book review >

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JEREMY FISHER by Beatrix Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2011

"High production values and a story-centered design give this a leg up over flashier, more game-like e-books. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Potter's tale of a hapless frog who sets out to catch a minnow for dinner and almost ends up being dinner himself gets several useful extras in this unabridged app. It also receives a design upgrade that increases the original's cramped trim size and eliminates its blank pages while pairing text and pictures more closely together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUZANNE VALADON by June Rose
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 1999

In this entertaining and informative book, Rose (Modigliani: The Pure Bohemian, 1991) chronicles the tumultuous life of a French woman whose exceptional talent and determination earned her the admiration of her more famous contemporaries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT FISHER by R. Kikuo Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A dark, grand, sweeping dream of a book."
The lulling beauty of Hawaii proves a troubling soporific for a quiet and once-promising teenager. Read full book review >

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A FISHER by Douglas Florian
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"An interesting and useful text that would have been made memorable with the right visuals. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3+)"
One day in the life of a fisherman is captured in simple prose and cheerful watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE FISHER KING by Paule Marshall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Several distinct voices and points of view develop this multilayered narrative, reminiscent of jazz improvisations that explore a melody in different ways. But Marshall's undisciplined prose doesn't have the sensual immediacy of music: ultimately the effect is more confusing than lyrical."
Two feuding Brooklyn families—West Indian and American—come to terms with the past when a young great-grandson arrives in their midst. Read full book review >