Search Results: "Suzanne Fisher Staples"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2006

"Sprawling and overly ambitious, but incisive and astute."
A veteran globetrotter exhaustively reminisces about the Cold War and its aftermath. Read full book review >

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PARALLEL TIME by Brent Staples
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

"A notable debut."
A provocative coming-of-age memoir that candidly addresses questions of loyalty to family, class, and race. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I'M FIVE by Valorie Fisher
ABC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2011

"Cheerful, if not exactly essential, fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fisher packs a lot—if not exactly everything, or perhaps not even some of the most important things—into this compendium of basic concepts for young children: letters, numbers up to 20, colors, shapes, opposites, seasons. Read full book review >

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ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Impressive and innovative. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Astonishingly arranged assemblages of toys and miniatures described by alliterative nonsense phrases are depicted in brightly colored photographs. Read full book review >

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ARENA BEACH by Donna Staples
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"And while glossily packaged, Terra's final wisdom follow's from her hastily broadened range of experience. (Fiction 12+)"
The small California coastal town of Arena Beach represents security and comfort to Terra Bliss, 17, who hopes to go on living there, preferably as a mechanic—work she loves. Read full book review >