Search Results: "Teresa Flavin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHADOW LANTERN by Teresa Flavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"For most readers, the first two mysteries will have sufficed. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In this, their third art adventure, Sunni and Blaise are inexorably pulled back to the painting The Mariner's Return to Arcadia in Blackhope Tower, the setting of their first encounter with the artist/sorcerer Fausto Corvo and villain Soranzo (The Blackhope Enigma, 2011). Read full book review >

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THE CRIMSON SHARD by Teresa Flavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A gripping continuation. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In the sequel to The Blackhope Enigma (2011), a villain abducts Sunni and Blaise to discover the secrets they learned while inside magical artist Fausto Corvo's painting. Read full book review >

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THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA by Teresa Flavin
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Readers raised on Jon Agee's The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau (1988) will be delighted with Flavin's fully-realized, action-packed debut. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Video games and themes parks are no match for the world Il Corvo created. Read full book review >

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ALL FAMILIES ARE SPECIAL by Norma Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Flavin's smiling, multicultural cast reinforces the message of this bluntly purposeful tale designed to spark family or class interchanges while validating a wide variety of family arrangements. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a diversity lesson covered by the thinnest veneer of plot, children in a classroom pipe up to describe their families: large, small, nuclear, and extended; interracial, international, single-parent, divorced parents, same-sex parents; comprised of multiple generations, adoptees, absent members, and even pets. Read full book review >

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THE OLD COTTON BLUES by Linda England
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"A depiction of Johnny's deceased father, blowing on the harmonica in heaven, is an effective evocation of the joy of music, and the distinctively African faces of the angels are radiantly done. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Dexter is a boy who loves three things: his mother, pork chops, and the ``sound of Johnny Cotton's clarinet.'' That last one makes Dexter feel ``the blue-down blues, and the deep-down- shaking, slow-laughing feel-goods.'' This city-dwelling boy, who has just one parent, has the strong desire to play, too; his dream of having a clarinet is not possible, but the kindly Johnny shares his time and encourages the boy with a story and a gift- -his own father's harmonica. Read full book review >

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YOU HAVE TO WRITE by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Elementary teachers will find this unusual combination of poetry and advice a useful introduction to creative-writing assignments. (Poetry. 8-11)"
Coming up with new ideas is a common dilemma of many a writer, from budding elementary-school essayists to experienced novelists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Most libraries will want to make room on the biography shelves for this one, which will be useful during Black History Month and for those inevitable biography book-reports. (author's note) (Biography. 8-11)"
Borden (Good Luck, Mrs. K!, 1999, etc.) and Kroeger collaborate for the second time (Paperboy, 1996) in this easy biography of the first African-American to earn a pilot's license. Read full book review >

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A KISS TO REMEMBER by Teresa Medeiros
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2001

"Plenty of fun for the Harlequin crowd."
Another reworked fairy tale from Madeiros (The Bride and the Beast, 2000)—this time, Sleeping Beauty as a Regency romance. Read full book review >

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A TALENT FOR MURDER by Teresa LaRue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"This easy-reading first in a planned series is full of Southern charm, a touch of romance, and the usual suspects."
When her aunt comes under suspicion in a murder case, a devoted niece turns sleuth. Read full book review >

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SKANK by Teresa McWhirter
CLASSICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

This stark, convincing portrait of a girl struggling to live in a tough neighborhood should appeal to teens looking for realism. Read full book review >

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Rekindled by Teresa Irizarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2015

"An uneven novel that nevertheless provides an accessible introduction to an overlooked hero and the birth of religious freedom in the North American colonies."
A fictional reconstruction of Roger Williams' fight (and flight) for religious freedom in 17th-century England and New England. Read full book review >