Search Results: "Y. Maudet"


BOOK REVIEW

LIKE A THORN by Clara Vidal
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 10, 2008

"This tightly woven novel leaves the reader entranced, hoping Mélie can survive her teen years and somehow live happily ever after. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Mélie lives with an erratic, terrifying mother who has two personalities: Rosy Mother and Dark Mother. Read full book review >

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I LOVE I HATE I MISS MY SISTER by Amélie Sarn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Quiet yet thought-provoking. (glossary, author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
A teen grapples with both her own identity and the role identity played in her sister's death in this French import. Read full book review >

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THE KEY TO BRAHA by Bryan Perro
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"Perhaps readers of the first in the series will want to continue on, but this effort neither stands alone nor compels. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In the second of the series, 12-year-old Amos unwittingly takes on a hazardous mission: He's killed so he can pass into and fix a netherworld crowded with dead souls who aren't being permitted to pass on to their appointed fates. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THE RUN by Clara Bourreau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"This glimpse of existential amorality will leave readers with much to think about. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Resentful that he didn't know his father was in jail, Anthony determines to stick with him after he escapes, running away with him to the seaside at Nantes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MASK WEARER by Bryan Perro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Occasionally complicated names aside, it's best considered training wheels for fantasy readers. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Chucking in characters, incidents and motifs from various mythologies and folktale traditions, Perro opens his Amos Daragon series—which runs to 12 volumes in the original French—with early exploits of his trickster hero against a brutal but stupid overlord (" ‘I'm boiling water for dinner, my good lord. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VASCO, LEADER OF THE TRIBE by Anne-Laure Bondoux
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"Bondoux's placid, factual style makes for a dull read, but readers who persist will find a lingering tenderness. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Stale writing impedes this tale of a rat's quest for a home. Read full book review >

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A TIME OF MIRACLES by Anne-Laure Bondoux
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"A beautifully cadenced tribute to maternal love and the power of stories amid contemporary political chaos. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A refugee boy and his mother flee Georgia in 1989 and travel alone through the Caucasus for eight years to reach France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PULL OF THE OCEAN by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"The prose is nightmarish but occasionally lovely, and older readers will appreciate its dark magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This French recasting of Perrault's Tom Thumb into a surreal contemporary version is both mesmerizing and strange. Read full book review >

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GRAN, YOU’VE GOT MAIL! by Jo Hoestlandt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Overall, this is a believable exploration of the growth of a relationship between a woman with strong, sad memories from the First World War and a member of the digital generation. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A series of letters between 12-year-old Annabelle and her great-grandmother show Annabelle's increasing sympathy for the older woman, who becomes a friend and confidante. Read full book review >

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THE KILLER’S TEARS by Anne-Laure Bondoux
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 14, 2006

"A lovely story for the right audience. (Fiction. YA)"
This poignant, lyrical story tells of an adult's discovery of love more than of a child's growth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFE AS IT COMES by Anne-Laure Bondoux
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"Sincere and believable. (Fiction. YA)"
Like most 15-year-olds, Mado is stressed about exams, but unlike her peers, Mado knows that poor grades will signal to the family-court judge that her 20-year-old sister and only living relative isn't capable of caring for her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MAMMOTH IN THE FRIDGE by Michaël  Escoffier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"This sublime absurdity should please adult readers as much as very young listeners. (Picture book. 3-5)"
How did that mammoth get in there? And how to get rid of it? Read full book review >