Author: petermarino

Peter is an English professor at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, New York where he teaches writing, speech, and the occasional literature class. He won the SUNY Chancellor's Award in 2006 for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. His first young adult novel, Dough Boy, about a fat and self-conscious but very funny high school sophomore, was published by Holiday House in October 2005 and is now available in paperback. It was nominated for the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults in 2006. His latest young adult novel, also with Holiday House, is Magic and Misery, about a teenage girl trying to balance her life with her best gay friend and her new boyfriend. It has been nominated for the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults in 2009 and is on Booklist’s Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth and was placed on the ALA Round Table Rainbow Books Bibliography.. He is finishing up three (yes three) new novels for young readers. Peter’s full-length play, The Grandma Show, co-authored with Tom Ecobelli, has had productions all over the country. His ten-minute play “Ralph Smith of Schenectady, New York...” has been produced in the 9th Annual New York City 15 Minute Play Festival, the Samuel French 2003 Short Play Festival, and SlamBoston! 2005. Another one-act, “The Good Samaritan,” won first place in SlamBoston! 2006.

Kenta and The Big Wave

While Kenta and the Big Wave is technically about the tsunami that devastated the east coast of Japan two years ago, the real heart of it is the concept of peaceful practices. Kenta and his family are spared when the…

Here I Am

I’m interested in the creative process that took place in producing Here I Am. There is no text, so author Patti Kim must have somehow communicated her intended narrative to illustrator Sonia Sanchez. The collaboration is a success because (like…

Mishan’s Garden

It’s very early to review Mishan’s Garden, a lovely picture book being published by Wisdom Publications in October, but I suppose a good buzz can only help with pre-orders. (It was previously published in the nineties with a different title.) Mishan is…

Me and Momma and Big John

  Me and Momma and Big John is an attractive and instructive picture book I found in the Austin Public Library while idly looking for titles to send (by way of retail delivery) to my new nephew. Speaking of infantile,…

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

I have the feeling I am easily impressed by illustration in picture books, probably because I can’t draw a triangle, but this book has magnificent tones and colors, and dimensional shapes that make me keep feeling the page for texture. The…

I Am #6: Harriet Tubman

  Normally I wouldn’t select a series book for review, I could not put this one down. It’s a Scholastic primer for kids, but it refreshed my memory and taught me things I hadn’t known about the great emancipator. For…

Millie Fierce

Little Millie is not exceptional. She is  “too short to be tall, too quiet to be loud, too plain to be fancy.” People ignore her during show-and-tell, no one notices when she enters a room, and she always gets the…

Bonyo Bonyo

  Bonyo Bonyo, by Vanita Oelchlager, is a straightforward biography, told in the first person, with the voice echoing the oral tradition that once passed stories through generations. Bonyo was a Kenyan child from humble beginnings whose intrinsic determination and…