'Cyrano,' 'Small Steps'

| May 2, 2006

"Cyrano," "Small Steps"

by Payal Kapadia

“Cyrano,” Geraldine McCaughrean, OUP; 2006; 167pp. So you’ve been struck by Cupid’s arrow, and it hurts, right? Well, for company during your lovesick blues, you could do no better than read about the poet-hero of Edmond Rostand’s 19th-century play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” which is ...

'Firebird,' 'Thor's Wedding Day'

| Feb 7, 2006

"Firebird," "Thor's Wedding Day"

by Payal Kapadia

“Firebird,” Susan Gates, Puffin; 2005; 212pp. Truth is a double-edged sword — that’s what author Susan Gates cautions young readers in this coming-of-age novel about a young girl called Firebird who opens a Pandora’s box of family secrets that bring great pain and yet ...