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Review of When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

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When Green Becomes 
Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano; 
illus. by Julie Morstad Primary, Intermediate   Porter/Roaring Brook   56 pp. 3/16   978-1-59643-852-1   $18.99 This collection of nearly fifty seasonal poems begins and ends on “march 20” with a blue bird on a flowering tree branch. The poem is the same each time, too: “from […]

The Newbery App review

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The Newbery App (Sugar Coded Apps, 2011) is a handy resource if you’re interested in Newbery history, keeping track of which Medalists and Honor Books you’ve read, or choosing the next one to read. It’s also a fun place to test your skills. The landing page contains the enticing phrase, “Suggest a Book to Me.” […]

Some audiobooks!

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Variously set long ago, far away and right here, right now, these audiobooks deeply engage middle-grade listeners in the struggles — and triumphs — of their protagonists. George, Alex Gino’s middle-grade novel about a transgender girl named George (who secretly thinks of herself as Melissa), gets a remarkable reading from narrator Jamie Clayton, herself transgender. […]

Review of Pax

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker; illus. by Jon Klassen Intermediate, Middle School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   278 pp. 2/16   978-0-06-237701-2   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-237703-6   $11.99 Twelve-year-old Peter and his pet fox have been inseparable since Peter rescued Pax as a kit. Now Peter’s father has enlisted, and there’s no room at Grandfather’s house (where the boy will […]

Review of Our Moon: New Discoveries About 
Earth’s Closest Companion

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Our Moon: New Discoveries About 
Earth’s Closest Companion by Elaine Scott Intermediate   Clarion   72 pp. 2/16   978-0-547-48394-8   $18.99   g This deep dive into the science of the moon includes explanations of its formation and composition, as well as details about the all-important Apollo missions (1963–1972) and the latest in lunar exploration. Scott begins with a […]

Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee on Maybe a Fox

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In our January/February 2016 issue, Mag editor Elissa Gershowitz asked Maybe a Fox coauthors Alison McGhee and Kathi Appelt about their collaboration process — and about that tearjerker ending. Read the full review of Maybe a Fox here. Elissa Gershowitz: How did you work together on this book? (And did you intentionally set out to […]

Review of Maybe a Fox

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Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee Intermediate, Middle School   Dlouhy/Atheneum   261 pp. 3/16   978-1-4424-8242-5   $16.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8244-9   $10.99 Eleven-year-old Jules, a budding geologist, and her twelve-year-old sister Sylvie, the fastest kid in school, live with their father in rural Vermont. Because the girls’ mother died when Jules was small, her […]

Frontier Heroes app review

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The opening screen of Frontier Heroes (Planet H and Red Games, 2014) depicts five cartoonish figures from early American historical eras (they look like maybe George Washington, Pocahontas, a pilgrim, possibly Daniel Boone, or maybe Lewis and Clark). Three icons on the left provide an orientation of sorts: the video icon gives an overview of […]

Of magic and moxie

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These books take place in fantastical worlds, but the protagonists’ pluck may feel familiar to many intermediate and middle-school readers. Twelve-year-old Gracie Lockwood, the high-spirited heroine of Jodi Lynn Anderson‘s My Diary from the Edge of the World, lives in a world that’s like ours but with a few key differences (involving dragons and poltergeists, […]

Review of What Are You Glad About? 
What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person 
Needs a Poem

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What Are You Glad About? 
What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person 
Needs a Poem by Judith Viorst; illus. by Lee White Primary, Intermediate   Dlouhy/Atheneum   102 pp. 2/16   978-1-4814-2355-7   $17.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-4814-2355-1   $10.99 Viorst’s most famous book is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and this […]