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Review of Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson

Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson by Jen Bryant; illus. by Cannaday Chapman Primary, Intermediate, Middle School    Abrams    48 pp. 11/19    978-1-4197-3653-7    $17.99 Beloved African American playwright August Wilson, known for his ten-play Pittsburgh Cycle and other dramas, is introduced to young readers in this elegant picture-book biography....

Review of York: The Clockwork Ghost

York: The Clockwork Ghost by Laura Ruby Middle School    Walden Pond/HarperCollins    449 pp. 5/19    978-0-06-230696-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-230698-2    $7.99 Despite the destruction of their beloved apartment building at the end of the previous book (York: The Shadow Cipher, rev. 5/17), codebreaking twins Theo and Tess Biedermann, along with artistic...

Review of Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond Middle School, High School    Triangle Square/Seven Stories    183 pp. 3/19    Paper ed.  978-1-60980-907-2    $15.95    ebook ed. 978-1-60980-908-9    $13.99   Poems as piercing and reflective as the shards of a shattered mirror offer stunning...

Review of Internment

Internmentby Samira AhmedHigh School    Little, Brown    304 pp.    g3/19    978-0-316-52269-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-52266-3    $9.99Xenophobic fear-mongering, book burnings, terrified families rounded up in the middle of the night to be thrown into internment camps — all painfully familiar elements of America’s past and present — descend upon Layla Amin’s near-future dystopian...

Review of Speak: The Graphic Novel

Speak: The Graphic Novelby Laurie Halse Anderson; illus. by Emily CarrollHigh School    Farrar    376 pp.2/18    978-0-374-30028-9    $19.99In this new graphic novel adaptation of Anderson’s Speak (rev. 9/99) — a powerful narrative of a high school freshman’s year of self-preservation after a brutal sexual assault — artist Carroll starkly renders protagonist...

Review of Hurricane Child

Hurricane Childby Kheryn CallenderMiddle School    Scholastic    213 pp.    g3/18    978-1-338-12930-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-12932-8    $10.99Twelve-year-old Caroline Murphy, who lives on tiny Water Island near St. Thomas, is certain that she is cursed, and she may be right. Born inauspiciously during a hurricane — a portent of bad luck — Caroline was...

Review of You Bring the Distant Near

You Bring the Distant Nearby Mitali PerkinsHigh School    Farrar    305 pp.    g9/17    978-0-374-30490-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-374-30491-1    $9.99In 1973 the Das sisters, Tara and Sonia, with their mother Ranee, join their father in New York City. Ranee is determined that her family will take advantage of the opportunities America offers even...

Five questions for Mitali Perkins

Photo: Bethany Carnes.Mitali Perkins's latest novel You Bring the Distant Near (Farrar, 12–16 years) is a sprawling family epic that follows three generations of women in the Das family — matriarch Ranee; her daughters Tara and Sonia; and each of their daughters, Anna and Chantal. The story begins in 1965...

Review of Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfitsby S. K. AliMiddle School, High School    Salaam/Simon    328 pp.6/17    978-1-4814-9924-8    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9926-2    $10.99Sophomore Janna Yusuf, a hijab-wearing Flannery O’Connor devotee, knows that the world is full of “saints,” “monsters,” and “misfits.” She considers herself the last, not quite sure where she belongs within her post-divorce family...

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