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Review of Hummingbird

Hummingbird by Nicola Davies; illus. by Jane Ray Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 5/19    978-1-5362-0538-1    $16.99 Weighing less than three-quarters of an ounce (or, in Davies’s spot-on comparison for young readers, “less than a nickel”), the ruby-throated hummingbird migrates annually between Central and North America, approximately two thousand miles each...

Review of Love Sugar Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits

Love Sugar Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano Intermediate    Walden Pond/HarperCollins    320 pp. 2/19    978-0-06-249849-6    $16.99   Following her discovery in Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble (rev. 3/18) that she (like all the females in her family) is a bruja, Leonora Logroño is busy learning about...

Review of Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II

Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War IIby Andrea WarrenIntermediate, Middle School    Ferguson/Holiday    214 pp.3/19    978-0-8234-4151-8    $22.99Continuing her theme of children in peril because of governmental policies outside of their control, Warren (Surviving Hitler, rev. 3/01; Escape from...

Review of Beware of the Crocodile

Beware of the Crocodileby Martin Jenkins; illus. by Satoshi KitamuraPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g3/19    978-0-7636-7538-7    $16.99Heeding the old adage “when introducing a topic to children, start with what they know,” Jenkins initiates his discussion of crocodiles with their most prominent feature: those fascinating and intimidating teeth, which Kitamura depicts in...

Review of The Elephant

The Elephantby Jenni Desmond; illus. by the authorPrimary    Enchanted Lion    48 pp.10/18    978-1-59270-264-0    $18.95In this companion to the author-
illustrator’s The Blue Whale and The Polar Bear (rev. 3/17), a brown-skinned boy wearing a red crown introduces readers to one of nature’s endangered wild things: the elephant. In a setup similar...

Review of What Do You Do with a Voice like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

What Do You Do with a Voice like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordanby Chris Barton; illus. by Ekua HolmesPrimary, Intermediate    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.9/18    978-1-4814-6561-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-6562-5    $10.99This large book, with its lush, vivid, mixed-media illustrations, makes an artistic statement as bold as groundbreaking African American...

Review of Louisiana's Way Home

Louisiana’s Way Homeby Kate DiCamilloIntermediate    Candlewick    230 pp.    g10/18    978-0-7636-9463-0    $16.99Readers first met Louisiana Elefante in Raymie Nightingale (rev. 3/16) as the orphaned daughter of famous trapeze artists and as one of the Three Rancheros, a steadfast trio of young friends who vowed to always have one another’s backs. In...

Review of Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word

Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Wordby Sarah Jane Marsh; illus. by Edwin FotheringhamPrimary, Intermediate    Disney-Hyperion    80 pp.    g5/18    978-1-4847-8144-9    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-368-02251-4    $10.99Corset maker. Sailor. Tax collector. Husband. Thomas Paine fails at all these pursuits. But what he can do is write and persuade, and when in 1774 he immigrates...

Review of All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage 

Barge and Our Problem with Stuff

All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage 

Barge and Our Problem with Stuffby Meghan McCarthy; 

illus. by the authorPrimary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp.2/18    978-1-4814-7752-9    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7753-6    $10.99McCarthy sets her historical scene 
with three iconic 1980s images: a “speedy white car,” “boxy-looking computers,” and “big hair,” all depicted in...

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