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Review of A Line in the Dark

A Line in the Darkby Malinda LoHigh School    Dutton    282 pp.    g10/17    978-0-735-22742-2    $17.99Jess’s feelings for her best friend Angie are strong and complicated — a mix of longstanding affection, mutual dependence, protectiveness, and unrequited longing. Jess and Angie are both queer and out, but have never been together. When...

Review of Rapunzel

Rapunzelby Bethan Woollvin; illus. by the authorPrimary    Peachtree    32 pp.10/17    978-1-68263-003-7    $16.95Woollvin (Little Red, rev. 3/16) offers another wryly comic rewrite of a Grimms favorite, updating it with a can-do, self-rescuing heroine — there’s no prince in sight. Rapunzel resides in a tower, trapped by a witch who visits daily...

Review of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtueby Mackenzi LeeHigh School    Tegen/HarperCollins    512 pp.    g6/17    978-0-06-238280-1    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-238282-5    $9.99Eighteen-year-old Monty, spoiled heir to a wealthy estate in eighteenth-century Britain, embarks on a year-long “Tour” of Europe, after which he will settle unhappily into respectable...

Review of The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequitedby Becky AlbertalliHigh School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    340 pp.4/17    978-0-06-234870-8    $17.99    gSeventeen-year-old twins Molly and Cassie are inseparable despite being wildly different: Cassie’s breezy self-confidence and high energy seem to make dating easy, while quirky introvert Molly experiences intense crushes on boys...

Review of History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Meby Adam SilveraHigh School    Soho Teen    293 pp.1/17    978-1-61695-692-9    $18.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-61695-693-6    $10.99Seventeen-year-old Griffin loses Theo, his best friend and first love, twice: first when the young men break up, and again, as the book opens, when Theo drowns. Dual timelines carry readers simultaneously...

Review of Juana & Lucas

Juana & Lucasby Juana Medina; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    90 pp.9/16    978-0-7636-7208-9    $14.99This brisk, episodic (in the best way) chapter book introduces Juana, a young girl living in Bogotá, Colombia, who loves many things: her city, her family, reading, Brussels sprouts, and her dog, Lucas. She does not...

Review of Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of 
the Civil Rights Movement

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of 
the Civil Rights Movementby Carole Boston Weatherford; 
illus. by Ekua HolmesIntermediate   Candlewick   45 pp.8/15   978-0-7636-6531-9   $17.99Weatherford’s latest picture-book biography (Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, rev. 11/06; I, Matthew Henson, rev. 3/08; among many others) chronicles the life of...

Review of Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycleby Miranda Paul; illus. by Jason ChinPreschool, Primary   Porter/Roaring Brook   40 pp.5/15   978-1-59643-984-9   $17.99An evocative rhyming text and verdant watercolors introduce the water cycle to young readers by linking water’s forms — from water to steam to clouds to fog to rain...

Sara Pennypacker on Completely Clementine

In the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Claire Gross talked to author Sara Pennypacker about the end of her long-running Clementine series. Read the full review of Completely Clementine here.Claire E. Gross: What was the hardest part about saying goodbye to Clementine?Sara Pennypacker: Clementine was a...

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