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Review of Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    367 pp. 10/19    978-0-06-231764-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-231766-7    $10.99 At first, this seems to be the story of Frankie, a girl in a Catholic orphanage in Chicago in the 1940s. She and her sister and brother...

Review of A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein Middle School, High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    388 pp. 1/19    978-0-06-245301-3    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-245304-4    $8.99 Wein has established herself as a consummate writer of historical fiction (Code Name Verity, rev. 5/12; Rose...

Review of Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arcby David ElliottHigh School    Houghton    191 pp.    g3/19    978-1-328-98759-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-04915-9    $9.99In this verse novel, “voices” refers to Joan of Arc’s messages from the saints; to the various people who testified for and against her; to Joan herself; and to the objects...

Review of Love to Everyone

Love to Everyoneby Hilary McKayIntermediate, Middle School    McElderry    330 pp.9/18    978-1-5344-2710-5    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2712-9    $10.99In Binny in Secret (rev. 7/15), McKay introduced us to Clarry, her brother Peter, and their beloved cousin Rupert in a subplot set during World War I in London. Here, McKay gives us the full story...

Review of The Secret of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Woodby Lucy StrangeIntermediate, Middle School    Chicken House/Scholastic    288 pp.10/17    978-1-338-15747-5    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-15749-9    $10.99It’s 1919; the Great War is over; and twelve-year-old Hen and her family — Mama, Father, baby “Piglet,” and Nanny Jane — have just moved to an English country house where they hope...

Review of Jane, Unlimited

Jane, Unlimitedby Kristin CashoreMiddle School, High School    Dawson/Penguin    451 pp.    g9/17    978-0-8037-4149-2    $17.99When her guardian, Aunt Magnolia, dies, Jane is left untethered and financially insecure. Then Kiran, an old acquaintance, invites Jane to Tu Reviens (“you return”), Kiran’s family’s island mansion. Aunt Magnolia had told Jane unequivocally that “if you’re...

Review of Landscape with Invisible Hand

Landscape with Invisible Handby M. T. AndersonMiddle School, High School    Candlewick    149 pp.    g9/17    978-0-7636-8789-2    $16.99Parable, satire, dystopic sci-fi — Anderson’s take on a near future in which alien “vuvv” have colonized America’s economy, land, and airspace has so many shiveringly close resemblances to the contemporary world that it might...

Review of Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddessby Shari GreenIntermediate    Pajama    239 pp.5/17    978-1-77278-033-8    $15.95Paper ed.  978-1-77278-017-8    $9.95Macy is fed up with all the changes impinging upon her: she’s finishing sixth grade and will have to move on to a new school and a new sign language interpreter; her mother is getting...

Review of The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banksby Emily BarrHigh School    Philomel    296 pp.5/17    978-0-399-54701-0    $17.99Ever since, as she’s been told, Flora had a brain tumor removed when she was eleven, she’s been unable to make new memories. She can remember things for only a few hours and must negotiate her life...

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