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Review of Race Through the Skies: The Week the World Learned to Fly

Race Through the Skies: The Week the World Learned to Fly by Martin W. Sandler Middle School    Bloomsbury    185 pp.    g 7/20    978-1-5476-0344-2    $24.99 The rate of innovation during the first decade of flight is as astounding now as it must have been at the time. Sandler’s compelling look at...

Review of Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story

Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story by Maria Gianferrari; illus. by Jonathan Voss Primary    Putnam    32 pp.    g 3/20    978-0-399-54842-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-54843-7    $9.99 Readers follow a pair of great horned owls and their owlets from winter into the next autumn in this life-cycle narrative told in haiku....

Review of Dragon Hoops

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang; illus. by the author; color by Lark Pien High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    446 pp. 3/20    978-1-62672-079-4    $24.99 “I’m just not a sports kind of guy,” begins Yang in this comics-format offering that brilliantly combines journalism, memoir, and sports history. Yang, who taught math...

Review of Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai; illus. by the author Intermediate    Holt    380 pp. 5/19    978-1-250-31409-3    $21.99    Paper ed.  978-1-250-31410-9    $12.99 It’s been almost two years since Jingwen lost his father in a tragic accident; he now finds himself starting over in a new country. The novel begins with...

Review of Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Pay Attention, Carter Jonesby Gary D. SchmidtMiddle School    Clarion    216 pp.    g2/19    978-0-544-79085-8    $16.99    e-book ed.  978-1-328-52691-5    $9.99 Sixth grader Carter Jones misses his soldier father, currently deployed in Germany; he misses his dead brother; he misses any semblance of normalcy in his life. When Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick, a butler bequeathed to his...

Review of Rebound

Reboundby Kwame Alexander; illus. by Dawud AnyabwileIntermediate, Middle School    Houghton    414 pp.4/18    978-0-544-86813-7    $16.99In this prequel to Alexander’s Newbery Medal–winning The Crossover (rev. 5/14), it’s the summer of 1988, and twelve-year-old Charlie Bell would rather roller-skate with his two best friends or escape into the pages of his beloved Fantastic...

Review of Pass the Ball, Mo!

Pass the Ball, Mo!by David A. Adler; illus. by Sam RicksPrimary    Penguin    32 pp.    g1/18    978-0-425-28978-5    $14.99In this third Mo Jackson easy reader (Geisel Award–winner Don’t Throw It to Mo!; Get a Hit, Mo!), Mo has found a new sports obsession. The ever-enthusiastic boy has basketball on the brain both...

Dazzle Ships

A nonfiction picture book from a small publisher does not necessarily scream CALDECOTT, but even from across the room, one look at the cover of Chris Barton and Victo Ngai’s Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion would likely make you reconsider.The story of these wildly patterned WWI...

After the Fall

At the start of each school year, I choose one picture book to read to every class when the students come for library orientation. I like the idea of building a community around a shared understanding, as well as sharing a great new book with all of our students. Last...

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