Jennifer Hubert Swan

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Review of The Fountains of Silence

 The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys High School    Philomel    498 pp.    g 10/19    978-0-399-16031-8    $18.99 Sepetys’s riveting historical epic examines the enduring effects of the Spanish Civil War through the perspectives of four young people living under the shadow of Franco’s fascist dictatorship in 1957 Madrid. Ana and Rafael...

Review of The Vanishing Stair

The Vanishing Stair [Truly Devious]by Maureen JohnsonHigh School    Tegen/HarperCollins    373 pp.1/19    978-0-06-233808-2    $17.99In this absorbing continuation of Truly Devious (rev. 1/18), amateur gumshoe and anxiety sufferer Stevie Bell is still trying — from afar, her parents having removed her from Ellingham Academy at the end of the first book —...

Review of Dig.

Dig.by A.S. KingHigh School    Dutton    394 pp.    g3/19    978-1-101-99491-7    $17.99David has never met his father and is tired of constantly moving around with his mom. Malcolm has already lost his mother and is about to lose his beloved father to cancer. Katie deals drugs out of a fast-food drive-thru window...

Review of SHOUT: A Poetry Memoir

SHOUT: A Poetry Memoirby Laurie Halse AndersonHigh School    Viking    290 pp.    g3/19    978-0-670-01210-7    $17.99“This is the story of a girl who lost her voice and wrote herself a new one.” So opens Anderson’s three-part autobiographical collection of dynamic, mostly free-verse poems that serves as a potent poetic endnote for her...

Review of A Heart in a Body in the World

A Heart in a Body in the Worldby Deb CalettiHigh School    Simon Pulse    358 pp.9/18    978-1-4814-1520-0    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-1523-1    $10.99Nine months ago, the boy whom eighteen-year-old long-distance runner Annabelle calls “The Taker” irrevocably changed her life for the worse. Now she has embarked on a run from Seattle to Washington,...

Review of The Night Diary

The Night Diaryby Veera HiranandaniIntermediate, Middle School     Dial     267 pp.     g3/18     978-0-7352-2851-1     $16.99In 1947 India, the only place half-Hindu, half-Muslim twelve-year-old Nisha feels that she has a voice is her diary. She addresses every entry to Mama, who died when Nisha and...

Review of The Poet X

The Poet Xby Elizabeth AcevedoHigh School    HarperTeen    361 pp.    g3/18    978-0-06-266280-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-266282-8    $9.99Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, whose name means “one who is ready for war,” has been fighting her whole life. The self-described “brown and big and angry” Dominican girl from Harlem furiously confronts catcalling boys, chafes under her Catholic...

Review of Truly Devious

Truly Deviousby Maureen JohnsonHigh School    Tegen/HarperCollins    418 pp.    g1/18    978-0-06-233805-1    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-233807-5    $9.99Aspiring sleuth Stevie Bell has just started her junior year at Ellingham Academy — an artsy Vermont enclave for offbeat students founded in the 1930s by eccentric philanthropist Albert Ellingham — when disaster strikes. One of her...

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