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Review of Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen

Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queenby Debbi Michiko Florence; illus. by Elizabet VukovićPrimary    Farrar    115 pp.7/17    978-0-374-30410-2    $15.99Paper ed.  978-0-374-30834-6    $5.99e-book ed.  978-0-374-30412-6    $4.25Jasmine’s favorite holiday is New Year’s. Relatives gather at her home in Los Angeles to celebrate, and her beloved Obaachan comes all the way from Japan to visit. For...

Review of Real Friends

Real Friends by Shannon Hale; illus. by LeUyen Pham; color by Jane Poole Intermediate    First Second/Roaring Brook    220 pp. 5/17    978-1-62672-416-7    $21.99 Paper ed. 978-1-62672-785-4    $12.99 Author Hale recounts her elementary-school years in this graphic memoir that focuses on childhood friendship. Young Shannon feels a bit lost within her family,...

Review of The Fox Wish

The Fox Wishby Kimiko Aman; illus. by Komako SakaiPreschool    Chronicle    32 pp.3/17    978-1-4521-5188-5    $16.99A young girl and her little brother return to a park to retrieve her forgotten jump rope. When they discover a cheerful group of foxes trying to use the jump rope but failing (their tails keep tripping...

Review of Moo

Mooby Sharon CreechIntermediate, Middle School    Cotler/HarperCollins    278 pp.8/16    978-0-06-241524-0    $16.99Library ed.  978-0-06-241525-7    $17.89    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-241527-1    $6.99Sick of city life and having recently lost their jobs, Reena’s parents decide to move to Maine, to a small coastal town. It’s summer, and twelve-year-old Reena and younger brother Luke are free to...

Review of Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kanekopoems by Misuzu Kaneko; narrative by David Jacobson; illus. by Toshikado Hajiri; trans. from the Japanese by Sally Ito and Michiko TsuboiPrimary, Intermediate, Middle School    Chin Music Press    64 pp.9/16    978-1-634905-962-6    $19.50Part biography, part poetry collection, this book introduces Japanese children’s...

Review of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Storyby Caren StelsonMiddle School, High School    Carolrhoda    144 pp.10/16    978-1-4677-8903-5    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5124-1884-2    $9.99The result of extensive interviews with Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor Sachiko Yasui, Stelson’s sensitively crafted account spans fifty years of Yasui’s life, starting in August 1945 when the bomb was dropped (she...

Review of Cloudwish

Cloudwishby Fiona WoodHigh School    Poppy/Little, Brown    309 pp.10/16    978-0-316-24212-7    $18.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-316-24211-0    $9.99The Australian author’s third novel focuses on two minor characters from Wildlife (rev. 11/14). Vân U’ó’c Phan is a hardworking scholarship student, an artist, and the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants who expect her to become a doctor....

Review of When the Sea Turned to Silver

When the Sea Turned to Silverby Grace Lin; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    373 pp.10/16    978-0-316-12592-5    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-31769-6    $9.99In this companion to Lin’s Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (rev. 9/09) and Starry River of the Sky (rev. 11/12), young Pinmei goes in...

Review of Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Goodbye Summer, 
Hello Autumnby Kenard Pak; illus. by the authorPreschool    Holt    32 pp.8/16    978-1-62779-415-2    $17.99    g“Hello, late summer morning,” says a young girl in a red scarf as she leaves her house on a double-page spread suffused in soft greens. She greets the trees, a variety of animals, flowers, thunder,...

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