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Review of They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott; illus. by Harmony Becker Middle School, High School    Top Shelf    208 pp. 9/19    Paper ed. 978-1-60309-450-4    $19.99   From the publisher of the March trilogy (March, rev. 1/14, and sequels), co-written by civil rights leader and U.S....

Review of Viral: The Fight Against AIDS in America

Viral: The Fight Against AIDS in Americaby Ann BausumMiddle School, High School    Viking    166 pp.    g6/19    978-0-425-28720-0    $17.99“The first to die left behind little more than their names and brief stories of chaotic, terrifying deaths. Individual by individual, they went from being seemingly well to perplexingly ill in a matter...

Review of D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History

D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed Historyby Deborah HopkinsonIntermediate, Middle SchoolScholastic Focus/Scholastic    376 pp.    g8/18    978-0-545-68248-0 $16.99e-book ed.    978-0-545-68249-7 $16.99D-Day marked the beginning of the end for Hitler’s stranglehold on Europe. A massive, coordinated attack that was months in the planning, Operation Overlord saw Allied forces land on...

Review of The Music of What Happens

The Music of What Happensby Bill KonigsbergHigh School    Levine/Scholastic    346 pp.1/19    978-1-338-21550-2    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-21552-6    $10.99In order to help his unstable mother make delinquent mortgage payments, Jordan tries his hand at the food truck business, using his late father’s old truck, Coq Au Vinny. Things don’t go too well until...

Review of Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump

Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trumpby Martha BrockenbroughMiddle School, High School    Feiwel    416 pp.11/18    978-1-250-30803-0    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-30804-7    $9.99Brockenbrough opens her critical biography of Donald Trump with a sampling of events leading up to the surprising (to most) results of the 2016 presidential election. She then takes readers back to...

Review of The Wicked King

The Wicked King [Folk of the Air]by Holly BlackHigh School     Little, Brown     325 pp.     g1/19     978-0-316-31035-2     $18.99e-book ed. 978-0-316-31033-8     $9.99A mortal raised in the realms of Faerie by the devious General Madoc, Jude Duarte has learned to play games of politics and intrigue quite well. By manipulating her...

Review of Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of Americaby Gail JarrowIntermediate, Middle School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills    142 pp.8/18    978-1-62979-776-2    $18.95e-book ed.  978-1-68437-143-3    $9.99In 1938, on the night before Halloween, an American radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells’s...

All A-Board: Why the Hell Hasn't a Board Book Won the Caldecott!?

Today on Calling Caldecott, a conversation between Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt about board books and the Caldecott Award. (If you missed it, last year they asked a similar question: Why the hell hasn't photography won the Caldecott?!?) —J.D.ELISA GALL: Thanks to Allison Kaplan's 2012 Children and Libraries article "From Board to...

Review of The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurgeby M. T. Anderson; illus. by Eugene YelchinMiddle School     Candlewick     530 pp.     g9/18     978-0-7636-9822-5     $24.99Historian and diplomat Brangwain Spurge has been sent from Elfland to the neighboring goblin kingdom to return a precious artifact. On the surface, it’s a gesture of goodwill to a...

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