Julie Hakim Azzam

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Review of Bo the Brave

Bo the Brave by Bethan Woollvin; illus. by the author Primary    Peachtree    32 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-68263-182-9    $17.99 When Bo’s two older brothers, Erik and Ivan, set off from the castle on a quest to hunt a monster, they refuse to allow her to join, sneering that she’s too little....

Review of With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero

With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero by Margarita Engle Middle School, High School    Atheneum    150 pp.    g 2/20    978-1-5344-2493-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2495-1    $10.99 Written in first person, this heartfelt verse novel tells the fictionalized story of Rubén Darío (based on his autobiography), who was born...

Review of In My Anaana's Amautik

In My Anaana’s Amautik by Nadia Sammurtok; illus. by Lenny Lishchenko Preschool    Inhabit Media    24 pp. 4/20    978-1-77227-252-9    $16.95 A baby’s perspective of being held in its anaana’s (mother’s) amautik (“the pouch in the back of a woman’s parka where a baby can be carried”) is explored in lulling, sensory-rich...

Review of Leaving Lymon

Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome Intermediate, Middle School    Holiday    199 pp. 1/20    978-0-8234-4442-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4633-9    $10.99 Lymon Caldwell, a secondary character in Finding Langston (rev. 9/18), tells his story in this companion novel that explores the question, “Are bullies born or are they made?” Lymon lives with his...

Review of Just like Me

Just like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 1/20    978-0-525-58209-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-58210-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-58211-3    $10.99 Each poem in this collection is narrated by a different young girl about some aspect of her identity that she celebrates (“I am...

Review of I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage

I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins; illus. by various artists Intermediate    Lee & Low    60 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-62014-311-7    $19.95 Fourteen writers contribute poems that speak to their ethnic heritage. A full-page illustration by a different artist accompanies each piece, with much varie­ty to...

Review of The Things She's Seen audiobook

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina; read by Miranda Tapsell High School    Listening Library    Rev. 9/19 4 CDs    4.48 hrs.    978-1-9848-8440-4    $38.00 Tapsell provides a gripping performance of the Kwaymullinas’ Australia-set crime story about a mysterious fire at a children’s home, which is being investigated by...

Review of Grenade audiobook

Grenade by Alan Gratz; read by Todd Haberkorn and Andrew Eiden Middle School, High School    Scholastic Audio    Rev. 11/18 5 CDs    5.42 hrs.    978-1-338-31100-6    $29.99 Set on the island of Okinawa during the American invasion, this WWII story begins by alternating viewpoints (voiced by two different actors) between Hideki, an...

Review of Riding a Donkey Backwards: Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin

Riding a Donkey Backwards: Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin retold by Sean Taylor and the Khayaal Theatre; illus. by Shirin Adl Primary    Candlewick    48 pp. 8/19    978-1-5362-0507-7    $18.99 Mulla Nasruddin, as the preface explains, is a pan-Muslim trickster figure who has captivated storytellers for generations and whose actions...

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