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Review of The Third Mushroom

The Third Mushroomby Jennifer L. Holm; illus. by Tad CarpenterIntermediate    Random    230 pp.    g9/18    978-1-5247-1980-7    $16.99Library ed.  978-1-5247-1981-4    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1982-1    $10.99Grandpa Melvin returns in this sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, still stuck in the body of a teenager (thanks to his earlier anti-aging experiment) and ready to help granddaughter...

Review of The House That Lou Built

The House That Lou Builtby Mae RespicioIntermediate, Middle School    Lamb/Random    233 pp.6/18    978-1-5247-1794-0    $16.99Library ed.  978-1-5247-1795-7    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1796-4    $10.99Lou Bulosan-Nelson dreams of building houses, and when her mother announces plans to leave San Francisco for a better-paying job in Washington State, Lou decides it’s time to build a tiny...

Review of You Go First

You Go Firstby Erin Entrada KellyIntermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    292 pp.    g4/18    978-0-06-241418-2    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-241420-5    $8.99Two brainy middle-school outcasts — one in Pennsylvania, one in Louisiana — find companionship through online Scrabble as they both deal with upheaval in their lives. Twelve-year-old Charlotte’s father is in the hospital following...

Review of Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine

Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestineby Ibtisam BarakatMiddle School, High School    Ferguson/Farrar    223 pp.10/16    978-0-374-30251-1    $17.99    gIn this follow-up to her first memoir (Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood), and beginning where that book left off, Barakat leads readers through her adolescent years in the West Bank...

Review of Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Scienceby Jeannine AtkinsIntermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    198 pp.9/16    978-1-4814-6565-6    $16.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-4814-6567-0    $10.99Atkins (Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters, rev. 5/10) here tells the stories, again in poetry, of three real-life self-taught female...

Jacqueline Woodson on Another Brooklyn, diversity, and more

Photo: Marty UmansJacqueline Woodson's new book Another Brooklyn is a novel for adults, her first in more than two decades, but fans of her children's books found plenty to enjoy when she discussed her work at Porter Square Books on Wednesday, August 17th.Woodson talked to WGBH's Callie Crossley, who also...

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