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Review of The Lion of Mars

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm Intermediate, Middle School    Random    272 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-593-12181-8    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-12182-5    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-12183-2    $9.99 Eleven-year-old Bell is the youngest resident of the American settlement on Mars. Along with the older kids — like Bell, all orphans transported from...

Review of A Field Guide to Getting Lost

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough Intermediate    Atheneum    210 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-5344-3849-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3851-4    $10.99 Sutton prefers programming robots to being with people, but she’s still disappointed when she learns that her mother, off researching penguins in Antarctica, won’t return in time for her...

Review of Things Seen from Above

Things Seen from Above by Shelley Pearsall; illus. by Xingye Jin Intermediate    Knopf    262 pp. 2/20    978-1-5247-1739-1    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1740-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1741-4    $9.99 April, beginning sixth grade and dealing with her own friendship issues, takes an interest in a younger student with puzzling behaviors and a surprising...

Review of The Water Bears

The Water Bears by Kim Baker Intermediate    Lamb/Random    264 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-9848-5220-5    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-9848-5221-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-5222-9    $9.99 Newt Gomez dreams of leaving Murphy Island, his isolated home in the Pacific Northwest — especially after he was attacked by a bear a year ago, which left...

Review of Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Body Under the Piano

Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Body Under the Piano by Marthe Jocelyn; illus. by Isabelle Follath Intermediate    Tundra    325 pp.    g 2/20    978-0-7352-6546-2    $15.99 e-book ed.  978-0-77352-6547-9    $9.99 In 1902 Torquay, England, twelve-year-old Aggie befriends a Belgian refugee, Hector Perot, and investigates a murder roiling the town. When Mrs. Eversham,...

Review of Lalani of the Distant Sea

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly; illus. by Lian Cho Intermediate    Greenwillow    388 pp. 9/19    978-0-06-274727-3    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-274729-7    $9.99 Kelly turns from the contemporary realistic settings of the Newbery-winning Hello, Universe (rev. 3/17) and of You Go First (rev. 3/18) to a tropical island–set fantasy...

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...

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