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Review of Octopus Stew

Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez; illus. by the author Primary    Holiday    40 pp. 9/19    978-0-8234-3754-2    $17.99 With love and humanity — and humor — Velasquez (Looking for Bongo, Grandma’s Gift) once again affirms young Black Latinx boys’ identities and family experiences. Inspired by her cape-wearing grandson’s painting of an octopus...

Review of Across the Bay

Across the Bay by Carlos Aponte; illus. by the author Primary    Penguin Workshop    32 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-5247-8662-5    $17.99  Aponte explores a young child’s physical and emotional journey coping with his father’s absence from his life and learning to love all that is around him. Carlitos lives with his mother,...

Review of Birdsong

Birdsong by Julie Flett; illus. by the author Primary    Greystone Kids    56 pp. 9/19    978-1-77164-473-0    $17.95 e-book ed.  978-1-77164-474-7    $17.95 In spring Katherena, her mother, and their dog Ôhô pack up their “little home in the city by the sea” and move to their “new home [that] sits on a...

Review of Becoming Beatriz

Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles High School    Charlesbridge Teen    262 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-58089-778-5    $17.99 Charles (Like Vanessa, rev. 3/18) presents the story of an Afro–Puerto Rican teen, Beatriz Mendez, who is torn between her own desire to be a dancer and the expectations of her blood and chosen families...

Review of Dealing in Dreams

Dealing in Dreamsby Lilliam RiveraHigh School    Simon    328 pp.    g3/19    978-1-4814-7214-2    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7216-6    $10.99Rivera (The Education of Margot Sanchez) presents an action-filled dystopian novel about loyalty, power, and losing and finding oneself. Nalah, a.k.a. Chief Rocka, is the leader of the all-girl gang Las Mal Criadas, which owns the...

Review of Soaring Earth

Soaring Earthby Margarita EngleMiddle School, High School    Atheneum    160 pp.    g2/19    978-1-5344-2953-6    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2955-0    $10.99In this companion verse memoir to Enchanted Air (rev. 7/15), Engle provides a glimpse into her high school years in Los Angeles and early adulthood as a Cuban American person coming to an understanding of...

Five questions for Newbery Medalist Meg Medina

Photo: Petite Shards Productions.Meg Medina is the winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal for Merci Suárez Changes Gears (read The Horn Book Magazine's starred review here). For our February issue of The Horn Book Herald: ALA Youth Media Awards Edition e-newsletter, Medina answered Five Questions posed by Horn Book reviewer,...

Review of Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci Suárez Changes Gearsby Meg MedinaIntermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    361 pp.    g9/18    978-0-7636-9049-6    $16.99Working-class Cuban American girl Mercedes “Merci” Suárez’s life in South Florida consists of spending time with her extended family and attending elite Seaward Pines Academy, where the sixth grader does community service to pay for her tuition....

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