Tanya D. Auger

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Review of Skulls!

Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh; illus. by Scott Campbell Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 7/19    978-1-5344-1400-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1401-3    $10.99 “You probably don’t think much about skulls,” the book begins, as readers meet a round-faced girl with puffball pigtails. A page-turn places the girl, who’s contentedly chomping on an apple, amid...

Review of A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade; illus. by Veronica Miller Jamison Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 3/19    978-0-316-43517-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-51131-5    $9.99 Math genius Katherine Johnson (née Coleman) was a star student, twice skipping a grade before her family...

Review of Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born

Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Bornby Miranda Paul; illus. by Jason ChinPrimary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.4/19    978-0-8234-4161-7    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4213-3    $18.99A pithy quintain describes the moment a fertilized human egg becomes a two-celled zygote: “Small. / Ball. / The point of a pin. / Then it divides… / Our story begins.” It’s the first...

Review of Snowman − Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations

Snowman − Cold = Puddle: Spring Equationsby Laura Purdie Salas; illus. by Micha ArcherPrimary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.2/19    978-1-58089-798-3    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-63289-643-8    $9.99This whimsical celebration of spring-time features a playful equation poem on every page. Take the titular “snowman – cold = puddle.” It’s a subtraction sentence — minus the usual...

Review of Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer

Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmerby Fiona Robinson; 
illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams    40 pp.8/16    978-1-4197-1872-4    $17.95e-book ed.  978-1-61312-913-5    $15.54Whisked away as a newborn by Anne Milbanke, her strait-laced mathematician mother, Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) never knew her father, the impetuous Romantic poet Lord Byron....

Review of The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lilyby Rachel Cohn and David LevithanHigh School    Knopf    217 pp.10/16    978-0-399-55380-6    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-399-55381-3    $20.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-399-55382-0    $10.99It’s been a year since the two teens met and fell in love in New York City (Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, rev. 1/11), thanks...

Review of Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide 
Herrmann, Queen of Magic

Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide 
Herrmann, Queen of Magicby Mara Rockliff; 
illus. by Iacopo BrunoPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.4/16    978-0-7636-6841-9    $17.99Rockliff and Bruno (Mesmerized, rev. 1/15) bring the now-all-but-forgotten female magician Adelaide Herrmann back to center stage. Bold and spunky, Addie, in Rockliff’s strikingly vivid depiction,...

Review of Fuzzy

Fuzzyby Tom Angleberger and Paul DellingerIntermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    256 pp.8/16    978-1-4197-2122-9    $14.95Life quickly gets complicated for seventh-grader Max Zelaster the day she meets Fuzzy, the first robot student at Vanguard Middle School. Designed to use fuzzy logic (hence his name), Fuzzy can think for himself and update his own...

Review of The Snurtch

The Snurtchby Sean Ferrell; 
illus. by Charles SantosoPreschool, Primary    Atheneum    40 pp.8/16    978-1-4814-5656-2    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-4814-5657-9    $10.99In this author-illustrator team’s (I Don’t Like Koala, rev. 3/15) second book, Ruthie, a wide-eyed, snub-nosed child with pigtail tufts that stick straight up, “has a problem at school.” And it’s a big...

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