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Reviews of the 2019 CSK Author Award winners

WinnerA Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919by Claire HartfieldMiddle School, High School    Clarion    196 pp.    g1/18    978-0-544-78513-7    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-328-69904-6    $9.99This readable, compelling history explores the longstanding and deeply rooted causes of the 1919 Chicago Race Riot, which left thirty-eight people dead and 537 wounded (two-thirds of...
      

Reviews of the 2019 Sibert Award winners

WinnerThe Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Scienceby Joyce Sidman; 
photos by the authorIntermediate    Houghton    140 pp.    g2/18    978-0-544-71713-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-328-83028-9    $9.99Sidman introduces readers to Maria Merian, a seventeenth-century German naturalist whose illustrations of the life cycles of butterflies and moths included groundbreaking scientific details, such...
      

Reviews of 2018 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2018 winners. Windowsby Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. GoodalePreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99“At the end of the day,...
      

Reviews of the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbideby Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke PeñaMiddle School, High School    Getty    96 pp.3/18    978-1-947440-00-5    $19.95This 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning biography introduces readers to “an icon. Orgullo mexicano. Maestra.” Photographer Graciela Iturbide’s (b. 1942) story is told in comic-panel format, with striking...
      

Review of Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen and Brave Jane Austen

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girlby Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Qin LengPrimary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g1/18    978-0-06-237330-4    $17.99Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebelby Lisa Pliscou; illus. by Jen CoracePrimary    Ottaviano/Holt    48 pp.    g1/18    978-1-62779-643-9    $17.992017...
      

Review of The Secret of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Woodby Lucy StrangeIntermediate, Middle School    Chicken House/Scholastic    288 pp.10/17    978-1-338-15747-5    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-15749-9    $10.99It’s 1919; the Great War is over; and twelve-year-old Hen and her family — Mama, Father, baby “Piglet,” and Nanny Jane — have just moved to an English country house where they hope...
      

Review of Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!

Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!by Marikka Tamura; illus. by Daniel RieleyPreschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g1/18    978-1-101-99696-6    $16.99The book begins with a snapshot of penguin paradise: “Penguins on ice. / Penguins in the sea. Penguins love the sea!” But wait: “WHAT is this?” A ship has spilled its oil in the ocean. The...
      

Review of Bird Builds a Nest

Bird Builds a Nest [A First Science Storybook]by Martin Jenkins; illus. by Richard JonesPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g2/18    978-0-7636-9346-6    $16.99Striking mixed-media illustrations, collage-like and muted with earth tones, depict a burnt-orange sun rising in the east and a bird perched on a tree branch, perfectly representing the opening sentence...
      

Review of Truly Devious

Truly Deviousby Maureen JohnsonHigh School    Tegen/HarperCollins    418 pp.    g1/18    978-0-06-233805-1    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-233807-5    $9.99Aspiring sleuth Stevie Bell has just started her junior year at Ellingham Academy — an artsy Vermont enclave for offbeat students founded in the 1930s by eccentric philanthropist Albert Ellingham — when disaster strikes. One of her...
      

Review of Buster and the Baby

Buster and the Babyby Amy Hest; illus. by Polly DunbarPreschool    Candlewick    32 pp.    g12/17    978-0-7636-8787-8    $15.99In a rhythmic text and lively art, a classic friendship story plays out through an extended game of hide-and-seek between a baby and a small white dog named Buster. Buster carefully determines the best hiding...

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