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Review of Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier by Jim Ottaviani; illus. by Maris Wicks Middle School    First Second/Roaring Brook    168 pp. 2/20    978-1-62672-877-6    $19.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-76003-6    $12.99 At the attention-grabbing start of ­Ottaviani and Wicks’s second graphic ­collaboration (Primates, rev. 5/13), a series of panels shows a “famous astronaut” (gender...
      

Review of The Bear in My Family

The Bear in My Family by Maya Tatsukawa; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Dial    32 pp.    g 3/20    978-0-525-55582-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-55583-4    $10.99 A child asserts that there is a bear in his family, and indeed the illustrations show a little boy sharing space with a large gray creature. “Scary, right?” The...
      

Review of A Wish in the Dark

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    375 pp.    g 3/20    978-1-5362-0494-0    $17.99 Soontornvat balances inner change and political action with insight and stylistic flair in this fantastical Les Misérables retelling. In Chattana City, the Governor wields a power that is almost...
      

Review of Prairie Days

Prairie Days by Patricia MacLachlan; illus. by Micha Archer Primary    McElderry    40 pp. 5/20    978-1-4424-4191-0    $17.99 In this nostalgic idyll set on the American prairie (judging by clues in the illustrations, in the mid-twentieth-century), a young girl describes summertime farm life as she and the other children ride horses, take...
      

Review of Tigers, Not Daughters

Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry High School    Algonquin    280 pp.    g 3/20    978-1-61620-896-7    $17.95 The Torres family, always considered misfits in their San Antonio community, suffered tragedy a year ago when eldest sister Ana fell to her death from her bedroom window. That Ana was sneaking out to see...
      

Review of The Weather's Bet

The Weather’s Bet by Stephen Cowan; illus. by Ed Young Primary    Philomel    32 pp.    g 3/20    978-0-525-51382-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-51383-4    $10.99 “One day a shepherd was fast asleep / upon a hill with her flock of sheep.” The three powers who rule the Earth — Rain, Wind, and Sun...
      

Review of Dear Beast

Dear Beast by Dori Hillestad Butler; illus. by Kevan Atteberry Primary    Holiday    77 pp.    g 5/20    978-0-8234-4492-2    $15.99 Having two pets in two separate homes can spark a bit of territorialism, so when Andy announces he has a new dog at Dad’s house, Simon, the cat who lives at Andy’s...
      

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 Nana Akua Goes to School

Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker; illus. by April Harrison Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 6/20    978-0-525-58113-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-58114-7    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-58115-4    $10.99 Although her grandmother, Nana Akua, is her “favorite person in the whole universe,” young Zura is not excited about...
      

Review of Swing

Swing by Michael Hall; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g 5/20    978-0-06-286617-2    $17.99 The title spread introduces a school — a place of learning and growth — where outside the classroom window a swing set stands empty and waiting. A letter L sits alone on one of...

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