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Reviews of 2021 Mind the Gap Award winners

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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 2021 winners.   The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey; illus. by the authors Preschool, Primary    Norton    40 pp. 1/20   ...
      

Review of When I Draw a Panda

When I Draw a Panda  by Amy June Bates; illus. by the author  Primary    Wiseman/Simon    40 pp.    g  9/20    978-1-4814-5148-2    $17.99  e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5149-9    $10.99  In this celebration of imagination, creativity, and friendship, a girl’s chalk-drawn panda leaps off her wall, and together they doodle their way through various adventures. Before...
      

Review of Alice's Farm: A Rabbit's Tale

Alice’s Farm: A Rabbit’s Tale by Maryrose Wood; illus. by Christopher Denise  Intermediate    Feiwel    368 pp.    g  9/20    978-1-250-22455-2    $17.99  e-book ed.  978-1-250-22456-9    $9.99  A folksy omniscient narrator tells the tale of two families, rabbit and human, that share a territory. Young cottontail Alice and her brother Thistle are enjoying their...
      

Review of The Hungry Place

The Hungry Place by Jessie Haas  Intermediate, Middle School    Boyds Mills/Boyds Mills & Kane    190 pp.    g  10/20    978-1-68437-794-7    $17.99  Princess, born a champion Connemara pony at Highover Farm, has all the best care from her doting, elderly owner Roland. In a separate but linked narrative, Rae, a scrappy eight-year-old with the love...
      

Reviews of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Picture Book Winner I Talk like a River by Jordan Scott; illus. by Sydney Smith Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 9/20    978-0-8234-4559-2    $18.99 In this lyrical and empowering picture book, Canadian poet Scott tells a story based on his own experiences as a boy who stuttered. In simple, evocative language, he...
      

Review of Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luisana Duarte Armendáriz Intermediate    Tu/Lee and Low    225 pp.    g 6/20    978-1-64379-046-6    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-64379-047-3    $9.99 Narrator Julieta Leal — smart, curious, and prone to causing unintentional trouble — is thrilled to be accompanying her dad, an art handler at Boston’s Museum of...
      

Enriching the "image libraries"

In his 2013 Horn Book article "Young Dreamers," Christopher Myers wrote:  "Images matter. They linger in our hearts, vast 'image libraries' that color our actions and ideas, even if we don’t recognize them on a conscious level. The plethora of threatening images of young black people has real-life effects. But if...
      

Review of Thanks to Frances Perkins: Fighter for Workers' Rights

Thanks to Frances Perkins: Fighter for Workers’ Rights by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Kristy Caldwell Primary, Intermediate   Peachtree    40 pp.    g 8/20    978-1-68263-136-2    $18.99 Not only was workers’ rights advocate and public servant Frances Perkins (1880–1965) the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet, she also improved the welfare...
      

Review of Girl on a Motorcycle

Girl on a Motorcycle by Amy Novesky; illus. by Julie Morstad Primary, Intermediate    Viking    48 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-593-11629-6     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-11630-2    $10.99 This picture-book biography of the first woman to complete a solo motorcycle trip around the world begins in 1973 Paris. Wishing to see and write about...
      

Review of A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women

A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women by Deborah Noyes Middle School, High School    Schwartz & Wade/Random    304 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-525-64623-5    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-64624-2    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-64625-9    $11.99 Before he actually had children, Bronson Alcott wondered, “Can parents limit ­outside influences and raise a perfect...

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