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Review of Wishes

Wishes by Mượn Thị Văn; illus. by Victo Ngai Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-338-30589-0    $18.99 A little girl living in an unsafe place watches her grandfather out the window. “The night wished it was quieter,” reads the text. With a page-turn: “The bag wished it was deeper,” as...

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

Review of The Elephants Come Home: A True Story of Seven Elephants, Two People, and One Extraordinary Friendship

The Elephants Come Home: A True Story of Seven Elephants, Two People, and One Extraordinary Friendship by Kim Tomsic; illus. by Hadley Hooper Primary    Chronicle    68 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-4521-2783-5    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7972-0108-5    $11.99 On the first page of this moving true story, readers meet tenderhearted couple Lawrence and...

Review of The Legend of Auntie Po

The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor; illus. by the author Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    304 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-525-55488-2    $22.99 Paper ed.  978-0-525-55489-9    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-55490-5    $8.99 In this graphic novel, thirteen-year-old Mei Hao shares her homemade pies and homespun tales about the eponymous Auntie Po (a...

Review of On the Trapline

On the Trapline by David A. Robertson; illus. by Julie Flett Primary    Tundra    48 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-7352-6668-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7352-6669-8    $10.99 From the creators of When We Were Alone (rev. 3/17) comes another powerful and affecting picture book, this one about a boy who accompanies his grandfather Moshom...

Review of A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day

A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day by Leah Henderson; illus. by Floyd Cooper Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-4197-3630-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68335-560-1    $15.54 Through the eyes of a formerly enslaved ten-year-old boy, Henderson recounts the story of what some...

Review of Violet and Daisy: The Story of Vaudeville's Famous Conjoined Twins

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Violet and Daisy: The Story of Vaudeville’s Famous Conjoined Twins by Sarah Miller Middle School, High School    Schwartz & Wade/Random    320 pp.    g 4/21    978-0-593-11972-3    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-11973-0    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-11974-7    $10.99 On February 5, 1908, conjoined twins were born to Kate Skinner, an unwed mother, in Brighton,...

Review of Pawcasso

Pawcasso by Remy Lai; illus. by the author Intermediate    Holt    240 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-250-77448-4    $21.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-77449-1    $14.99 Lai’s finger is always precisely on the pulse of kid humor (see Pie in the Sky, rev. 7/19; Fly on the Wall, rev. 9/20), and she provides laughs galore in...

Review of The Museum of Everything

The Museum of Everything by Lynne Rae Perkins; illus. by the author Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-298630-6    $17.99 In this big, noisy world, a museum, even if it’s only in one’s imagination, is a place of quiet contemplation. With this absorbing and original picture book, Perkins offers a...
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