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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 Little Bird

Little Bird by Cynthia Voigt; illus. by Lynne Rae Perkins  Intermediate    Greenwillow    336 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-06-299689-3    $16.99  e-book ed.  978-0-06-299691-6    $8.99  In her latest animal fantasy, Voigt returns to the Old Davis Farm, a territory she has explored in three previous books (most recently Toaff’s Way, rev. 9/18). Little Bird is a curious...

Review of The Last Rabbit

The Last Rabbit  by Shelley Moore Thomas; illus. by Julie Mellan  Intermediate    Lamb/Random    288 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-593-17353-4    $16.99  Library ed.  978-0-593-17354-1    $19.99  e-book ed.  978-0-593-17355-8    $9.99  An introductory poem explains that Hybrasil, the mythical island west of Ireland once charted on actual nautical maps, was said to be occupied, during its...

Review of A Whale of the Wild

A Whale of the Wild  by Rosanne Parry; illus. by Lindsay Moore  Intermediate    Greenwillow    336 pp.    g  9/20    978-0-06-299592-6    $17.99  The whale of the title could apply to either of two narrators. Vega, a late-adolescent orca whale, is just coming into her own as a wayfinder. The alternating voice is that of her...

Review of A Cat Story

A Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted; illus. by the author  Primary, Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    192 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-06-293205-1    $22.99  Paper ed.  978-0-06-293204-4    $12.99  e-book ed.  978-0-06-293206-8    $10.99  This graphic novel, set on the island of Malta, is the story of stray cats who spend their days wandering the wet...

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...

Review of Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good

Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good  by Nancy Werlin High School    Candlewick    352 pp.    g  4/21    978-1-5362-1473-4    $17.99  Zoe Rosenthal is a rule follower and a planner, attached to her bullet journal (whose pages are interspersed). She’s a devoted girlfriend, hoping to attend the same college as her boyfriend. And she’s a fan...

Review of Between Perfect and Real

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve  High School    Amulet/Abrams    304 pp.    g  4/21    978-1-4197-4601-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68335-951-7    $15.54  Until senior year, seventeen-year-old Dean had identified as a “tomboy lesbian” but now increasingly identifies as a guy. When a forward-looking theater teacher casts him as Romeo in a production of Romeo and Juliet, Dean, who...

Review of Pumpkin

Pumpkin  by Julie Murphy  High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    336 pp.    g  5/21    978-0-06-288045-1    $17.99  e-book ed.  978-0-06-288047-5    $11.99  Waylon Brewer does not fit in at Clover City High School. He’s fat; he’s gay; and he loves drag, particularly a drag-competition TV show called Fiercest of Them All. But no one, not...
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