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Review of Cast Away: Poems for Our Time

Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye Middle School, High School    Greenwillow    159 pp. 2/20    978-0-06-290769-1    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-290771-4    $10.99 Current Young People’s Poet ­Laureate Nye finds inspiration in those things we throw away — as well as in the act of throwing things away and...

Review of The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne

The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illus. by John Parra Primary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 1/20    978-1-4814-6289-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-6290-7    $10.99 Ethel L. Payne grew up on the South Side of Chicago surrounded by stories from her parents and from...

Review of Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann; illus. by Lily Williams Middle School, High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    $14.99 1/20    978-1-250-30572-5    $21.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-14317-4    $14.99 After noticing bloodstains on new-girl Sasha’s white pants, longtime friends Abby, Christine, and Brit swoop in and save the day. It’s...

Review of The Old Truck

The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey; illus. by the authors Preschool, Primary    Norton    40 pp. 1/20    978-1-324-00519-3    $17.95 e-book ed.  978-1-324-00520-9    $12.15 The author-illustrator brothers tell the story of a family farm and the truck that assists with chores. As the hard-working truck ages, so does the...

Review of Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights

Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights by Karen Blumenthal High School    Roaring Brook    373 pp.    g 2/20    978-1-62672-165-4    $19.99 Multiple legal, social, religious, and medical strands comprise the history of reproductive rights in America. Blumenthal, in her trademark straightforward journalistic style (Tommy: The Gun That Changed...

Review of The List of Things That Will Not Change

 The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead Intermediate    Lamb/Random    218 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-101-93809-6    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-101-93810-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-101-93811-9    $9.99 From the outside it appears that Bea lives a charmed life. She has loving (albeit divorced) parents; an involved extended family; a kindly, funny teacher; a loyal...

Review of My Best Friend

My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano; illus. by Jillian Tamaki Preschool    Atheneum    32 pp. 3/20    978-1-5344-2722-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2723-5    $10.99 What begins on the title spread as a small redheaded girl hesitantly approaching another girl on a tire swing becomes an ode to making friends. Our narrator gleefully shares this discovered joy:...

Review of The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America

The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America by Kathleen Krull; illus. by Alexandra Bye Primary, Intermediate    Atheneum    48 pp. 2/20    978-1-4814-9151-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9152-5    $10.99 President Roosevelt usually gets credit for the New Deal programs that helped pull America out of the...

Review of Prairie Lotus

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park Middle School   Clarion    260 pp.    g 3/20    978-1-328-78150-5    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-33083-7    $9.99 In 1880, fourteen-year-old Hanna and her father settle in the (fictional) town of LaForge, in Dakota Territory. Papa is white; Hanna’s late mother immigrated from China and had both Chinese and...

Review of A Girl like Me

A Girl like Me by Angela Johnson; illus. by Nina Crews Preschool, Primary    Millbrook    40 pp.    g 2/20    978-1-5415-5777-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5415-7891-3    $18.99 It seems not even the sky’s the limit for the imaginative, adventurous, inventive girls depicted in this inspirational picture book. Johnson’s upbeat text, paired with Crews’s...

Review of Mother Jones and Her Army of Mill Children

Mother Jones and Her Army of Mill Children by Jonah Winter; illus. by Nancy Carpenter Primary, Intermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 2/20    978-0-449-81291-4    $17.99   g Library ed.  978-0-449-81292-1    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-449-81293-8    $10.99 Creating a first-person narration (partly adapted from the labor activist’s letters and speeches, as explained in...

Review of Yes No Maybe So

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    440 pp.    g 2/20    978-0-06-293704-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-293705-6    $11.99 In alternating chapters, teens Maya (a Muslim girl) and Jamie (a Jewish boy) narrate a story set amidst a longshot Georgia state senate campaign. Pushed...

Review of Johnny's Pheasant

Johnny’s Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema; illus. by Julie Flett Primary    Minnesota    32 pp.    g 11/19    978-1-5179-0501-9    $16.95 Minnema (a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) and Flett (of Cree-Métis descent) present an engaging and humorous intergenerational story of patience, hope, and surprise. Johnny spots a motionless pheasant in...

Review of The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard; illus. by Oge Mora Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 1/20    978-1-5247-6828-7    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-6829-4    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-6830-0    $10.99 As an enslaved child on an Alabama plantation, Mary Walker would look up at the...

Review of Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Body Under the Piano

Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Body Under the Piano by Marthe Jocelyn; illus. by Isabelle Follath Intermediate    Tundra    325 pp.    g 2/20    978-0-7352-6546-2    $15.99 e-book ed.  978-0-77352-6547-9    $9.99 In 1902 Torquay, England, twelve-year-old Aggie befriends a Belgian refugee, Hector Perot, and investigates a murder roiling the town. When Mrs. Eversham,...

Review of Pluto Gets the Call

Pluto Gets the Call by Adam Rex; illus. by Laurie Keller Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp. 11/19    978-1-5344-1453-2    $17.99 e-book ed.   978-1-5344-1454-9    $10.99 Rex and Keller dramatize Pluto’s demotion to dwarf planet status in this smart and playful offering of informational comedy. Rex’s wry and engaging text is told completely...

Review of Just like Me

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Just like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 1/20    978-0-525-58209-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-58210-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-58211-3    $10.99 Each poem in this collection is narrated by a different young girl about some aspect of her identity that she celebrates (“I am...

Review of Not a Bean

Not a Bean by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez; illus. by Laura González Preschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp. 9/19    978-1-58089-815-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-667-4    $9.99 “Jumping beans” are not in fact beans but moth larvae that have burrowed into the seedpods of the yerba de la flecha shrubs found alongside arroyos in...

Review of There Will Come a Darkness

There Will Come a Darkness [Age of Darkness] by Katy Rose Pool High School    Holt    485 pp. 9/19    978-1-250-21175-0    $19.99 A prophecy foretells that an “age of darkness” will come down upon the land unless a new prophet can prevent it. This time of reckoning throws the story’s diverse cast...

Review of Freedom Bird

Freedom Bird by Jerdine Nolen; illus. by James E. Ransome Primary    Wiseman/Simon    32 pp. 1/20    978-0-689-87167-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-0222-4    $10.99 Nolen presents an original story about flight and freedom — the former an enduring motif, the latter a recurrent theme, in African American folklore. Millicent and John worked alongside...

Review of I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage

I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins; illus. by various artists Intermediate    Lee & Low    60 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-62014-311-7    $19.95 Fourteen writers contribute poems that speak to their ethnic heritage. A full-page illustration by a different artist accompanies each piece, with much varie­ty to...

Review of Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson by Katherine Johnson Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    250 pp. 7/19    978-1-5344-4083-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-4085-2    $10.99 To help her older brother with his math work at school, Katherine Johnson hatched a plan. She joined his class for a day...

Review of The Dark Lord Clementine

The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz Intermediate, Middle School    Algonquin    329 pp.    g 10/19    978-1-61620-894-3    $17.95 Clementine’s father, the Dark Lord Elithor Morcerous, has been cursed by the Whittle Witch and is unable to fulfill his dastardly duties. Clementine takes it upon herself to run Castle Brack, with...

Review of Black Is a Rainbow Color

Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 1/20    978-1-62672-631-4    $17.99 A young girl sits on her stoop contemplating the colors of the rainbow, then notes, “But my color is black…and there’s no black in rainbows.” There is, however, black in...

Review of Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    107 pp. 10/19    978-1-5344-0490-8    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0491-5    $10.99 Ashley Bryan was a nineteen-year-old art student when he was drafted into a segregated army unit of...

Review of Anna & Samia: The True Story of Saving a Black Rhino

Anna & Samia: The True Story of Saving a Black Rhino by Paul Meisel; illus. by the author Primary    Farrar    32 pp. 10/19    978-0-374-30577-2    $17.99 When a newborn black rhinoceros is abandoned in a Kenyan rhino sanctuary in 1985, conservationist Anna Merz steps in to rescue and raise the baby...

Review of The Whispering Wars

The Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty Intermediate    Levine/Scholastic    408 pp.    g 10/19    978-1-338-25587-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-25588-1    $11.99 Moriarty returns to the magical universe of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (rev. 9/18) in this companion novel. The town of Spindrift, in the Kingdom of Storms, is under siege...

Review of Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Elizabeth Zunon Preschool    Sourcebooks Jabberwocky    32 pp.    g 1/20    978-1-4926-3832-2    $17.99 Grimes puts an animal-centric spin on a youngster’s innovations for bedtime stalling. This lushly illustrated story, on double-page spreads full of bold, saturated color, opens with an African American child’s...

Review of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese Middle School, High School    Beacon    270 pp. 7/19    Paper ed.  978-0-8070-4939-6    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-0-8070-4940-2    $14.99 Mendoza and Reese, children’s literature scholars and bloggers at American Indians in Children’s...

Review of By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music

By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary    Atheneum    48 pp. 1/20    978-1-5344-2636-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2637-5    $10.99 Born to a free mother in 1851 Maryland, Charles Albert Tindley was technically considered free. However, the law didn’t protect...

Review of Frankly in Love

Frankly in Love by David Yoon High School    Putnam    414 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-9848-1220-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-1221-6    $10.99 High school senior Frank Li is the son of two first-generation Korean immigrant parents, and he knows that they have made sacrifices all their lives in order to give him opportunities....

Review of Octopus Stew

Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez; illus. by the author Primary    Holiday    40 pp. 9/19    978-0-8234-3754-2    $17.99 With love and humanity — and humor — Velasquez (Looking for Bongo, Grandma’s Gift) once again affirms young Black Latinx boys’ identities and family experiences. Inspired by her cape-wearing grandson’s painting of an octopus...

Review of To Dance

To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel; illus. by Mark Siegel Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    86 pp. 10/19    978-1-4814-8663-7    $19.99 Paper ed.  978-1-4814-8664-4    $11.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-8665-1    $8.99 Even more effectively than the original, this special edition of the 2006 graphic memoir about Cherson Siegel’s youth as a School of American...

Review of The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh

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The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming Middle School, High School    Schwartz & Wade/Random    364 pp.    g 2/20    978-0-525-64654-9    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-64655-6    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-64656-3    $10.99 Stitching together important life events, insightful anecdotes, and primary sources, Fleming (Amelia Lost, rev. 3/11; The Family Romanov, rev....

Review of Stargazing

Stargazing by Jen Wang; illus. by the author; color by Lark Pien Intermediate    First Second/Roaring Brook    218 pp. 9/19    978-1-250-18387-3    $21.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-18388-0    $12.99 In Wang’s (The Prince and the Dressmaker, rev. 3/18) middle-grade graphic novel, Christine follows the rules and tries to live up to her strict Chinese-immigrant...

Review of My Grandma and Me

My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin; illus. by Lindsey Yankey Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 8/19    978-0-7636-9494-4    $16.99  The unnamed narrator recalls her childhood growing up in Iran (where the author also grew up) with her beloved grandmother, who lives with the family. The child accompanies her grandma on...

Review of The Things She's Seen audiobook

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina; read by Miranda Tapsell High School    Listening Library    Rev. 9/19 4 CDs    4.48 hrs.    978-1-9848-8440-4    $38.00 Tapsell provides a gripping performance of the Kwaymullinas’ Australia-set crime story about a mysterious fire at a children’s home, which is being investigated by...

Review of Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    40 pp. 9/19    978-1-4197-3682-7    $18.99 Growing up Mexican American in Texas at the turn of the twentieth century meant racism and discrimination to José de la Luz Sáenz:...

Review of Here in the Real World

Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker Intermediate, Middle School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    309 pp. 2/20    978-0-06-269895-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-269897-1    $10.99 After his grandmother’s fall derails the family’s summer plans, eleven-year-old Ware’s parents sign him up for the town’s summer rec program. Ware, who loves medieval history and...

Review of Pokko and the Drum

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Wiseman/Simon    64 pp. 10/19    978-1-4814-8039-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-8040-6    $10.99 “The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her a drum,” begins this story about a young frog musician’s path to creative fulfillment, benevolent (mostly) leadership,...

Review of The Lost Coast audiobook

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta; read by Sophie Amoss and Brittany Pressley High School    Listening Library    Rev. 7/19 7 CDs    8.78 hrs.    978-0-5931-0356-2    $60.00 When Danny moves to Tempest, California, she falls in with a group of witches, the Grays, who need her to help bring back fellow...

Review of Being Frog

Being Frog by April Pulley Sayre; photos by the author Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp. 2/20    978-1-5344-2881-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2882-9    $10.99 A green frog moves through its woodland environment, its motions described in short rhyming sentences that match the pace of the creature as it hunts, crawls, jumps,...

Review of I Hope You Get This Message

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi High School    HarperTeen    420 pp.    g 10/19    978-0-06-274145-5    $17.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-274147-9 $9.99 When the world learns that omnipotent aliens will decide humanity’s fate in eight days, chaos erupts, and three teens strive to make their (potentially) final days count....

Review of Astro Girl

Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp. 9/19    978-1-5362-0946-4    $16.99 As young Astrid gazes out her bedroom window at the stars, using a hand-held telescope, we see visual evidence of her astronomy obsession all around: a helmet, model rocket ship, etc. The straightforward...

Review of Girl Gone Viral audiobook

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi; read by Jorjeana Marie High School    Listening Library    Rev. 9/19 9 CDs    10.4 hrs.    978-1-9848-8588-3    $65.00 High school coding genius Opal Hopper is looking to promote the hottest social media star in virtual reality in order to win a contest that will allow her...

Review of The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs

The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs by Gail Jarrow Middle School, High School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills & Kane    155 pp.    g 10/19    978-1-62979-438-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68437-895-1    $11.99 Formaldehyde in milk, cocaine in toothache drops, sausage made from pulverized meat scraps swept off factory...

Review of King and the Dragonflies

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    263 pp.    g 2/20    978-1-338-12933-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-12935-9    $10.99 In their second middle-grade novel (Hurricane Child, rev. 5/18), set in contemporary small-town Louisiana, Callender masterfully balances resonant themes of grief, love, family, friendship, racism, sexuality, and coming-of-age. Twelve-year-old...

Review of Bear Is Awake!: An Alphabet Story

Bear Is Awake!: An Alphabet Story by Hannah E. Harrison; illus. by the author Preschool    Dial    32 pp.    g 11/19    978-0-399-18666-0    $17.99 In this diverting alphabet story, a bear wakes too early (it's the dead of winter) from hibernation, heads to a girl's cabin in the woods, rings her doorbell—and...

Review of The Line Tender audiobook

The Line Tender by Kate Allen; read by Jenna Lamia Intermediate, Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/19 6 CDs    7.37 hrs.    978-1-9848-4546-7    $50.00 Lucy’s mother, a renowned shark expert, died when Lucy was seven. Now another death shakes Lucy’s world, and she must make sense of this new grief as...

Review of How Many?: A Different Kind of Counting Book

How Many?: A Different Kind of Counting Book [Talking Math] by Christopher Danielson; photos by Scott Dorrance Preschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    40 pp. 9/19    978-1-58089-943-7    $15.99 Paper ed.  978-1-58089-945-1    $7.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-813-5    $6.99 Danielson upends the traditional counting book format by letting viewers decide for themselves what to count. Take,...

Review of Light It Up

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon Middle School, High School    Holt    359 pp.    g 10/19    978-1-250-12889-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-12890-4    $9.99 In this follow-up to How It Went Down (rev. 11/14), Peach Street is seething. Two years after a young man was gunned down by police on the same street,...

Review of Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse

Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse by Jane Godwin; illus. by Blanca Gómez Preschool    Dial    40 pp.    g 8/19    978-0-525-55381-6    $16.99 “Red house / Blue house / Green house / Tree house! / See the tiny mouse / in her little brown house?” A small mouse packs her...

Review of Best Babysitters Ever audiobook

Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala; read by Bahni Turpin, Sophie Amoss, and Almarie Guerra Intermediate, Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 1/19 5 CDs    5.95 hrs.    978-0-5255-2413-7    $45.00 Determined to throw the best joint thirteenth birthday party ever, best friends Malia (the M is silent), Bree, and Dot are in...

Review of The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come by Sue Macy; illus. by Stacy Innerst Primary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 10/19    978-1-4814-7220-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7221-0    $10.99 “Kum aher. Sit down. I want to tell you a story.” With a storyteller’s cadence, Macy (Miss...

Review of The Year We Fell from Space

The Year We Fell from Space by Amy Sarig King Intermediate, Middle School    Levine/Scholastic    264 pp.    g 10/19    978-1-338-23636-1    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-23646-0    $10.99 Twelve-year-old “amateur creative astronomer” Liberty Johansen, having memorized all the constellations, makes up her own and meticulously maps them. Her love of the cosmos comes from...

Review of I Want a Dog

I Want a Dog by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Dial    40 pp. 9/19    978-0-525-55546-9    $17.99 A determined girl heads to the Happy-dale Animal Shelter, pulling a red wagon. When she tells the shelter worker that she wants a dog, he shows her everything but a dog....

Review of The Whispers audiobook

The Whispers by Greg Howard; read by Kivlighan de Montebello and Robin Miles Intermediate, Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 1/19 5 CDs    5.77 hrs.    978-1-9848-3840-7    $45.00 With his mom missing, Riley depends on the Whispers — fairylike beings with the ability to grant wishes, taken from a bedtime story his...

Review of Thurgood

Thurgood by Jonah Winter; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 9/19    978-1-5247-6533-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-6534-7    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-6535-4    $.10.99 Thurgood Marshall (1908–1993) — who grew up to “change the law of the land” — was a skilled debater and orator from a young age....

Review of Lalani of the Distant Sea

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly; illus. by Lian Cho Intermediate    Greenwillow    388 pp. 9/19    978-0-06-274727-3    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-274729-7    $9.99 Kelly turns from the contemporary realistic settings of the Newbery-winning Hello, Universe (rev. 3/17) and of You Go First (rev. 3/18) to a tropical island–set fantasy...

Review of Home in the Woods

Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler; illus. by the author Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    40 pp.    g 10/19    978-0-399-16290-9    $17.99 When six-year-old Marvel, her seven siblings, and their newly widowed mother are forced to leave their farm and move into an abandoned tar-paper shack deep in the woods, it “doesn’t seem...

Review of Toaff's Way audiobook

Toaff’s Way by Cynthia Voigt; read by Ariadne Meyers Intermediate    Listening Library    Rev. 9/18 5 CDs    5.9 hrs.    978-0-525-62479-0    $45.00 Separated from his family during a winter storm, Toaff, a young squirrel, resiliently sets out to find a new place to live. Over the course of the next three seasons,...

Review of Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts

Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts by Ginger Wadsworth; illus. by Craig Orback Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp. 9/19    978-1-250-17373-7    $18.99 From the time he was born, Charles Schulz’s (1922–2000) name was connected to comic strips, thanks to his uncle nicknaming him “Sparky”...

Review of The Secret Commonwealth

The Secret Commonwealth [The Book of Dust] by Philip Pullman Middle School, High School    Knopf    635 pp.    g 10/19    978-0-553-51066-9    $22.99 Library ed.  978-0-553-51067-6    $25.99 e-book ed.  978-0-553-51068-3    $11.99 Don’t start here. While bibliographically this second entry in Pullman’s Book of Dust trilogy follows La Belle Sauvage (rev. 10/18), biographically...

Review of Birdsong

Birdsong by Julie Flett; illus. by the author Primary    Greystone Kids    56 pp. 9/19    978-1-77164-473-0    $17.95 e-book ed.  978-1-77164-474-7    $17.95 In spring Katherena, her mother, and their dog Ôhô pack up their “little home in the city by the sea” and move to their “new home [that] sits on a...

Review of Grenade audiobook

Grenade by Alan Gratz; read by Todd Haberkorn and Andrew Eiden Middle School, High School    Scholastic Audio    Rev. 11/18 5 CDs    5.42 hrs.    978-1-338-31100-6    $29.99 Set on the island of Okinawa during the American invasion, this WWII story begins by alternating viewpoints (voiced by two different actors) between Hideki, an...

Review of Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars

Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars by Richard Ho; illus. by Katherine Roy Primary, Intermediate    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 10/19    978-1-250-19833-4    $18.99 Debut author Ho and experienced illustrator Roy (Neighborhood Sharks, rev. 11/14; Otis and Will Discover the Deep, rev. 3/18) deliver an informative and surprisingly tender portrayal of Curiosity, the...

Review of Penny and Her Sled

Penny and Her Sled by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Primary    Greenwillow    56 pp. 10/19    978-0-06-293453-6    $14.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-293454-3    $15.89 In her first easy-reader outing in six years (most recently Penny and Her Marble, rev. 3/13), Penny waits for snow. It’s winter, and the young mouse wants nothing...

Review of Small in the City

Small in the City by Sydney Smith; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 9/19    978-0-8234-4261-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4395-6    $11.99 In Smith’s (Sidewalk Flowers, rev. 5/15; Town Is by the Sea, rev. 3/17) debut as both illustrator and author, an intrepid child on the move in the...

Review of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone audiobook

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty; read by Charlie Sanderson Intermediate    Recorded Books    Rev. 9/18 9 CDs    10.42 hrs.    978-1-9800-2728-7    $97.75 When she is ten years old, Bronte receives the news that her parents have been killed by pirates. According to their “faery cross-stitch”-bound will, Bronte...

Review of Todos iguales / All Equal: Un corrido de Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove

Todos iguales / All Equal: Un corrido de Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove by Christy Hale; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Children’s/Lee & Low    40 pp. 8/19    978-0-89239-427-2    $19.95 Hale’s storytelling shines in this account of Mexican American resistance against racism in the 1930s. Inspired by...

Review of Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    193 pp. 10/19    978-1-4814-3828-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-3830-8    $10.99 Ten blocks. Ten stories. Lots of middle-school kids doing many different things after school. Jasmine and TJ walk home together, wondering what they’re made of—dust...

Review of Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard; illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal Preschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp. 10/19    978-1-62672-746-5    $18.99 This affectionate picture book depicts an intergenerational group of Native American family members and friends as they make fry bread together. The text begins: “Fry bread...

Review of Riding a Donkey Backwards: Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin

Riding a Donkey Backwards: Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin retold by Sean Taylor and the Khayaal Theatre; illus. by Shirin Adl Primary    Candlewick    48 pp. 8/19    978-1-5362-0507-7    $18.99 Mulla Nasruddin, as the preface explains, is a pan-Muslim trickster figure who has captivated storytellers for generations and whose actions...

Review of Best Friends

Best Friends by Shannon Hale; illus. by LeUyen Pham; color by Hilary Sycamore Intermediate, Middle School    First Second/Roaring Brook    250 pp. 8/19    978-1-250-31745-2    $21.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-31746-9    $12.99 In this follow-up to her graphic memoir Real Friends (rev. 5/17), Hale straps in to the roller coaster rides, both real and...

Review of Pet

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi Middle School    Make Me a World/Random    204 pp. 9/19    978-0-525-64707-2    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-64708-9    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-64709-6    $10.99 A haunting and poetic work of speculative fiction—the first for young readers by adult author Emezi. Jam, the adolescent protagonist, is a transgender hearing person who communicates...

Review of You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood

You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood by Aimee Reid; illus. by Matt Phelan Primary    Abrams    40 pp. 8/19    978-1-4197-3617-9    $17.99 Following the tradition set in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Reid and Phelan take readers into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe with both truths and invention in...

Review of Let's Scare Bear

Let’s Scare Bear by Yuko Katakawa; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Holiday    40 pp. 7/19    978-0-8234-3953-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4294-2    $10.99 A quartet of woodland creatures—a mouse, fox, spider, and snake—are enjoying afternoon tea, including their favorite sweet manju cakes (steamed buns filled with red bean paste), when they...

Review of Firefighters' Handbook

Firefighters’ Handbook by Meghan McCarthy; illus. by the author Primary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 9/19    978-1-5344-1733-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1734-2    $10.99 McCarthy (Astronaut Handbook, rev. 7/08; All That Trash, rev. 5/18) brings her recognizable illustration style (bug-eyed humans with sideways grins) to the kid-captivating topic of firefighting. Friendly, direct-address text covers...

Review of Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    367 pp. 10/19    978-0-06-231764-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-231766-7    $10.99 At first, this seems to be the story of Frankie, a girl in a Catholic orphanage in Chicago in the 1940s. She and her sister and brother...

Review of Vroom!

Vroom! by Barbara McClintock; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Farrar    32 pp. 7/19    978-1-62672-217-0    $17.99 Annie, the daredevil young protagonist of this spirited story, has a big imagination—and a plan. She dons her striped racing helmet and gloves and then jumps into her sleek racing car. By the second...

Review of Up Verses Down: Poems, Paintings, and Serious Nonsense

Up Verses Down: Poems, Paintings, and Serious Nonsense by Calef Brown; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Ottaviano/Holt    80 pp. 6/19    978-0-8050-9929-4    $19.99 Brown (Soup for Breakfast, rev. 3/09; Hypnotize a Tiger, rev. 3/15) presents poems categorized by subject (“People Are People”; “Foodstuffs”; “Sleepy Time”), and bracketed by poetry about...

Review of A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein; illus. by Jerry Pinkney Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    48 pp.    g 8/19    978-0-8234-4331-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4374-1    $11.99 This superbly executed picture book takes readers behind the scenes of the writing of Dr....

Review of A Place to Belong

A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata; illus. by Julia Kuo Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    405 pp. 5/19    978-1-4814-4664-8    $17.99    e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4666-2    $10.99 They had been such proud Americans—working hard at their San Francisco restaurant and hopeful for the future. Then came Pearl Harbor, and Hanako, her little brother,...

Review of A Stone Sat Still

A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    56 pp. 8/19    978-1-4521-7318-4    $17.99 This multilayered companion to Wenzel’s Caldecott Honor Book They All Saw a Cat (rev. 11/16) starts and ends with similar images of the same large stone. “A stone sat still with...

Review of The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa's Last Great Herds

The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa’s Last Great Herds by Sy Montgomery; photos by Roger Wood and Logan Wood Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    162 pp. 6/19    978-0-544-76113-1    $24.99 Montgomery takes readers on safari, joining a group led by eminent scientist Dr. Richard Despard Estes to follow wildebeest migrations through...

Review of The Fountains of Silence

 The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys High School    Philomel    498 pp.    g 10/19    978-0-399-16031-8    $18.99 Sepetys’s riveting historical epic examines the enduring effects of the Spanish Civil War through the perspectives of four young people living under the shadow of Franco’s fascist dictatorship in 1957 Madrid. Ana and Rafael...

Review of River

River by Elisha Cooper; illus. by the author Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    48 pp.    g 10/19    978-1-338-31226-3    $18.99 A woman says goodbye to her family and begins a three-hundred-mile canoe journey down a river. "In her canoe: tent, sleeping bag, guidebook, map, life jacket, first-aid kit, waterproof duffle with food, clothes, water...

Review of Liberty Arrives!: How America's Grandest Statue Found Her Home

Liberty Arrives!: How America’s Grandest Statue Found Her Home by Robert Byrd; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Dial    40 pp.    g 6/19    978-0-7352-3082-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-5255-5451-6    $10.99 Byrd (Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner for Electric Ben, rev. 11/12) approaches his topic as systematically and artistically as did...

Review of Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!

Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! by Cece Bell; illus. by the author Primary    Candlewick    70 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-7636-7936-1    $12.99 Gone are the days of Dick and Jane easy readers, with their boring characters and their notably unthreatening dog. Bell’s (El Deafo, rev. 11/14; the Rabbit & Robot books)...

Review of Love and the Rocking Chair

Love and the Rocking Chair by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon; 
illus. by the authors Primary    Blue Sky/Scholastic    40 pp.    g 10/19    978-1-338-33265-0    $18.99 In this final collaboration (a note explains that much of the book, which was drawn from the couple’s own experiences, had been finished and put aside...

Review of Crossing On Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, and a Journey to the New World

Crossing On Time: Steam Engines, Fast Ships, 
and a Journey to the New World by David Macaulay; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Roaring Brook    128 pp. 5/19    978-1-59643-477-6    $24.99 Macaulay chronicles his own mid-twentieth-century immigration story in full color and a wide trim size—along with plenty of diagrams...

Review of Butterfly Yellow

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lai Middle School, High School    Harper/HarperCollins    296 pp.    g 9/19    978-0-06-222921-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-222923-6    $9.99 During the 1975 fall of Saigon, twelve-year-old Hang determines that she and her younger brother, Linh, should escape to America. They attempt to impersonate orphans to join Operation Babylift, but...

Review of Double Bass Blues

Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney; illus. by Rudy Gutierrez Primary    Knopf    32 pp.    g 10/19    978-1-5247-1852-7    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1853-4    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1854-1    $10.99 Told entirely through dialogue and sound effects, the story follows double-bass player Nic as he performs an “epic solo” at band practice at...

Review of Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes High School    Wordsong/Boyds Mills    325 pp. 10/19    978-1-62979-881-3    $19.99 As poetically written as Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming (rev. 9/14) with a story as hard-hitting as Sapphire’s Push. In her author’s note, poet Grimes (winner of the 2017 Children’s Literature Legacy Award) says that...

Review of Pumpkinheads

Pumpkinheads  by Rainbow Rowell; illus. by Faith Erin Hicks; 
color by Sarah Stern  High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    222 pp.  8/19    978-1-250-31285-3    $24.99      Paper ed.  978-1-62672-162-3    $17.99  Graduating high-school seniors Josiah and Deja have worked together at DeKnock’s World Famous Pumpkin Patch & Autumn Jamboree every fall for the past...

Review of Saturday

Saturday  by Oge Mora; illus. by the author  Preschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g  10/19    978-0-316-43127-9    $18.99  e-book ed.  978-0-316-43126-2    $9.99  Mora (Thank You, Omu!, rev. 11/18) follows up her Caldecott Honor winner with another story built around family and community connection. On Saturdays, Ava and her mother (who...

Review of Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship”

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship” by Deborah Heiligman Intermediate, Middle School    Godwin/Holt    291 pp.    g 10/19    978-1-62779-554-8    $19.99 Nonfiction maestro Heiligman (Charles and Emma, rev. 1/09; Vincent and Theo, rev. 3/17) here tells a riveting wartime survival story. As World War...

Review of It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories

It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories edited by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman High School    Knopf    311 pp.    g 9/19    978-0-525-64616-7    $17.99    Library ed.  978-0-525-64617-4    $20.99    e-book ed.  978-0-525-64618-1    $10.99 In this anthology of fourteen short stories by Jewish authors and about Jewish teens, youth trips,...

Review of A Big Bed for Little Snow

 A Big Bed for Little Snow  by Grace Lin; illus. by the author  Preschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g  10/19    978-0-316-47836-6    $17.99  e-book ed.  978-0-316-47838-0    $9.99  Lin takes readers to the sky once again in this follow-up to Caldecott Honor Book A Big Mooncake for Little Star (rev. 7/18). Whereas a black night sky dominated Mooncake’s palette...

Review of Watch Out for Clever Women! / ¡Cuidado con las mujeres astutas!

Watch Out for Clever Women! / ¡Cuidado con las mujeres astutas! by Joe Hayes; illus. by Vicki Trego Hill Intermediate, Middle School    Cinco Puntos    135 pp. 1/19    978-1-947627-00-0    $19.95 Paper ed.  978-1-947627-01-7    $12.95 American Southwest storyteller Hayes retells ten folktales, five new and five from the 1994 original edition, with...
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