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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...

Review of What Miss Mitchell Saw

What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett; illus. by Diana Sudyka Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp. 9/19    918-1-4814-8759-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-8760-3    $10.99 Born in the early part of the nineteenth century “on the fog-wrapped island of Nantucket,” Maria Mitchell was a learner, expanding her educational horizons from her family...

Review of More to the Story

More to the Story by Hena Khan Intermediate, Middle School    Salaam/Simon    262 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-4814-9209-6    $17.99    e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9211-9    $10.99 In a novel inspired by Little Women, thirteen-year-old Pakistani American Jameela Mirza, second oldest of four sisters and an aspiring journalist, lives with her family in Atlanta. This Eid...

Review of Sweep

Sweep  by Louise Greig; illus. by Júlia Sardà  Preschool, Primary    Simon    32 pp.  9/19    978-1-5344-3908-5    $17.99  e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3910-8    $10.99  In this story about emotions and self-control, a boy named Ed’s bad mood escalates from a tiny whirlwind into something sentient that “swept over him in a raging storm and stuck.” The...

Review of Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America

Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin; illus. by Bijou Karman Middle School    Roaring Brook    264 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-62672-130-2    $19.99 “There were about nine thousand licensed pilots in the United States in 1929. Fewer than one hundred of them were women. Of those,...

Review of Becoming Beatriz

Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles High School    Charlesbridge Teen    262 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-58089-778-5    $17.99 Charles (Like Vanessa, rev. 3/18) presents the story of an Afro–Puerto Rican teen, Beatriz Mendez, who is torn between her own desire to be a dancer and the expectations of her blood and chosen families...

Review of People Share with People

People Share with People by Lisa Wheeler; illus. by Molly Idle Preschool    Atheneum    40 pp. 9/19    978-1-5344-2559-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2560-6    $10.99 The team behind People Don’t Bite People (rev. 3/18) presents another useful and engaging toddler-skills picture-book primer in rhyme, with child-friendly examples and Idle’s dynamic, appealing illustrations to...

Review of Blood Water Paint audiobook

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough; read by Xe Sands High School    Listening Library 3 CDs    3.87 hrs.    978-1-9848-2899-6    $15.00 In her youth, Artemisia Gentileschi, the renowned Italian Baroque painter, assisted her painter father, Orazio Gentileschi, while struggling to achieve her own artistic vision. Artemisia’s mother told her the biblical...

Review of Guts

Guts by Raina Telgemeier; illus. by the author; color by Braden Lamb Intermediate    Graphix/Scholastic    215 pp.    g 9/19    978-0-545-85251-7    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-0-545-85250-0    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-545-85253-1    $7.99 In this graphic memoir chronicling her fourth-grade year, Telgemeier (Smile; Sisters, rev. 11/14) shares her childhood experiences with anxiety. A bout with...

Review of Beverly, Right Here

 Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    243 pp.    g 9/19    978-0-7636-9464-7    $16.99 In this companion volume to DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale (rev. 3/16) and Louisiana’s Way Home (rev. 9/18) — together the books make up a trilogy in which DiCamillo introduces three girls, each meeting individual challenges...

Review of At the Mountain’s Base

At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell; illus. by Weshoyot Alvitre Preschool, Primary    Kokila/Penguin    32 pp.    g 9/19    978-0-7352-3060-6    $17.99 In a cabin at the base of a mountain, multiple generations of Cherokee women await the return of their daughter/sister/mother/granddaughter, who is piloting a plane during wartime somewhere far away....

Review of The Parrot and the Merchant: A Tale by Rumi

The Parrot and the Merchant: A Tale by Rumi retold by Marjan Vafaeian; illus. by the author; 
trans. from the Persian by Azita Rassi Primary    Tiny Owl    32 pp. 5/19    978-1-910328-03-3    $16.99 Mah Jahan, a wealthy Persian merchant, collects birds during her travels, keeping them “in cages or chains so...

Review of The Miracle & Tragedy 
of the Dionne Quintuplets

The Miracle & Tragedy 
of the Dionne Quintuplets by Sarah Miller Middle School, High School    
Schwartz & Wade/Random    309 pp.    8/19    978-1-5247-1381-2    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1382-9    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1383-6    $10.99 The “miracle” referred to in the title was of course the birth of the five identical Dionne sisters in...

Review of The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined

The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined by Stephanie Hemphill High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    495 pp. 6/19    978-0-06-249011-7    $17.99 In this engrossing first-person, present-tense verse novel, Hemphill (Your Own, Sylvia, rev. 3/07; Hideous Love, rev. 9/13) reimagines the fifteenth-century life of French martyr Joan of Arc. Readers follow...

Review of The King of Kindergarten

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes; illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Preschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 7/19    978-1-5247-4074-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-4075-7    $10.99 In a series of vignettes, Barnes (Crown, rev. 11/17) follows a boy on his first day of big-kid school. Dubbed the “King of Kindergarten” by his mother,...

Review of Lovely War audiobook

Lovely War by Julie Berry; read by Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, and various artists High School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/19 11 CDs    12.95 hrs.    978-1-9848-3826-1    $70.00 In a frame story, the goddess Aphrodite recounts a tale of true romance, expertly voiced by Entwistle, humanizing the tragedy of WWI and conveying...

Review of The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney

The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney by Alice B. McGinty; illus. by Elizabeth Haidle Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 5/19    978-1-5247-6831-7    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-6832-4    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-6833-1    $10.99 Making smart use of the liberty that a picture-book biography can choose to take by...

Review of My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi; illus. by Anthony Piper Intermediate, Middle School    Dutton    252 pp.    g 8/19    978-0-3991-8735-3    $16.99 In the summer before seventh grade, in 1984, Ebony-Grace Norfleet Freeman — also known as E-Grace Starfleet, space cadet, in the comics she imagines — is...

Review of Ultrabot's First Playdate

Ultrabot’s First Playdate by Josh Schneider; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Clarion    32 pp.    g 7/19    978-1-328-49013-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-06358-2    $12.99 At first glance, this doesn’t look like a what-to-expect-when-hosting-a-playdate story. The first-timer here is a massive red robot that “lived with its professor in a little top-secret...

Review of Pay Attention, Carter Jones audiobook

Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt; read by Christopher Gebauer Middle School    Recorded Books    Rev. 1/19 5 CDs    5.18 hrs.    978-1-9800-1047-0    $15.99 Having been bequeathed to sixth-grader Carter’s household by his deceased grandfather, English butler and “gentleman’s gentleman” Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick appears at the door on the first day of...

Review of Hummingbird

Hummingbird by Nicola Davies; illus. by Jane Ray Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 5/19    978-1-5362-0538-1    $16.99 Weighing less than three-quarters of an ounce (or, in Davies’s spot-on comparison for young readers, “less than a nickel”), the ruby-throated hummingbird migrates annually between Central and North America, approximately two thousand miles each...

Review of Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez Intermediate, Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    367 pp.    g 9/19    978-0-425-29043-9    $16.99 In alternating chapters, readers meet lonely, artistic Lane DiSanti; bird-lover Cat Garcia; cooking whiz Aster Douglas; and aspiring journalist Ofelia Castillo. Spending an enforced summer vacation in sleepy...

Review of Cyril and Pat

Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett; illus. by the author Preschool    Simon    32 pp. 5/19    978-1-5344-3950-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3951-1    $10.99 Rhyming text and animated pencil, acrylic ink, and watercolor illustrations set the stage for a blossoming friendship between Cyril, the only squirrel in Lake Park, and Pat. Pat looks...

Review of The Dark Fantastic

The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games [Postmillennial Pop] by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas New York University Press    215 pp.    g 5/19    978-1-4798-0065-0    $28.00 Thomas explores the entrenched concept (and construct) of the “Dark Fantastic” (“my term for the role that racial difference plays...

Review of They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott; illus. by Harmony Becker Middle School, High School    Top Shelf    208 pp. 9/19    Paper ed. 978-1-60309-450-4    $19.99   From the publisher of the March trilogy (March, rev. 1/14, and sequels), co-written by civil rights leader and U.S....

Review of The Hero Next Door

The Hero Next Door edited by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Intermediate, Middle School    Crown    266 pp.    g 7/19    978-0-525-64630-3    $16.99    Library ed.  978-0-525-64631-0    $19.99    e-book ed.  978-0-525-64632-7    $9.99 Rhuday-Perkovich, in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, has compiled thirteen short stories (by fourteen authors) about “everyday heroes in our midst.” The entries...

Review of Spot & Dot

Spot & Dot by Henry Cole; illus. by the author Primary    Little Simon    32 pp. 8/19    978-1-5344-2555-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2556-9    $10.99 We first met cat Spot and Spot’s boy owner in Spot, the Cat (rev. 3/16). Here Cole adds two new characters: dog Dot (like Spot, white with one...

Review of Front Desk audiobook

Front Desk by Kelly Yang; read by Sunny Lu Intermediate    Listening Library    Rev. 7/18 6 CDs    6.5 hrs.    978-1-9848-4609-9    $50.00 Yang’s vivacious protagonist, ten-year-old Chinese immigrant Mia Tang, is winningly voiced by narrator Lu. Mia’s trials and tribulations, at school and at the California motel where she lives and works...

Review of A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein Middle School, High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    388 pp. 1/19    978-0-06-245301-3    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-245304-4    $8.99 Wein has established herself as a consummate writer of historical fiction (Code Name Verity, rev. 5/12; Rose...

Review of Love Sugar Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits

Love Sugar Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano Intermediate    Walden Pond/HarperCollins    320 pp. 2/19    978-0-06-249849-6    $16.99   Following her discovery in Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble (rev. 3/18) that she (like all the females in her family) is a bruja, Leonora Logroño is busy learning about...

Review of Daniel's Good Day

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Daniel’s Good Day by Micha Archer; illus. by the author Preschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 5/19    978-0-399-54672-3    $16.99 “What makes a good day for you?” As young Daniel (of Daniel Finds a Poem) walks through his busy city neighborhood (where he “knows many people”) to spend the day with his...

Review of The Phantom Tollbooth audiobook

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; read by Rainn Wilson Intermediate    Listening Library 4 CDs    4.68 hrs.    978-1-9848-8703-0    $20.00 Juster’s classic tale about a bored boy named Milo who finds adventure and fodder for the mind in the Lands Beyond gets new attention in this audio production read by actor...

Review of Children of the First People: Fresh Voices of Alaska's Native Kids

Children of the First People: Fresh Voices of Alaska’s Native Kids by Tricia Brown; photos by Roy Corral Intermediate, Middle School    Alaska Northwest    48 pp.    g 4/19    Paper ed.  978-1-5132-6197-3    $13.99 Twenty years after Children of the Midnight Sun (rev. 7/98), Brown and Corral present ten additional portraits of contemporary...

Review of The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta High School    Candlewick    342 pp.    g 5/19    978-1-5362-0096-6    $17.99 High schooler Danny and her mom arrive in Tempest, California, under mysterious circumstances (Danny: “I was the one who had begged for a new life, my tears salted with guilt”). There, where the redwoods...

Review of Puppy Truck

Puppy Truck by Brian Pinkney; illus. by the author Preschool    Atheneum    40 pp. 6/19    978-1-5344-2687-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2688-7    $10.99 What’s a kid to do when he wants a puppy but receives a toy truck instead? Carter cheerfully and enterprisingly makes the best of it by pretending (or is he?)...

Review of Predator and Prey: A Conversation in Verse

Predator and Prey: A Conversation in Verse by Susannah Buhrman-Deever; illus. by Bert Kitchen Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick Studio    32 pp.    g 4/19    978-0-7636-9533-0    $18.99 Buhrman-Deever imagines the relationships between predators and prey as poetic standoffs. Animal antagonists express their behaviors and needs in a variety of creative poetic formats, sometimes...

Review of Skulls!

Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh; illus. by Scott Campbell Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 7/19    978-1-5344-1400-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1401-3    $10.99 “You probably don’t think much about skulls,” the book begins, as readers meet a round-faced girl with puffball pigtails. A page-turn places the girl, who’s contentedly chomping on an apple, amid...

Review of Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson; with lyrics by Malik “Malik-16” Sharif High School    Tegen/HarperCollins    380 pp. 5/19    978-0-06-284032-5    $17.99    e-book ed.  978-0-06-284034-9    $9.99 It’s 1998, and hip-hop reigns supreme on the music charts and in the streets of Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the violence plaguing the community claims...

Review of What Kind of Car Does a T. Rex Drive?

What Kind of Car Does a T. Rex Drive? by Mark Lee; illus. by Brian Biggs Preschool, Primary    Putnam    40 pp.    g 5/19    978-1-5247-4123-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-4124-2    $10.99 Used-car salesman Uncle Otto, desperate to make a sale, vows to “sell a car to anyone — or anything — that...

Review of Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me

Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield; illus. by Ehsan Abdollahi Primary    Sourcebooks Jabberwocky    40 pp.    g 4/19    978-1-4926-7724-6    $15.99 Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award recipient Greenfield (Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems; Nathaniel Talking, rev. 9/90; The Great Migration, rev. 1/11) here presents a series of...

Review of A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon by Suzanne Slade; illus. by Veronica Miller Jamison Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 3/19    978-0-316-43517-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-51131-5    $9.99 Math genius Katherine Johnson (née Coleman) was a star student, twice skipping a grade before her family...
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