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Review of Bad Sister

Bad Sister by Charise Mericle Harper; illus. by Rory Lucey Intermediate, Middle School    First Second    240 pp.    g 7/21    978-1-250-21906-0    $19.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-21905-3    $12.99 Skillfully told through the comics medium, this memoir centers on the author’s childhood experiences as a self-identified “bad sister”: “It wasn’t on purpose. The badness...

Review of Survivor Tree

Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen; illus. by Aaron Becker Primary, Intermediate    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-316-48767-2    $18.99 Colleen uses the cycle of the seasons to tell the remarkable story of New York City’s Survivor Tree. Through lyrical prose, she describes the Callery pear tree as it stood for...

Review of Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert Middle School, High School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    224 pp.    g 10/21    978-0-06-305666-4    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-305668-8    $9.99 On May 30, 1921 — just over one hundred years ago — a young Black...

Review of In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years After the 9/11 Attacks

In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks by Don Brown; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Etch/Houghton   128 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-358-22357-3    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-21240-9    $14.99 Brown’s America Is Under Attack (rev. 11/11) offered...

Review of All Hands on Deck!: A Deadly Hurricane, a Daring Rescue, and the Origin of the Cajun Navy

All Hands on Deck!: A Deadly Hurricane, a Daring Rescue, and the Origin of the Cajun Navy by Robert Neubecker; illus. by the author Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-593-17689-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-17690-0    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-17691-7    $10.99 “The little boats come from all over the coast, one...

Review of The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom

The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom by Lita Judge; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Roaring Brook    48 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-250-23707-1    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-82924-5    $10.99 Scientists are learning that trees communicate with one another, and with other species, by sending chemical...

Review of The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell

The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell by Jordan Sonnenblick Intermediate    Scholastic    224 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-338-64723-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-64724-2    $10.99 Young Jordan hasn’t always had the best luck when it comes to teachers, but he’s fairly sure his fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Fisher loathes him. His mother gets the...

Review of Dreyer's English: Good Advice for Good Writing (Adapted for Young Readers)

Dreyer’s English: Good Advice for Good Writing (Adapted for Young Readers) by Benjamin Dreyer Intermediate, Middle School, High School    Delacorte    288 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-593-17680-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-17681-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-17682-5    $10.99 This adaptation of Dreyer’s adult style guide of the same name is as useful and amusing...

Review of This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth

This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth by Sean Rubin; illus. by the author Primary    Holt    48 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-250-78850-4    $18.99 This is the story of an extraordinary Callery pear tree, told in the voice of the tree itself. Planted in the 1970s, this early spring...

Review of Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch

Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch by Heidi Tyline King; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary, Intermediate    Putnam    40 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-101-99629-4    $17.99 American Beach in northeast Florida is now a protected part of the National Park Service, but it began as a private beach...

Review of Baseball's Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues

Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues by Andrea Williams Middle School    Roaring Brook    336 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-250-62372-0    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-62373-7    $10.99 September 1946. Effa Manley is in the stands of New York City’s Polo Grounds to watch a Negro World...

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 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 The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art

The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art by Cynthia Levinson; illus. by Evan Turk Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    48 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-4197-4130-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-320-3    $15.54 Ben Shahn (1898–1969) was known as “the people’s painter” because his art told real stories about real people. Levinson...

Review of We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell; illus. by Frané Lessac Primary, Intermediate    Charlesbridge    40 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-62354-192-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-973-6    $9.99 In this informational picture book by the team behind We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (rev. 11/18), a diverse group of students...

Review of Dear Treefrog

Dear Treefrog by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Diana Sudyka Primary    Houghton    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-358-06476-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-06671-2    $12.99 In what is in essence a nonfiction early-chapter-book in verse, a young girl moves to a new home. She’s lonely, but when she explores the garden, she observes a...

Review of Beyond: Discoveries from the Outer Reaches of Space

Beyond: Discoveries from the Outer Reaches of Space by Miranda Paul; illus. by Sija Hong Primary, Intermediate    Millbrook    32 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-5415-7756-5    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7284-1898-8    $30.65 Paul’s (Nine Months, rev. 5/19) resonant verse examines phenomena in the far reaches of the universe: “Stretching the limits / of what...

Review of Notes from a Young Black Chef: Adapted for Young Adults

Notes from a Young Black Chef: Adapted for Young Adults by Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein Middle School, High School    Delacorte    288 pp.    g 4/21    978-0-593-17600-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-17601-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-17602-3    $10.99 When chef Kwame Onwuachi opened his high-end (if ultimately ill-fated) restaurant Shaw Bijou atop...

Review of Walk Toward the Rising Sun: From Child Soldier to Ambassador of Peace

Walk Toward the Rising Sun: From Child Soldier to Ambassador of Peace by Ger Duany with Garen Thomas High School    Make Me a World/Random    320 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-5247-1940-1    $18.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1941-8    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1942-5    $11.99 In this vivid memoir, Duany recounts his experience as a Lost Boy....

Review of Just Being Dalí: The Story of Artist Salvador Dalí

Just Being Dalí: The Story of Artist Salvador Dalí by Amy Guglielmo; illus. by Brett Helquist Primary, Intermediate    Putnam    40 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-9848-1658-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-1659-7    $10.99 This picture-book biography paints the Spanish surrealist artist as an imaginative, quirky person right from the start. As a child, he...

Review of A Shot in the Arm!

A Shot in the Arm! [Big Ideas That Changed the World] by Don Brown; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams   144 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-4197-5001-4    $13.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-090-5    $12.59 In this third installment of his Big Ideas That Changed the World comic-format series, Brown lays out the...

Review of The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field

The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field by Scott Riley; illus. by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien Primary, Intermediate    Millbrook    40 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-5415-7915-6    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7284-1900-8    $9.99 Young Prasit Hemmin and his friends loved soccer. But because their small island...

Review of Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued by Peter Sís; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Norton    64 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-324-01574-1    $19.95 e-book ed.  978-1-324-01575-8    $17.48 At the end of 1938, when the Germans invaded the border region of Czechoslovakia, a young...

Review of In the Shadow of the Moon: America, Russia, and the Hidden History of the Space Race

In the Shadow of the Moon: America, Russia, and the Hidden History of the Space Race by Amy Cherrix Middle School, High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    336 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-06-288875-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-288877-8    $9.99 Starting with an intriguing preface, ­Cherrix informs her audience that the space race was...

Review of Saint Spotting; Or, How to Read a Church

Saint Spotting; Or, How to Read a Church by Chris Raschka; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Eerdmans    40 pp.    g 4/21    978-0-8028-5521-3    $17.99 Framing the book as an autobiographical recollection, Raschka provides a guide to “Saint Spotting,” a sort of game he and his mother would play while visiting...

Review of El Deafo: Superpowered Edition!

El Deafo: Superpowered Edition! by Cece Bell; illus. by the author; color by David Lasky Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    288 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-4197-4831-8    $19.99 Bell’s 2014 graphic memoir is here re-issued with a wealth of “superpowered extras.” Childhood photos with friendly hand-lettered captions, often showing key items referenced in...

Review of From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo High School    Norton    384 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-324-00287-1    $19.95 e-book ed.  978-1-324-00288-8    $17.48 Who was Vincent Chin? The brutal 1982 killing of the young Chinese American...

Review of Meltdown: Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima

Meltdown: Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima by Deirdre Langeland Middle School, High School    Roaring Brook    208 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-62672-700-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-62672-699-4    $10.99 In time for the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster (March 2011), Langeland chronicles the largest nuclear disaster of the twenty-first century....

Review of Crossings and Cougar Crossing

Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals by Katy S. Duffield; illus. by Mike Orodán Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-5344-6579-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-6580-0    $10.99 Cougar Crossing: How Hollywood’s Celebrity Cougar Helped Build a Bridge for City Wildlife by Meeg Pincus; illus. by Alexander Vidal Primary    Beach Lane/Simon   ...

Review of Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld; illus. by Matt Tavares Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-5362-0148-2    $17.99 “In life we were our mothers’ sons. / In death we are faded photos on the mantel, / empty chairs at Thanksgiving, / prayers in...

Review of Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood

Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood by Gary Paulsen Intermediate, Middle School    Farrar    368 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-374-31415-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-31416-3    $10.99 The prolific Paulsen dips into his seemingly inexhaustible well of memories to pen yet another memoir. Employing the same third-person narrative voice he used in...

Review of Separate No More: The Long Road to Brown v. Board of Education

Separate No More: The Long Road to Brown v. Board of Education by Lawrence Goldstone Middle School, High School    Focus/Scholastic    288 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-338-59283-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-59285-6    $11.99 Goldstone (Unpunished Murder, rev. 9/18) takes a long view of the historic 1954 civil rights case Brown v. Board of...

Review of Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World's First Female Rabbi

Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World’s First Female Rabbi by Sigal Samuel; illus. by Vali Mintzi Primary, Intermediate    Levine Querido    40 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-64614-037-4    $17.99 Osnat Barzani (1590–1670) convinced her father, a rabbi, to teach her to read Hebrew, unusual as that was for a...

Review of Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D. Williams; illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara Primary, Intermediate    Dlouhy/Atheneum    48 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-5344-1913-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1914-8    $10.99 “In a town called Eatonville…lived a girl who was attracted to tales like mosquitos to...

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 She Rides like the Wind: The Story of Alfonsina Strada

She Rides like the Wind: The Story of Alfonsina Strada by Joan Negrescolor; illus. by the author; trans. from Portuguese by Jethro Soutar Primary    Little Gestalten    48 pp.    g 8/20    978-3-89955-853-1    $19.95 Spare first-person text describes Alfonsina Strada’s early childhood explorations with a bicycle and lightly sketches her groundbreaking career...

Review of Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call: The Heroic Story of WWI Telephone operators

Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call: The Heroic Story of WWI Telephone Operators by Claudia Friddell; illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley Primary, Intermediate    Calkins/Boyds Mills & Kane   40 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-68437-350-5    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63592-371-1    $11.99 Already a college graduate and an instructor at a switchboard operators’...

Review of Sylvie

Sylvie by Sylvie Kantorovitz; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School, High School    Walker US/Candlewick    352 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-5362-0762-0    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-5362-0763-7    $16.99 Author-illustrator Kantorovitz’s (Zig and the Magic Umbrella, rev. 5/15) graphic memoir is an engaging and thoughtful story of an observant child who grows into a...

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...

Review of Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker

Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell; illus. by R. Gregory Christie Primary, Intermediate    McElderry    48 pp.    g 6/20    978-1-5344-0623-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0624-7    $10.99 “Church said / Help your neighbor. / Mama said / Lift as you climb.” So began the lifework of...

Review of Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid

Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid by Victoria Tentler-Krylov; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Orchard/Scholastic    48 pp.    g 12/20    978-1-338-28283-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-67489-7    $11.99 With fittingly bold, whimsical, flowing illustrations, this picture-book biography showcases Iraqi British architect Zaha Hadid, who “dreamed big and defied convention.” Born...

Review of Kate's Light: Kate Walker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse

Kate’s Light: Kate Walker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse by Elizabeth Spires; illus. by Emily Arnold McCully Primary, Intermediate    Ferguson/Holiday    40 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-8234-4348-2    $18.99 This thorough and visually evocative picture-book biography tells the story of Kate Walker (1848–1931), who became one of the first women to serve as an...

Review of Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield

Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield by Susan Goldman Rubin; illus. by Richie Pope Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-7636-7994-1    $17.99 Mary Seacole was raised by a Jamaican Creole mother who taught her herbal medicine and a Scottish soldier father whose stories inspired her to see the world....

Review of Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas by Sandra Neil Wallace; illus. by Rebecca Gibbon Primary    Wiseman/Simon    56 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-5344-3154-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3155-3    $10.99 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, journalist and fierce champion of Florida’s natural environment, spent her long life (1890–1998) advocating for the protection...

Review of The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe

The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe by Sandra Nickel; illus. by Aimée Sicuro Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    48 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-4197-3626-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-321-0    $15.54 Like many astronomers (think Edwin Hubble, for example), Vera Rubin (1928–2016) showed a youthful passion for this...

Review of The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation

The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation by Alice B. McGinty; illus. by Shonto Begay Primary, Intermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 3/21    978-0-525-64500-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-64501-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-64502-3    $10.99 In this illuminating story about a contemporary child’s experience with water insecurity,...

Review of Claudette Colvin and Harriet Tubman

Claudette Colvin [She Persisted] by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illus. by Gillian Flint Primary, Intermediate    Philomel    80 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-593-11583-1    $14.99 Paper ed.  978-0-593-11584-8    $5.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-11585-5    $5.99 Harriet Tubman [She Persisted] by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illus. by Gillian Flint Primary, Intermediate    Philomel    80 pp.    g 1/21     978-0-593-11565-7     $14.99 Paper...

Review of The Lion Queens of India

The Lion Queens of India by Jan Reynolds Primary, Intermediate    Lee & Low    32 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-64379-051-0    $18.95 Gir Wildlife Sanctuary’s first female forest ranger and original “Lion Queen,” Rashila Vadher, narrates this compelling introduction to her life’s work. The sanctuary is home to more than five hundred Asiatic...

Review of The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee

The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee by Julie Leung; illus. by Julie Kwon Primary, Intermediate    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-7595-5495-5    $18.99 As a child, Hazel Ying Lee (1912–1944) pushed limits to be the best at everything — the fastest at footraces, the hardest hitter in handball, and,...

Review of Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier by Jim Ottaviani; illus. by Maris Wicks Middle School    First Second/Roaring Brook    168 pp. 2/20    978-1-62672-877-6    $19.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-76003-6    $12.99 At the attention-grabbing start of ­Ottaviani and Wicks’s second graphic ­collaboration (Primates, rev. 5/13), a series of panels shows a “famous astronaut” (gender...

Review of The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy

The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy by Kekla Magoon; illus. by Laura Freeman Primary, Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-06-291251-0    $17.99 “Thurgood would become the first to do a lot of things that a Black person had never done before.” When he attended Lincoln University,...

Review of Finding a Way Home: Mildred and Richard Loving and the Fight for Marriage Equality

Finding a Way Home: Mildred and Richard Loving and the Fight for Marriage Equality by Larry Dane Brimner Middle School, High School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills & Kane    112 pp.    g 11/20    978-1-62979-751-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63592-450-3    $11.99 Brimner (Twelve Days in May, rev. 1/17) presents another compelling story of civil...

Review of William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad

William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad by Don Tate; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Peachtree    40 pp.    g 11/20    978-1-56145-935-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68263-277-2    $8.99 Tate introduces readers to the African American abolitionist known as the Father of the Underground Railroad in this...

Review of She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm

She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm by Katheryn Russell-Brown; illus. by Eric Velasquez Primary, Intermediate    Lee & Low    40 pp.    g 8/20    978-1-62014-346-9    $19.95 “Unbought and Unbossed”: Shirley Chisholm’s 1968 campaign slogan, still relevant today. Russell-Brown (Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, rev. 11/14) engagingly presents...

Review of One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission

One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission by Katherine Johnson with Joylette Hylick and Katherine Moore; illus. by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow Primary    National Geographic Kids    48 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-4263-7193-6    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-4263-7194-3    $27.90 This picture-book biography isn’t just the story of NASA...

Review of This Is Your Time

This Is Your Time by Ruby Bridges Primary, Intermediate    Delacorte    64 pp.    g 11/20    978-0-593-37852-6    $15.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-37853-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-37854-0    $9.99 A letter of love and care from civil rights icon Ruby Bridges to twenty-first-century children marks the sixtieth anniversary of her integration of William Frantz Elementary...

Review of Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Floyd Cooper Primary, Intermediate    Carolrhoda    32 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-5415-8120-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7284-1738-7    $27.99 In 1921, over the course of sixteen hours, the Black community of Greenwood, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was all but destroyed, with most of its...

Review of R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul  by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Frank Morrison  Primary, Intermediate    Atheneum    48 pp.    g  8/20    978-1-5344-5228-2    $18.99  e-book ed.  978-1-5344-5229-9    $10.99  This impressionistic picture-book biography of Aretha Franklin (1942–2018) consists of a series of rhyming couplets following the iconic singer through her life. Weatherford employs a...

Review of The Cat Man of Aleppo

The Cat Man of Aleppo  by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha; illus. by Yuko Shimizu Primary, Intermediate    Putnam    32 pp.    g  4/20    978-1-9848-1378-7    $17.99  In 2012, civil war comes to Aleppo, then the largest city in Syria. ­Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel is an ambulance driver who remains behind while many of his neighbors...

Review of Try It!: How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat

Try It!: How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat by Mara Rockliff; illus. by Giselle Potter Primary, Intermediate    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-5344-6007-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-6008-9    $10.99 Go to a market today, and the range of foods is amazing. Thank produce pioneer Frieda Caplan for that....

Review of One Real American: They Life of Ely S. Parker, Seneca Sachem and Civil War General

One Real American: The Life of Ely S. Parker, Seneca Sachem and Civil War General by Joseph Bruchac Middle School    Abrams    248 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-4197-4657-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-163-6    $15.54 Ely (“pronounced, he always said, to rhyme with freely”) Samuel Parker was “a man who more than any other...

Review of Mexique: A Refugee Story from the Spanish Civil War

Mexique: A Refugee Story from the Spanish Civil War by María José Ferrada; illus. by Ana Penyas; trans. from Spanish by Elisa Amado Primary, Intermediate    Eerdmans    40 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-8028-5545-9    $17.99 In the spring of 1937, the ship Mexique sailed from France to Mexico with 456 Spanish refugees, all...

Review of The Big One: The Cascadia Earthquakes and the Science of Saving Lives

The Big One: The Cascadia Earthquakes and the Science of Saving Lives [Scientists in the Field] by Elizabeth Rusch Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    80 pp.    g 8/20    978-0-544-88904-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-33579-5    $9.99 Off the Pacific Northwest coast, running about six hundred miles from British Columbia to Northern California, lies...

Review of Plasticus Maritimus: An Invasive Species

Plasticus Maritimus: An Invasive Species by Ana Pêgo and Isabel Minhós Martins; illus. by Bernardo P. Carvalho; trans. from Portuguese by Jane Springer Intermediate, Middle School    Greystone Kids    176 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-77164-643-7    $19.95 e-book ed.  978-1-77164-644-4    $9.99 Pêgo, a marine biologist, warns of the impact of “invasive” plastics on...

Review of Mammoth Science: The Big Ideas That Explain Our World

Mammoth Science: The Big Ideas That Explain Our World by David Macaulay; illus. by the author Intermediate    DK    160 pp.    g 8/20    978-1-4654-9146-6    $19.99 A unique and amusing encyclopedia of general scientific topics from master draftsman Macaulay, geared to a slightly younger audience than the author’s The Way Things Work...

Review of Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math

Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math by Jeannine Atkins Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    320 pp.    g 8/20    978-1-5344-6068-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-6070-6    $10.99 Atkins’s (Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science, rev. 7/16) latest collective biography in verse spotlights seven “women who used math to frame and solve problems, fix...

Review of The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival

The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess with Laura L. Sullivan High School    Bloomsbury    384 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-5476-0453-1    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0455-5    $13.99 This suspenseful memoir, set between 1992 and 1998, opens just before the author’s northwestern Bosnian town of...

Review of My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World

My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World by Rebecca Bond; illus. by Salley Mavor Preschool    Houghton    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-544-94906-5    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-35905-0    $13.99 “My bed rocks on the water. / My bed sways in the breeze. / My bed’s beneath a curtain. / My...

Review of Chance: Escape from the Holocaust

Chance: Escape from the Holocaust by Uri Shulevitz; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Farrar    336 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-374-31371-5    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-31370-8    $9.99 Shulevitz was just four when the Nazis invaded Poland in September of 1939, forcing his family members to flee their homeland. Thus began nearly...

Review of Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball by Jen Bryant; illus. by Frank Morrison Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    40 pp.    g 10/20   978-1-4197-4108-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-161-2    $15.54 “Things can change in time.” For NBA great Elgin Baylor, named for his father’s favorite wristwatch, the segregated parks, playgrounds, schools, and...

Review of You Poop Here

You Poop Here by Paul Meisel; illus. by the author Preschool    Holiday    32 pp.    g 11/20    978-0-8234-4601-8    $17.99 A parade of animals pooping in their natural habitats leads to human toddlers proudly sitting on the potty. No, this isn’t a rehash of Taro Gomi’s classic Everyone Poops (1993), though the...

Review of How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure

How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure by John Rocco; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Crown    264 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-525-64741-6    $29.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-64742-3    $32.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-64743-0    $17.99 In seven parts arranged chronologically, Rocco delivers...

Review of Night Walk to the Sea

Night Walk to the Sea: A Story About Rachel Carson, Earth's Protector by Deborah Wiles; illus. by Daniel Miyares Primary   Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-5247-0147-5    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-0148-2    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-0149-9    $10.99 A boy shouts, stomps, and plays monsters to hide his fear of a...

Review of Your Place in the Universe

Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-8234-4623-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4878-4    $11.99 The relative sizes of objects can be endlessly fascinating to curious young minds. How many books tall is an eight-year-old? How many eight-year-olds standing on...

Review of Apple: Skin to the Core

Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Levine Querido   352 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-64614-013-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64614-004-6    $18.99 Gansworth, an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, grew up on the Tuscarora reservation, making him always “the outsider inside.” The theme...

Review of I Heard a Sound

I Heard a Sound by David J. Ward; illus. by Eric Comstock Primary    Holiday    40 pp.    g 7/20    978-0-8234-3704-7    $18.99 Bright, eye-catching digital illustrations provide the first signs of a stimulating adventure. Ward delivers on this promise but also offers a solid and informative introduction to one of the five...

Review of Sound: Shhh...Bang...POP...BOOM!

Sound: Shhh…Bang…POP…BOOM! by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv; illus. by the authors; trans. from Ukrainian by Vitaly Chernetsky Primary    Handprint/Chronicle    64 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-4521-7978-0    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7972-0271-6    $13.99 With a color scheme featuring bright pink, teal blue, lemon yellow, and pops of orange, this attention-grabbing informational book starts...

Review of Marie's Ocean: Marie Tharp Maps the Mountains Under the Sea

Marie’s Ocean: Marie Tharp Maps the Mountains Under the Sea by Josie James; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Ottaviano/Holt    48 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-250-21473-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-80619-2    $9.99 This picture-book biography of geologist and oceanographic cartographer Marie Tharp (1920–2006), who revolutionized the world’s understanding of the ocean’s floor,...

Review of All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    288 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-5362-0945-7    $24.99 An author of picture books, easy readers, and middle-grade novels, Soontornvat (A Wish in the Dark, rev. 5/20) here presents a compelling work of nonfiction....

Review of How Women Won the Vote: Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea

How Women Won the Vote: Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea by Susan Campbell Bartoletti; illus. by Ziyue Chen Primary, Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    80 pp.    g 5/20    978-0-06-284130-8    $18.99 This well-sourced account of the fight for American women’s suffrage begins in 1909 at a protest march in London. It...

Review of Democracy for Dinosaurs: A Guide for Young Citizens

Democracy for Dinosaurs: A Guide for Young Citizens by Laurie Krasny Brown; illus. by Marc Brown Primary    Little, Brown    32 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-316-53452-9    $17.99 Sharing, fairness, choice, respect, ­truthfulness — most young people are well acquainted with these concepts; the Browns (Dinosaurs Divorce; Dinosaurs Go Green!; and many others)...

Review of Feel the Fog

Feel the Fog by April Pulley Sayre; photos by the author Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-5344-3760-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3761-6    $10.99 Immersive photographs (most taken by the author) pull viewers into the experience of a foggy day in Sayre’s latest weather-focused title (Raindrops Roll and others)....

Review of Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Veronica Chambers and members of the staff of the New York Times; illus. by various artists Intermediate, Middle School    Versify/Houghton    144 pp.    g 8/20    978-0-358-40830-7    $18.99    e-book ed....

Review of Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper

Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper by Candace Fleming; illus. by Julie Downing Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    48 pp.    g 8/20    978-0-8234-4318-5    $18.99 “Helen and Fred Martini longed for a baby,” begins this engaging picture-book biography. Fred spends his days working at the...

Review of Stay Curious!: A Brief History of Stephen Hawking

Stay Curious!: A Brief History of Stephen Hawking by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer; illus. by Boris Kulikov Primary, Intermediate    Crown    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-399-55028-7    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55029-4    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55030-0    $10.99 Physicist Stephen Hawking (1942–2018) was brilliant and iconoclastic from the get-go: as a child, he...

Review of The House by the Lake

The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding; illus. by Britta Teckentrup Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick Studio    48 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-53621-274-7    $17.99 The titular dwelling was the weekend home of Harding’s great-grandparents in Germany, built by his great-grandfather nearly a century ago. Readers experience the peace and idyll of the...

Review of Packs

Packs: Strength in Numbers by Hannah Salyer; illus. by the author Primary    Houghton    48 pp. 1/20    978-1-328-57788-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-16695-5    $12.99 For some animal species, there are evolutionary advantages to social groupings. “Packs, herds, huddles, and pods. Together, we are better.” Salyer introduces young readers to many of the...

Review of Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne Middle School, High School    Viking    176 pp.    g 4/20    978-0-45148-154-2    $19.99 In her preface, “Not the History You Learned in School,” Dionne sets the historical scene with the 2016 presidential campaign. Having...

Review of The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth

The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson Intermediate, Middle School    Crown    128 pp.    g 8/20    978-0-593-12161-0    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-12162-7    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-12163-4    $9.99 In the African American community, parents and caregivers engage their children in conversations aimed at helping...

Review of Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis

Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis by K. R. Gaddy Middle School, High School    Dutton    294 pp.    g 1/20    978-0-5255-5541-4    $18.99 The Edelweiss Pirates were groups of German youth who protested the Nazi regime through actions ranging from simple mischief...

Review of Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

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Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade; illus. by Cozbi A. Cabrera Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    48 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-4197-3411-3    $17.99 Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000) grew up on the South Side of Chicago “with little money to spare,” but her childhood home was rich in volumes of...

Review of Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan, Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation

Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan, Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation by Candy J. Cooper with Marc Aronson Middle School, High School    Bloomsbury    243 pp.    g 5/20    978-1-5476-0232-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0233-9    $13.29 Imagine: a deadly health crisis hits and the government delays, makes light...

Review of How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion

How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion by Ashima Shiraishi; illus. by Yao Xiao Primary    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-5247-7327-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-7328-1    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-7329-8    $10.99 With a voice that’s distinctive, lyrical, and inspiring, teenage rock-climber Shiraishi...

Review of A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games

A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games by Lori Alexander; illus. by Allan Drummond Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    128 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-328-58079-5    $17.99 Before Dr. Ludwig Guttmann (1899–1980), there was no treatment for a broken spine; paraplegics were deemed incurable and usually died in a matter...

Review of The Fabled Life of Aesop

The Fabled Life of Aesop by Ian Lendler; illus. by Pamela Zagarenski Primary    Houghton    64 pp.    g 3/20    978-1-328-58552-3    $18.99 Lendler gives depth to a collection of Aesop’s fables by incorporating them into the story of their teller’s life. Working off what few facts scholars have pieced together from historical...

Review of Race Through the Skies: The Week the World Learned to Fly

Race Through the Skies: The Week the World Learned to Fly by Martin W. Sandler Middle School    Bloomsbury    185 pp.    g 7/20    978-1-5476-0344-2    $24.99 The rate of innovation during the first decade of flight is as astounding now as it must have been at the time. Sandler’s compelling look at...

Review of A Bowl Full of Peace: A True Story

A Bowl Full of Peace: A True Story by Caren Stelson; illus. by Akira Kusaka Intermediate, Middle School    Carolrhoda    40 pp.    g 8/20    978-1-5415-2148-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5415-8219-4    $18.95 Each evening Sachiko’s family gathers around their table in Nagasaki, Japan. Before the Second World War, Grandmother’s bowl is the centerpiece...

Review of You're Invited to a Moth Ball: A Nighttime Insect Celebration

You’re Invited to a Moth Ball: A Nighttime Insect Celebration by Loree Griffin Burns; photos by Ellen Harasimowicz Primary    Charlesbridge    40 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-58089-686-3    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-834-0    $9.99 With her latest book, Burns (Tracking Trash, rev. 3/07; The Hive Detectives, rev. 5/10) has earned the right to add...

Review of Ms. Gloria Steinem: A Life

Ms. Gloria Steinem: A Life by Winifred Conkling Middle School, High School    Feiwel    305 pp.    g 6/20    978-1-250-24457-4    $19.99 Conkling (Radioactive!, rev. 3/16; Votes for Women!, rev. 3/18) opens this insightful biography of the feminist icon with a close call. In 1956, when she was twenty-two, Steinem called off wedding...
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