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Review of Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon

Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon by Annette Bay Pimentel; illus. by Micha Archer Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-101-99668-3    $17.99 “Bobbi Gibb must wear a skirt to school because she is a girl. She is not allowed to run on the school’s track team. Because those are the rules — and […]

Listening to friends and family

These audiobooks, recommended for middle-grade and middle-school listeners, tell a variety of stories about contemporary kids and families in engaging and entertaining ways. Twelve-year-old Malú, star of Celia C. Pérez‘s The First Rule of Punk, is into punk rock and making zines. When her mother gets a teaching job in Chicago, Malú must reluctantly leave […]

Review of Hello Lighthouse

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g 4/18    978-0-316-36238-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-36237-5    $9.99 Blackall’s (Finding Winnie, rev. 9/15) picture book opens as a new keeper arrives to take up his solitary duties at a lighthouse “on the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge […]

Review of Vincent Comes Home

Vincent Comes Home by Jessixa Bagley and Aaron Bagley; illus. by the authors Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp. 2/18    978-1-62672-780-9    $17.99 Vincent the orange cat lives happily on a busy oceangoing cargo ship. In all his travels, he has never been ashore. But one day he hears the crew talking about “home” and starts to […]

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon; illus. by Lee White Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-101-93479-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-101-93480-7    $20.99 This ecologically friendly picture book opens quietly, but it soon pivots from its lulling beginning (“The man lived all alone in the creaky house on the tip-top of […]

Review of A Skinful of Shadows

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge Middle School, High School    Amulet/Abrams    415 pp. 10/17    978-1-4197-2572-2    $19.99 Hardinge’s (The Lie Tree, rev. 5/16) latest tour de force is set during the reign of King Charles I against the backdrop of the 1600s English Civil War and is, as unlikely as it sounds, something of a […]

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse

Last Friday, the team from the Guessing Geisel blog dropped by to discuss some 2017 picture books with possible crossover Geisel and Caldecott appeal. One of the titles was Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s Triangle. But today we’re here to discuss Barnett and Klassen’s other 2017 picture book, The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse […]

Review of The Librarian of Auschwitz

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe; trans. from the Spanish by Lilit Žekulin Thwaites High School    Godwin/Holt    424 pp. 10/17    978-1-62779-618-7    $19.99 January 1944: “In this life-destroying factory that is Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the ovens burn corpses day and night, Block 31 is atypical, an anomaly.” It’s where the children in camp BIIb, or the […]

Review of Ducks Away!

Ducks Away! by Mem Fox; illus. by Judy Horacek Preschool    Scholastic    32 pp.    g 1/18    978-1-338-18566-9    $16.99 Fox and Horacek (Where Is the Green Sheep?, rev. 5/04) team up again in this silly, cheerful counting book for the very youngest. When a mother duck waddles onto a bridge, she’s followed by her five ducklings — […]

Review of I Walk with Vanessa

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët; illus. by the author Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-5247-6955-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-6956-7    $20.99 In this wordless, emotion-infused story, brown-skinned newcomer Vanessa is bullied by a blond-haired white boy as she walks home alone from school. The […]