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Review of Akim Aliu: Dreamer

Akim Aliu: Dreamer by Akim Aliu with Greg Anderson Elysée; illus. by Karen De la Vega and Marcus Williams Middle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    128 pp. 2/23    9781338787610    $24.99 Paper ed.  9781338787603    $14.99 Former NHL player Aliu made headlines in 2020 when he shared stories of the racism and hazing...

Review of Hoops

Hoops by Matt Tavares; illus. by the authorMiddle School    Candlewick    224 pp.3/23    9781536201369    $22.99Tavares’s first graphic novel is based on the true story of Judi Warren and the 1976 Warsaw (Indiana) High School girls’ basketball team—its rise from nonexistence before Title IX, to filling the bleachers, to winning the state...

Review of The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams

The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams by Daniel Nayeri; illus. by Daniel MiyaresIntermediate, Middle School    Levine Querido    224 pp.3/23    9781646143030    $21.99Along the medieval Silk Road, a boy is cast out from the temple and nearly stoned to death by monks. He is purchased as a servant by...

Review of Frances and the Monster

Frances and the Monster by Refe TumaIntermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    352 pp.8/22    9780063085787    $17.99e-book ed.  9780063085787    $11.99Ever since a car accident seven years earlier, Frances has not left the old mansion where she lives with her scientist parents, Victor and Mary. While attending a conference, they leave Frances in the care of...

Review of The Honeys

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala High School     PUSH/Scholastic    352 pp.     g 8/22     978-1-338-74531-3     $18.99 Aspen is an exclusive Catskills summer camp, ruled by elitism, segregated by gender, and rife with long-entrenched sexism and homophobia. Returning to Aspen after a traumatic exit years before is Mars,...

Review of Alone Out Here

Alone Out Here by Riley RedgateHigh School    Hyperion    400 pp.   g4/22    978-1-368-06472-9    $18.99In the near future, scientists predict a volcanic eruption that will render Earth unlivable. The global plan to launch generation ships is fraught with political and technical failure; fifty-three teenagers alone leave Earth on the one viable...

Review of Lakelore

Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemoreHigh School    Feiwel    304 pp.    g3/22    978-1-250-62414-7    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-62415-4    $10.99Two teens—both brown, trans, and neurodivergent—reunite years after a chance meeting and find themselves bound together by their most personal experiences and by the magic of a local lake. Bastián copes with ADHD and the next step...

Review of Bitter

Bitter by Akwaeke EmeziHigh School    Knopf    272 pp.    g2/22    978-0-593-30903-2    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-593-30904-9    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-30905-6    $10.99In this prequel to Pet (rev. 11/19), teenage Bitter (the mother of that book’s protagonist) agonizes, from the safety of her arts boarding school, over whether her art and survival are morally sufficient answers...

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