Amanda R. Toledo

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Review of The Fall of Whit Rivera

The Fall of Whit Rivera by Crystal MaldonadoHigh School    Holiday    320 pp.10/23    9780823452361    $19.99e-book ed.  9780823457250    $11.99It’s the beginning of Whit’s senior year, and after a summer spent in doctors’ offices instead of at the pool with her friends or video-chatting with her now-long-distance boyfriend, she is ready to get...

Review of Something like Home

Something like Home by Andrea Beatriz ArangoIntermediate, Middle School    Random    256 pp.9/23    9780593566183    $17.99Library ed.  9780593566190    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593566206    $10.99Spanish ed.  9781644738696    $14.95If only life were as straightforward as the Rubik’s Cube that Laura loves to solve. When this Virginia-set verse novel begins, the Puerto Rican sixth grader is on...

Review of Secret of the Moon Conch

Secret of the Moon Conch by David Bowles and Guadalupe García McCallHigh School    Bloomsbury    464 pp.6/23    9781547609895    $19.99e-book ed.  9781547609901    $13.99In 2019, the night before she plans to flee Mexico for the U.S. seeking safety and her father, Sitlali discovers a conch in ocean waves. Five centuries earlier, in 1521,...

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