Amanda R. Toledo

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Review of The Lumbering Giants of Windy Pines

The Lumbering Giants of Windy Pines by Mo NetzIntermediate, Middle School    Clarion/HarperCollins    208 pp.3/24    9780063266537    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063266551    $10.99After the death of her father and the subsequent loss of their house, Jerry (almost twelve) and her mom drift from small town to small town, her mom finding work in motels...

Review of So Let Them Burn

So Let Them Burn [Divine Traitors]by Kamilah ColeHigh School    Little, Brown    400 pp.1/24    9780316534635    $19.99e-book ed.  9780316534840    $12.99Seventeen-year-old Faron is the Childe Empyrean, blessed five years ago to wield the power of her island’s gods. Now that San Irie’s war against the colonizing Langlish and their dragons is won, Faron...

Review of Mani Semilla Finds Her Quetzal Voice

Mani Semilla Finds Her Quetzal Voice by Anna LaperaMiddle School    Levine/Levine Querido    336 pp.3/24    9781646143719    $18.99Boys at seventh grader Mani’s school have been assaulting girls in the “grope-’n’-go” social media challenge, and school administrators dismiss the boys’ behavior. Overwhelmed with emotion in reaction to the situation at school, Mani can...

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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