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Review of Venom & Vow

Venom & Vow by Anna-Marie McLemore and Elliott McLemoreMiddle School, High School    Feiwel    336 pp.5/23    9781250822239    $19.99e-book ed.  9781250822222    $11.99Gael, a highly trained assassin, is the male alter ego of Valencia, companion to the ruler of Eliana. Cade is the half-brother of the ruler of Adare, in a war against...

Review of Unraveller

Unraveller by Frances HardingeMiddle School, High School    Amulet/Abrams    432 pp.1/23    9781509836970    $19.99e-book ed.  9781647005627    $15.54In a magical land where anger grows like an egg inside certain people until it bursts into a destructive curse, quick-tempered Kellen has a special talent: through persistent sleuthing and his own lively intuition, he can...

Review of The Carrefour Curse

The Carrefour Curse by Dianne K. SalerniIntermediate, Middle School    Holiday    224 pp.1/23    9780823452675    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455027    $10.99This spooky, dark, and utterly delicious tale begins with a bang: protagonist Garnet is vomiting up frogs, a pestilence that will ease only when she returns to Crossroad House, the house her mother grew...

Review of The Girl from Earth’s End

The Girl from Earth’s End by Tara DairmanIntermediate    Candlewick    384 pp.3/23    9781536224801    $18.99Raised by her two papas on a remote island (the setting is loosely based on the Azores), Henna has a gift for plants, so when she learns her papa Niall has incurable cancer, she vows to save him...

Review of Wild Bird

Wild Bird by Diane ZahlerIntermediate    Roaring Brook    320 pp.3/23    9781250833402    $18.99e-book ed.  9781250833396    $10.99Rescued by an English sea captain and his son, Owen, after everyone in her medieval Norwegian village dies of the Black Death, Rype nurses the sailors when “the Sickness” comes to their ship as well. Sadly, Owen’s...

Review of Mwikali and the Forbidden Mask

Mwikali and the Forbidden Mask [Intasimi Warriors]by Shiko NguruIntermediate    Lantana    228 pp.10/22    9781913747930    $17.99Mwikali is nervous about her first day of school in ­Nairobi—at her old school in Chicago, her friend’s appendix burst after she drew a picture of it, and she was labeled a freak. But in Kenya things...

Review of Ride On

Ride On by Faith Erin Hicks ; illus. by the author; color by Kelly Fitzpatrick Middle School     First Second    224 pp.         g8/22     978-1-250-77281-7     $22.99Paper ed.  978-1-250-77282-4    $14.99 In this vivacious graphic novel by the author/illustrator of One Year at Ellsmere (rev. 7/20), horse-mad Norrie mistrusts...

Review of Ghostcloud

Ghostcloud by Michael Mann Intermediate    Peachtree    320 pp.         g9/22     978-1-68263-518-6     $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68263-519-3    $10.99 In a post-apocalyptic alternate London, twelve-year-old Luke Smith-Sharma is one of the kidnapped children enslaved as a coal shoveler under the Battersea Power Station. When Luke and new-girl Jess accidentally drop coal...

Review of Sparrows in the Wind

Sparrows in the Wind by Gail Carson Levine Middle School, High School     Quill Tree/HarperCollins    352 pp.         g10/22     978-0-06-303907-0     $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-303909-4    $10.99 Pleased with Cassandra’s offering, Apollo gives her the gift of prophecy, but when she turns down his sexual advances, he curses her so...

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