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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 The Sea Knows My Name

The Sea Knows My Name by Laura Brooke Robson High School     Penguin    272 pp.         g6/22     978-0-525-55406-6     $18.99 This intriguing novel about pirate queen Clementine and her daughter Thea begins by toggling between “then” and “now”—in Clementine’s girlhood, when she isn’t allowed to explore her scientific...

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...

Review of Goblin Market

Goblin Market by Diane ZahlerIntermediate     Holiday    256 pp.   g8/22    978-0-8234-5081-7    $17.99e-book ed. 978-0-8234-5292-7    $10.99Lizzie “sees” sounds as colors and is sensitive to direct eye contact and being touched; her older sister, Minka, looks out for her and paints the colors Lizzie describes. One day Minka comes home from the...

Review of Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit

Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit by Jesse Q SutantoIntermediate, Middle School     Feiwel    320 pp.   g5/22    978-1-250-79428-4    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-79430-7    $9.99Theo Tan is more into gaming than studying his Chinese heritage and learning to access his qi—that’s his older brother Jamie’s thing. But after Jamie pulls Theo aside one...

Review of We Are the Song

We Are the Song by Catherine BakewellIntermediate, Middle School    Holiday    304 pp.   g5/22    978-0-8234-4889-0    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5285-9    $11.99Twelve-year-old Elissa is a Singer, one of the few whose voice can channel the power of the goddess Caé and make miracles happen for her people. Lucio, seventeen, is her Composer, responsible...

Review of The School for Whatnots

The School for Whatnots by Margaret Peterson HaddixIntermediate    Tegen/HarperCollins    304 pp.  g3/22    978-0-06-283849-0    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-283851-3    $10.99Wealthy Mrs. Sterling is determined that her son Maximilian grow up unspoiled, with friends who aren’t interested only in his money. So she makes sure that (unbeknownst to him) his childhood companions are all...

Review of The Mirrorwood

The Mirrorwood by Deva FaganIntermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    304 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5344-9714-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9716-0    $10.99Born outside the Mirrorwood, a place full of magic surrounded by an impenetrable thorn thicket (not the only fairy-tale allusion here), protagonist Fable tries to hide her “twist”: cursed to have no face of her...

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