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Review of Looking for Peppermint, or, Life in the Forest

Looking for Peppermint, or, Life in the Forest by Maxwell Eaton III; illus. by the authorPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.2/24    9780823452088    $18.99From a red cabin in a forest, the young protagonist calls for her dog. “Peppermint! Where is that pesky pup? I’m going out to look for Peppermint! You come too.”...

Review of Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans

Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans by Isi HendrixIntermediate    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    352 pp.9/23    9780063266339    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063266353    $10.99When twelve-year-old Adia Kelbara is placed as an apprentice cook at the Academy of Shamans for her “year of practicality,” her exploitative aunt and uncle try to forbid her from leaving...

Review of Like a Charm

Like a Charm by Elle McNicollIntermediate    Random    320 pp.10/23    9780593649138    $17.99Library ed.  9780593649145    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593649152    $10.99In the aftermath of her estranged grandfather’s death, Rayma is bequeathed a mysterious book and the cryptic message “Beware the Sirens.” She subsequently discovers she has the ability to see through Glamours (“a magical...

Review of The Spirit Bares Its Teeth

The Spirit Bares Its Teeth by Andrew Joseph WhiteHigh School    Peachtree Teen    400 pp.9/23    9781682636114    $19.99e-book ed.  9781682636183    $11.99Alienated from his alternate Victorian London’s society by behaviors and sensitivities common to people with autism, Silas is nonetheless valued for his eyes. Their violet color allows the possessor to reach through...

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 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 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 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...

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