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Review of Sheine Lende: A Prequel to Elatsoe

Sheine Lende: A Prequel to Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger; illus. by Rovina CaiMiddle School, High School    Levine/Levine Querido    400 pp.4/24    9781646143795    $19.99Cryptids and Fae abound in the slightly off-kilter version of 1970s Texas that serves as the setting for this prequel to Elatsoe (rev. 9/20). Seventeen-year-old Shane and her...

Review of The Deadly Daylight

The Deadly Daylight by Ash HarrierIntermediate, Middle School    Holiday    272 pp.3/24    9780823455621    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457618    $11.99Twelve-year-old Alice enjoys helping her father prepare bodies for viewings at the Tranquility Funeral Home, and she intends to take over the business when she’s grown, even if the kids at school call her “Alice...

Review of A Game of Noctis

A Game of Noctis by Deva FaganIntermediate    Atheneum    320 pp.4/24    9781665930192    $17.99e-book ed.  9781665930215    $10.99Ever since the plague three centuries ago, during which the Prince of Dantessa challenged Lady Death to a game of noctis for the lives of her people, inhabitants of the tiny magical island compete for wealth...

Review of Infinity Alchemist

Infinity Alchemist by Kacen CallenderHigh School    Tor Teen    400 pp.2/24    9781250890252    $19.99e-book ed.  9781250890269    $11.99Ash Woods is an unlicensed alchemist, a groundskeeper at a college that will employ him but not admit him to study and train to practice alchemy openly and legally. When Ramsay Thorne, a graduate apprentice, catches...

Review of Super Swifts: Small Birds with Amazing Powers

Super Swifts: Small Birds with Amazing Powers by Justin Anderson; illus. by Clover RobinPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.5/24    9781536231489    $18.99In this accessible science picture book, a common swift flies from Africa to Europe in order to nest and reproduce in the summer. The two-tiered narrative (larger print tells a streamlined...

Review of If You Want to Ride a Horse

If You Want to Ride a Horse by Amy Novesky; illus. by Gael AbaryPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/24    9780823456956    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457564    $11.99“If you want to ride a horse,” the narrator assures the reader, “all you have to do is close your eyes.” There follows a tour (in the imagination)...

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...

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