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Review of Ferris

Ferris by Kate DiCamilloIntermediate    Candlewick    240 pp.3/24    9781536231052    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536237375    $18.99Returning to her literary roots in Florida (see: Because of Winn-Dixie, rev. 7/00; Raymie Nightingale, rev. 3/16), DiCamillo again explores bonds of family, friends, and community. Ferris Winkey finds the summer before fifth grade a puzzling one. Much turbulence...

Review of I Was: The Stories of Animal Skulls

I Was: The Stories of Animal Skulls by Katherine Hocker; illus. by Natasha DonovanPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.4/24    9781536223132    $18.99Hocker reminds readers that there is more to nature than a casual glance affords. When a group of child and adult hikers discovers an animal skull, they are prompted to consider what...

Review of You and the Bowerbird

You and the Bowerbird by Maria Gianferrari; illus. by Maris WicksPrimary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.8/23    9781250849878    $19.99e-book ed.  9781250347398    $11.99Perched in a treehouse on the border of an Australian rainforest, a young child (“you”) keeps a journal chronicling the activities of a busy male satin bowerbird. The child first observes...

Review of I Ship: A Container Ship’s Colossal Journey

I Ship: A Container Ship’s Colossal Journey by Kelly Rice Schmitt; illus. by Jam DongPreschool, Primary    Millbrook/Lerner    40 pp.10/23    9781728476827    $19.99Readers follow every step of the (fictional) container ship Carolina, which is carrying freight from a port in Asia to delivery in the Netherlands. Carolina acts as narrator, initially providing...

Review of The Bone Wars: The True Story of an Epic Battle to Find Dinosaur Fossils

The Bone Wars: The True Story of an Epic Battle to Find Dinosaur Fossils by Jane Kurtz; illus. by Alexander VidalPrimary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.11/23    9781534493643    $18.99e-book ed.  9781534493650    $10.99Approximately one hundred fifty years ago, and sixty-five million years after the dinosaurs’ extinction, scientists discovered fossil treasure troves of bone...

Review of What Music!: The Fifty-Year Friendship Between Beethoven and Nannette Streicher, Who Built His Pianos

What Music!: The Fifty-Year Friendship Between Beethoven and Nannette Streicher, Who Built His Pianos by Laurie Lawlor; illus. by Becca StadtlanderPrimary, Intermediate    Holiday    40 pp.10/23    9780823451432    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457397    $11.99Streicher and Beethoven met as teenagers when he visited her father, Johann Andreas Stein, “the celebrated piano innovator.” Their friendship endured...

Review of Fungi Grow

Fungi Grow by Maria Gianferrari; illus. by Diana SudykaPrimary    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.10/23    9781665903653    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665903660    $10.99The partnership of an action-oriented text and vibrant watercolor illustrations creates an enthusiastic introduction to the growth and effects (both positive and negative) of various forms of fungi. Gianferrari explains that fungi spores...

Review of Great Carrier Reef

Great Carrier Reef [Books for a Better Earth]by Jessica Stremer; illus. by Gordy WrightPrimary    Holiday    40 pp.7/23    9780823452682    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455256    $11.99In 1976, after approximately twenty-five years of service, the massive aircraft carrier USS Oriskany was decommissioned. Rather than being sold or relegated to retirement, “chained to a pier. Rusted,...

Review of The Hurricane Girls

The Hurricane Girls by Kimberly Willis HoltIntermediate, Middle School    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    288 pp.8/23    9780316326094    $16.99e-book ed.  9780316326285    $9.99During their first year attending middle school in New Orleans, Greer, Joya Mia, and Kiki become inseparable friends when they collaborate on a project interviewing neighbors and family members about the impact of...

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