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Review of Me and Muhammad Ali

Me and Muhammad Ali by Jabari Asim; illus. by AG Ford Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-5247-3988-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-3989-8    $10.99 Young Langston is thrilled when he sees a flyer announcing that Muhammad Ali, “boxing champion of the world,” is coming to town for a...

Farmhouse

[Many Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-316-52894-8    $18.99 Blackall brings herself and her artistic process into this...
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Review of The Getaway

The Getaway by Lamar Giles High School     Scholastic    400 pp.         g9/22     978-1-338-75201-4     $19.99 Jay has lived for three years in Karloff Country, a Disney World–like resort in Virginia whose guests include the world’s super-wealthy. It’s billed as “The Funnest Place Around,” and it is, since...
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Review of Shot Clock

Shot Clock by Caron Butler and Justin A. Reynolds Intermediate, Middle School     Tegen/HarperCollins    304 pp.         g9/22     978-0-06-306959-6     $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-306961-9    $11.99 Narrator Tony Washington’s friend Dante Jones, the number-two-ranked high-school basketball player in the country, was shot and killed by the police on the kids’...
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Review of We Own the Sky

We Own the Sky by Rodman Philbrick Intermediate, Middle School     Scholastic    208 pp.         g9/22     978-1-338-73629-8     $18.99 Twelve-year-old Davy Michaud and his older sister Josephine face dim prospects in 1924 Biddeford, Maine, after their mother’s burial. A lung ailment caused by work in a cotton mill...

Review of Me and the Boss: A Story About Mending and Love

Me and the Boss: A Story About Mending and Love by Michelle Edwards; illus. by April Harrison Preschool, Primary    Schwartz/Random    40 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-593-31067-0    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-31068-7    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-31069-4    $10.99 Six-year-old Lee and his big sister Zora, a.k.a. “the boss,” take an embroidery class at the...

The World Belonged to Us

[Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson; illus. by Leo Espinosa Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-399-54549-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-54550-4    $10.99 Spanish ed. ...

Review of Oh, Sal

Oh, Sal by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Primary    Greenwillow    122 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-06-324492-4    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-324495-5    $10.99 This third, stand-alone installment of the Miller family saga (The Year of Billy Miller, rev. 9/13, and sequel) is told from four-year-old Sal’s point of view. It’s New Year’s...
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Review of What We Saw

What We Saw by Mary Downing Hahn Middle School     Clarion/HarperCollins    208 pp.         g9/22     978-0-358-41441-4     $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-73106-1    $9.99 “Pool. Mall. Library.” The summer after seventh grade was getting boring until Skylar persuades Abbi to do something different. The best friends ride bikes to the outskirts...
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