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Review of Garvey’s Choice: The Graphic Novel

Garvey’s Choice: The Graphic Novel by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Theodore Taylor IIIIntermediate, Middle School    Wordsong/Astra    144 pp.6/23    9781662660023    $22.99Paper ed.  9781662660085    $12.99e-book ed.  9781662660092    $9.99“Why can’t he put those books down, play football or basketball?” Garvey’s father wants to turn him into an athlete, like his sister Angie, but...

Review of The Labors of Hercules Beal

The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. SchmidtIntermediate, Middle School    Clarion/HarperCollins    352 pp.5/23    9780358659631    $19.99e-book ed.  9780358659570    $10.99“It’s been a pretty lousy year and a half since the Accident, and the Universe owes me one.” Hercules Beal is still hurting from the loss of his parents two years before...

Review of School Trip

 School Trip by Jerry Craft; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    HarperAlley/Quill Tree/HarperCollins    256 pp. 4/23    9780062885548    $24.99 Paper ed.  9780062885531    $14.99 e-book ed.  9780062885555    $12.99 In his third graphic-novel outing (New Kid, rev. 1/19; Class Act, rev. 11/20), thirteen-year-old Jordan Banks no longer sees himself as the new...

Review of You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce!: The Storied Life of Folk Artist Elijah Pierce

You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce!: The Storied Life of Folk Artist Elijah Pierce by Chiquita Mullins Lee and Carmella Van Vleet; illus. by Jennifer Mack-Watkins Primary    Kokila/Penguin    40 pp. 1/23    9780593406502    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780593406519    $11.99 Elijah Pierce was a Black Mississippi folk artist born in 1892 in a log...

Field Notes: I Gave My Life to Books: A Journey Through the World of Children's Literature

Maurice Sendak once said, “As a child, I felt that books were holy objects, to be caressed, rapturously sniffed, and devotedly provided for. I gave my life to them.” That’s how I have always felt as a teacher and parent too. I began my teaching career in Newark, New Jersey,...

Review of A First Time for Everything

A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat; illus. by the authorMiddle School    First Second    320 pp.2/23    9781626724150    $22.99Paper ed.  978-1250851048    $14.99Santat, Caldecott winner for The Adventures of Beekle, shares his own adventures in this graphic memoir that focuses on a trip to Europe the summer before high school. He...

Review of Hands

Hands by Torrey MaldonadoIntermediate  Paulsen/Penguin  144 pp.1/23  9780593323793  $16.99e-book ed.  9780593323809    $9.99Twelve-year-old Trevor is a gifted comic-book artist, a good student, and a kind brother to his three sisters. But two years earlier, his stepdad was sent to prison for hitting Trevor’s mother, and Trevor fears what will happen when...

Review of The Switch

The Switch by Roland SmithIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    304 pp.11/22    9780545803502    $17.99On the morning of his thirteenth birthday, Henry Carter declines his father’s invitation to go with him to the zoo where he works. While Dad is gone, Henry notices something odd: “It was like a lightning strike without the...

Review of My Selma: True Stories of a Southern Childhood at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement

My Selma: True Stories of a Southern Childhood at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement by Willie Mae Brown Middle School    Farrar    240 pp. 1/23    9780374390235    $16.99 e-book ed.  9780374390242    $9.99 Brown, an artist and storyteller, grew up in Selma, Alabama, in the 1950s and 1960s. In her memoir...

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