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Review of The Waiting Place: When Home Is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found

The Waiting Place: When Home Is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found by Dina Nayeri; photos by Anna Bosch MiralpeixIntermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    64 pp.    g5/22    978-1-5362-1362-1    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5362-1854-1    $18.99“When home is lost and a new one not yet found, children are sent to the Waiting Place.”...

Review of Tug: A Log Boom’s Journey

Tug: A Log Boom’s Journey by Scot Ritchie; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Groundwood    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-77306-177-1    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-77306-430-7    $16.99A child and father spend the day together on a tugboat, guiding a log boom to a Vancouver sawmill. After the boom (“a collection of floating logs”) is assembled,...

Review of This Last Adventure

This Last Adventure by Ryan DaltonIntermediate, Middle School    Carolrhoda    304 pp.    g2/22    978-1-5415-9928-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-7284-5122-0    $9.99Thirteen-year-old Archie Reese and his grandfather have a morning routine, always “the same conversation, to get the day started right.” But one morning, Grandpa doesn’t recognize Archie. After Grandpa is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,...

Review of Alice Waters Cooks Up a Food Revolution

Alice Waters Cooks Up a Food Revolution by Diane Stanley; illus. by Jessie HartlandPrimary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp.    g1/22    978-1-5344-6140-6    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-6141-3    $10.99Through Chez Panisse, her renowned Berkeley, California, restaurant (which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2021), chef Alice Waters began a “food revolution [that] changed the way people everywhere—from...

Review of All-Star: How Larry Doby Smashed the Color Barrier in Baseball

All-Star: How Larry Doby Smashed the Color Barrier in Baseball by Audrey Vernick; illus. by Cannaday ChapmanPrimary    Clarion/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g1/22    978-1-328-48297-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-46820-2    $12.99In 1947, eleven and a half weeks after Jackie Robinson became the first Black player in Major League Baseball, Larry Doby became the second, and...

Review of In Honor of Broken Things

In Honor of Broken Things by Paul AcamporaMiddle School    Dial    208 pp.    g3/22    978-1-9848-1664-1    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-9848-1665-8    $10.99Navigating the chaos and social groups of adolescent life can be difficult; in this novel, three friends help one another despite feeling “broken” themselves. Fourteen-year-old Oscar, football star at West Beacon Junior/Senior High...

Review of Falling Short

Falling Short by Ernesto CisnerosIntermediate, Middle School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    304 pp.    g3/22    978-0-06-288172-4    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-288174-8    $10.99The first day of sixth grade at Mendez Middle School is coming up, and Isaac Castillo’s Amá expects him to become “más responsable”: “no more forgetting my lunch, no more missing homework, no more...

Review of Worser

Worser by Jennifer ZieglerMiddle School    Ferguson/Holiday    256 pp.    g3/22    978-0-8234-4956-9    $17.99e-book ed. 978-0-8234-5283-5    $10.99When his (widowed) mother, a professor of rhetoric, has a stroke and can no longer speak, social misfit ­twelve-year-old William Wyatt Orser, nicknamed Worser, feels “utterly alone. Cold. Helpless.” Obsessed with words, the boy carries in his...

Field Notes: Teaching Flying Lessons & Other Stories

In a foreword to the paperback edition of the groundbreaking anthology Flying Lessons & Other Stories — edited by Ellen Oh, first published in 2017 in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, and dedicated to the late Walter Dean Myers — Christopher Myers writes, “Imagine…this book you are holding, Flying...

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