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Review of The Beatryce Prophecy

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by Sophie Blackall Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    256 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-5362-1361-4    $19.99 As this rich and absorbing novel opens, Brother Edik finds a sick girl in the barn of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing, curled up with the “demon goat”...

Yes & No

In my previous post about Matthew Cordell’s Bear Island, I noted that I had been on the 2018 Caldecott Committee, which picked Cordell's Wolf in the Snow as our medal winner. Now I’m looking at Elisha Cooper’s new book, Yes & No, and his Big Cat, Little Cat was one of our honor...

Bear Island

When I was on the 2018 Caldecott committee, we chose Matthew Cordell’s Wolf in the Snow. In preparing for our deliberations, we read and re-read the book. Sounds funny to say that, when there are hardly any words in it, and the ones that are there are sound effects: “bark! bark! bark!” and...

Review of Fast Pitch

Fast Pitch by Nic Stone Intermediate, Middle School    Crown    192 pp.    g 8/21    978-1-9848-9301-7    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-9848-9302-4    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-9303-1    $10.99 Softball is in Shenice “Lightning” Lockwood’s blood. The twelve-year-old catcher plays for the Fulton Firebirds, the first all-Black team in the league and the only team in...

Review of In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years After the 9/11 Attacks

In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks by Don Brown; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Etch/Houghton   128 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-358-22357-3    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-21240-9    $14.99 Brown’s America Is Under Attack (rev. 11/11) offered...

Review of Baseball's Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues

Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues by Andrea Williams Middle School    Roaring Brook    336 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-250-62372-0    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-62373-7    $10.99 September 1946. Effa Manley is in the stands of New York City’s Polo Grounds to watch a Negro World...

Review of Notes from a Young Black Chef: Adapted for Young Adults

Notes from a Young Black Chef: Adapted for Young Adults by Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein Middle School, High School    Delacorte    288 pp.    g 4/21    978-0-593-17600-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-17601-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-17602-3    $10.99 When chef Kwame Onwuachi opened his high-end (if ultimately ill-fated) restaurant Shaw Bijou atop...

Review of Billy Miller Makes a Wish

Billy Miller Makes a Wish by Kevin Henkes Primary, Intermediate    Greenwillow    192 pp.    g 4/21    978-0-06-304279-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-304281-0    $8.99 When Billy Miller fell on his head at the beginning of The Year of Billy Miller (rev. 9/13), he worried about forgetting things and whether he was smart enough...

Review of Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld; illus. by Matt Tavares Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-5362-0148-2    $17.99 “In life we were our mothers’ sons. / In death we are faded photos on the mantel, / empty chairs at Thanksgiving, / prayers in...
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