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Review of The Night Raven

The Night Raven [Moonwind Mysteries]by Johan Rundberg; trans. from Swedish by A. A. PrimeIntermediate, Middle School    Amazon Crossing Kids    192 pp.11/23    9781662509582    $17.99Paper ed.  9781662509599    $9.99This English translation of Rundberg’s lively historical mystery, set in 1880 and winner of several prestigious prizes in its native Sweden, is something to celebrate....
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Review of A Season Most Unfair

A Season Most Unfair by J. Anderson CoatsIntermediate    Atheneum    288 pp.6/23    9781665912358    $17.99e-book ed.  9781665912372    $10.99In this bright, engaging tale set in medieval England, Coats lightly interweaves medieval craft and culture with deeper questions about work, value, and getting around the status quo. Tick has long helped her father make...

Review of Arthur, the Always King

Arthur, the Always King by Kevin Crossley-Holland; illus. by Chris RiddellIntermediate, Middle School    Candlewick Studio    240 pp.4/23    9781536212655    $29.99Crossley-Holland (the Arthur Trilogy, including The Seeing Stone, rev. 11/01) presents a retelling of several Arthurian stories and parts of Thomas Malory’s sweeping Morte d’Arthur. He has shaped his work “to tell...

Review of The Notorious Scarlett and Browne

The Notorious Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud Middle School, High School    Knopf    432 pp. 4/23    9780593430408    $17.99 Library ed.  9780593430415    $20.99 e-book ed.  9780593430422    $10.99 “Scarlett’s senses crackled with anticipation,” Stroud writes in the second book (following The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, rev. 1/22) in this fantasy series full...
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Review of The Worlds We Leave Behind

The Worlds We Leave Behind by A. F. Harrold; illus. by Levi PinfoldIntermediate, Middle School    Bloomsbury    256 pp.2/23    9781547610952    $17.99e-book ed.  9781547610969    $12.59Beginning deceptively blandly, this tale soon slips into the uneasiness of horror and brain-teasing mystification. Best friends Hex and Tommo head to the woods to play on the...

Review of Stateless

Stateless by Elizabeth WeinMiddle School, High School    Little, Brown    400 pp.3/23  9780316591249    $18.99e-book ed.  9780316591256    $10.99Wein’s compulsively readable murder mystery/thriller/romance takes place in Europe in 1937. An airplane race for young aviators has been arranged as an effort to promote peace under the shadow of Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco. Seventeen-year-old...
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Review of Sisters of the Lost Marsh

Sisters of the Lost Marsh by Lucy StrangeIntermediate, Middle School    Chicken House/Scholastic    304 pp.1/23    9781338686463    $18.99Because of a (fictional) traditional rhyme that claims—or threatens—six motherless sisters’ destinies according to birth order, their violent, often-drunk Dadder trades the beautiful eldest, Grace, as wife in exchange for a horse. When Grace escapes...
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Review of Wolfish

Wolfish by Christiane M. AndrewsIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    416 pp.11/22    9780316496063    $16.99e-book ed.  9780316496070    $9.99A boy, born eleventh in line to the crown, finds himself to be first after a series of mysterious and unlikely accidents—and then he becomes king. Alba, an oracle’s apprentice, is stricken by the way...
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Review of Buffalo Flats

Buffalo Flats by Martine LeavittMiddle School, High School    Ferguson/Holiday    240 pp.4/23    9780823443420    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823443758    $9.99Based on family history, Leavitt’s coming-of-age story is set in an 1890s Mormon settler community in Southern Alberta, Canada, at the eastern edges of the Rockies, and focuses on seventeen-year-old Rebecca. In an opening both...
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