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Review of By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name by Erin CotterMiddle School, High School    Simon    464 pp.10/23    9781665940719    $21.99e-book ed.  9781665940733    $10.99A fanciful treat set in the 1590s, Cotter’s debut novel takes us from London’s Rose Theatre to the court of Elizabeth I, onto the ship of famed pirate queen Gráinne Ní Mháille, and...

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....

Review of The Little Books of the Little Brontës

The Little Books of the Little Brontës by Sara O’Leary; illus. by Briony May SmithPrimary    Tundra    40 pp.10/23    9780735263697    $18.99e-book ed.  9780735263703    $10.99From its first words and images, this book about the young Brontës invites readers into the cozy home and companionship of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. It patently...

Review of Sail Me Away Home

Sail Me Away Home by Ann Clare LeZotteIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    304 pp.11/23    9781338742503    $18.99Following the events of Show Me a Sign (rev. 9/20) and Set Me Free (rev. 11/21), it is now 1810 and Mary leaves Martha’s Vineyard again, this time to travel with several hearing, non-signing missionary women...

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...

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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