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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...

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...

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...

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...

Review of Seasparrow

Seasparrow by Kristin CashoreHigh School    Dutton  624 pp.11/22    9781984816672    $21.99e-book ed.  9781984816689    $10.99This fifth of Cashore’s Graceling Realm novels (Grace-ling, rev. 11/08, and sequels) encompasses a sea voyage, a shipwreck, a life-threatening trek across the frozen north, the discovery of a powerful explosive and related national conflict, several survivors of...

Review of The Astonishing Chronicles of Oscar from Elsewhere

The Astonishing Chronicles of Oscar from Elsewhere by Jaclyn MoriartyIntermediate    Levine Querido    400 pp.11/22    9781646142026    $18.99Moriarty’s fourth volume in the series that began with The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (rev. 9/18) sees the three Mettlestone-Staranise girls and the former-pirate-now-prince Alejandro once again heading off to save the day....

Review of Phalaina

Phalaina by Alice Brière-Haquet ; trans. from French by Emma Ramadan Middle School, High School     Levine Querido    320 pp.         g9/22     978-1-64614-182-1     $18.99 Horror, mystery, sci-fi, historical fiction of sorts—this story partakes of all four. Manon is a tiny child when she’s left in the woods...

Review of The Queen in the Cave

The Queen in the Cave by Júlia Sardà ; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate     Candlewick Studio    64 pp.     g5/22     978-1-5362-2054-4     $19.99 Franca and her younger sisters, Carmela and Tomasina, do everything together, so when one day Franca gets a “funny feeling,” Carmela and Tomasina decide...

Review of Healer and Witch

Healer and Witch by Nancy WerlinMiddle School    Candlewick    304 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5362-1956-2    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2457-3    $19.99Werlin’s new novel is cause for celebration—for its sleek, sharp prose; intelligent ideas; and precise characterization, to name but a few of its attributes. Set in 1531 France, this is the tale of Sylvie, an...

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