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Review of Monster Hands

Monster Hands by Karen Kane and Jonaz McMillan; illus. by Dion MBDPreschool, Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.5/24    9780593532294    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593532300    $10.99After reading several bedtime stories, Milo makes the mistake of reading a book about a monster under the bed. Oh, no! In his fearful dilemma, he turns to his friend...

Review of The Boy Lost in the Maze

The Boy Lost in the Maze by Joseph Coelho; illus. by Kate MilnerMiddle School, High School    Candlewick    320 pp.3/24    9781536236415    $19.99e-book ed.  9781536237351    $19.99Coelho, the U.K.’s current Children’s Laureate, here interweaves two narratives—one a riff on the classical story of Theseus; the other of Theo, a contemporary biracial teen seeking...

Review of The Queen of Thieves

The Queen of Thieves [Moonwind Mysteries]by Johan Rundberg; trans. from Swedish by A. A. PrimeIntermediate, Middle School    Amazon Crossing Kids    207 pp.3/24    9781662509629    $17.99Paper ed.  9781662509612    $9.99In this sequel to The Night Raven (rev. 9/23), young detective Mika has reason to suspect that some of the children at her orphanage...

Review of The Night War

The Night War by Kimberly Brubaker BradleyIntermediate, Middle School    Dial    288 pp.4/24    9780735228566    $17.99e-book ed.  9780735228580    $10.99In 1942, French police in Occupied Paris rounded up over thirteen thousand French Jews and corralled them into a stadium; almost all perished at Auschwitz. Bradley’s (The War That Saved My Life, rev. 1/15,...

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...

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