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Review of Duel

Duel by Jessixa Bagley; illus. by Aaron BagleyMiddle School    Simon    320 pp.11/23    9781534496552    $24.99Paper ed.  9781534496545    $14.99e-book ed.  9781534496569    $10.99Fantasy-loving Lucy and her perfectionist older sister, Gigi, have been fighting ever since their dad’s passing. When Gigi, a popular eighth grader, trips Lucy in the lunchroom on her first day...

Review of Ink Girls

Ink Girls by Marieke Nijkamp; illus. by Sylvia BiIntermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    288 pp.11/23    9780063027114    $24.99Paper ed.  9780063027107    $15.99e-book ed.  9780063027121    $10.99This energetic and optimistic graphic novel overflows with collectivism and an activist spirit. In the fictional world of Siannerra (inspired by Italian city-states of the late Middle Ages and...

Calde-folklore: there's a hell of a lot of it

Today on Calling Caldecott, a conversation between Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt about folklore and the Caldecott Award. (This is an entry in their "why-the-hell" Calling Caldecott series. Previous posts include discussions about the Caldecott and holiday books; photography; board books; the Newbery Award; and "didactic intent.") ELISA GALL: While traditional literature is not eligible for...
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Review of The Snow Man: A True Story

The Snow Man: A True Story by Jonah Winter; illus. by Jeanette WinterPrimary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.10/23    9781665932394    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665932400    $10.99This nonfiction picture book spotlights the decades-long data collection project of billy barr, a contemporary citizen scientist who spells his name using all lowercase letters and has spent over...
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Review of The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women’s Suffrage, and Jujitsu

The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women’s Suffrage, and Jujitsu by Clément Xavier; illus. by Lisa Lugrin; color by Albertine Ralenti; trans. from French by Edward GauvinMiddle School, High School    Graphic Universe/Lerner    136 pp.8/23    9781728445656    $30.65Paper ed.  9798765607473    $17.99This immersive comic introduces readers to the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU),...
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Review of Picture Day

Picture Day by Sarah Sax; illus. by the authorMiddle School    Knopf    288 pp.6/23    9780593306888    $20.99Paper ed.  9780593306871    $13.99Library ed.  9780593306895    $23.99e-book ed.  9780593306901    $8.99Tween relationships and identity development are the focus of this engaging contemporary graphic novel. It is middle-school picture day, and Viv is determined to make her mark....

Review of Lost in the Mountains

Lost in the Mountains [Survival Scout] by Maxwell Eaton III; illus. by the author Intermediate    Roaring Brook    144 pp. 5/23    9781250790460    $19.99 Paper ed.  9781250790477    $12.99 e-book ed.  9781250330956    $9.99 This humorous and informative comic-format guide showcases all things survival in the great outdoors. After getting lost while hiking and...
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Review of Lo & Behold

Lo & Behold by Wendy Mass; illus. by Gabi Mendez; color by Cai TseIntermediate, Middle School    Random House    224 pp.5/23    9780593179635    $20.99Library ed.  9780593179642    $23.99Paper ed.  9780593179628    $13.99e-book ed.  9780593179659    $8.99In this moving and memorable graphic novel, twelve-year-old Addie loves tortoises, outer space, and moon trees (planted from seeds that...

Review of Harriet Tubman: Toward Freedom

Harriet Tubman: Toward Freedom by Whit Taylor; illus. by Kazimir Lee Middle School, High School    Little, Brown    112 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-7595-5550-1    $19.99 Paper ed.  978-0-7595-5551-8    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7595-5766-6    $9.99 This Center for Cartoon Studies Presents entry (most recently, Glynnis Fawkes’s Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre, rev. 11/19) spotlights...
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