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The Old Boat

Brothers Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey follow up last year’s sleeper favorite The Old Truck (a mock Calling Caldecott honor book!) with The Old Boat, another emotionally moving story about a vehicle and its family. Before the title page, a young boy walks toward an adult standing at a green-and-white fishing...

School daze 2021

How's everyone's school year going so far? Almost three weeks in, my kids -- who'd been remote for 1.5 years, who can believe it?! -- are thrilled to be physically around (but not too close to) their friends (even as I worry...). Don't forget to check in with the teachers and...

Review of Pax: Journey Home

Pax: Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker; illus. by Jon Klassen Intermediate, Middle School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    256 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-06-293034-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-293037-8    $10.99 It has been a year since the dramatic and emotional events of Pax (rev. 3/16). Peter, now thirteen and estranged from his grandfather, is...

Review of Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland High School    Simon Pulse    432 pp.    g 8/20    978-1-5344-4863-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-4865-0    $10.99 Two years ago, seventeen-year-old Sia Martinez’s mother perished in the Sonoran Desert, attempting to return home to (fictional) Caraway, Arizona, after being cruelly deported...

ABC Your Way to Confidence

Velena Collins Smoot is the author of the picture book ABC Your Way to Confidence, illustrated by Whimsical Designs by CJ, and self-published. She's family with someone I consider like family (Hi, Winsome!), and I was happy to be able to learn more about her very personal and heartfelt project. Follow @abcyourway on...

Review of From Sarah to Sydney: The Woman Behind All-of-a-Kind Family

From Sarah to Sydney: The Woman Behind All-of-a-Kind Family by June Cummins with Alexandra Dunietz Yale University Press    383 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-300-24355-0    $35.00 This long-awaited — and much ­anticipated — biography is the first ever of Sydney Taylor (1904–1978), author of the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family books about five Jewish...

Review of Not Your All-American Girl

Not Your All-American Girl by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    256 pp.    g 7/20    978-1-338-03776-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-03778-4    $10.99 This follow-up to This Is Just a Test stars Lauren Le Yuan Horowitz, sister of the previous book’s protagonist. In 1984 suburban Virginia, Lauren is...

Review of Just Roll with It

Just Roll with It by Lee Durfey-Lavoie; illus. by Veronica Agarwal Intermediate, Middle School    RH Graphic/Random    336 pp.    g 12/21    978-0-593-12541-0    $20.99 Library ed.  978-1-9848-9700-8   $23.99 Paper ed.  978-1-9848-9699-5    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-9701-5    $8.99 In this graphic novel, sixth grader Maggie starts middle school with familiar worries: making friends, confronting...

Review of My First Day

My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên; illus. by the authors Primary    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-593-30626-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30627-7    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30628-4    $10.99 “Where the great river, mother Mekong, tumbles into the endless sea” is the setting for this...
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