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Review of Copycat: Nature-Inspired Design Around the World

Copycat: Nature-Inspired Design Around the World by Christy Hale; illus. by the author Primary    Lee & Low    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-64379-230-9    $20.95 e-book ed.  978-1-64379-474-7    $20.95 Hale (Water Land, rev. 7/18) introduces readers to biomimicry through fifteen examples found in everyday life as well as...
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Review of Hanged!: Mary Surratt & the Plot to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln

Hanged!: Mary Surratt & the Plot to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln by Sarah Miller Middle School, High School     Random House Studio/Random    352 pp.       g11/22     978-0-593-18156-0     $18.99Library ed.  978-0-593-18157-7    $21.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-18158-4    $11.99 On April 14, 1865, just days after the conclusion of the Civil War, John...

Review of Paradise Sands

Paradise Sands by Levi Pinfold; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-5362-1282-2    $18.99 Pinfold (The Black Dog, rev. 10/12) pre­sents another surreal picture book, this one with shades of such folktales as the Grimms’ “The Six Swans” and Andersen’s “The Wild Swans.”...
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Review of Building an Orchestra of Hope: How Favio Chávez Taught Children to Make Music from Trash

Building an Orchestra of Hope: How Favio Chávez Taught Children to Make Music from Trash by Carmen Oliver ; illus. by Luisa Uribe Primary     Eerdmans    48 pp.         g10/22     978-0-8028-5467-4     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-4674-6590-8    $18.99 Cateura, Paraguay: a town built on a landfill. Families survive by working...

Review of Concrete: From the Ground Up

Concrete: From the Ground Up by Larissa Theule; illus. by Steve Light Primary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5362-1250-1    $18.99 Roads, bridges, basketball courts, skyscrapers—so much of our world is made out of concrete, the combination of stone, sand, water, and cement that is our most ubiquitous modern building material....

Review of Diving Deep: Using Machines to Explore the Ocean

Diving Deep: Using Machines to Explore the Ocean by Michelle Cusolito; illus. by Nicole Wong Primary, Intermediate    Charlesbridge    32 pp.   g 6/22    978-1-62354-293-1    $17.99 In a follow-up to the pair’s Flying Deep (rev. 7/18), Cusolito and Wong enumerate the various ways people explore the ocean. Readers learn about the...

Review of Hope Is an Arrow: The Story of Lebanese American Poet Kahlil Gibran

Hope Is an Arrow: The Story of Lebanese American Poet Kahlil Gibran by Cory McCarthy; illus. by Ekua HolmesPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.   g6/22    978-1-5362-0032-4    $18.99In this picture-book biography, readers are introduced to artist and poet Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931), whose work The Prophet is one of the most widely translated...

Review of The Woman Who Split the Atom: The Life of Lise Meitner

The Woman Who Split the Atom: The Life of Lise Meitner by Marissa Moss; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Abrams    264 pp.   g4/22    978-1-4197-5853-9    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-6833-5827-5    $15.54This absorbing and well-paced biography of Austrian-born trailblazing physicist Lise Meitner begins by exploring ­Meitner’s path from college student to...
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Review of Pigeon & Cat

Pigeon & Cat by Edward Hemingway; illus. by the authorPrimary    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    40 pp.    g6/22    978-0-316-31125-0    $17.99A loner cat and an adventurous, outgoing bird are paired in this heartwarming story of friendship and community. Previously, Cat lived a small and solitary life in an abandoned lot, venturing out only to...
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