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Review of They Hold the Line: Wildfires, Wildlands, and the Firefighters Who Brave Them

They Hold the Line: Wildfires, Wildlands, and the Firefighters Who Brave Them by Dan Paley; illus. by Molly MendozaPrimary, Intermediate    Chronicle    40 pp.9/23    9781797214504    $18.99Daunting, exhausting, sweaty, filthy, and dangerous are all words that can describe the work of the teams of firefighters who join together to contain and control...
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Review of Friend of Numbers: The Life of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan

Friend of Numbers: The Life of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan by Priya Narayanan; illus. by Satwik GadePrimary, Intermediate    Eerdmans    40 pp.10/23    9780802856081    $17.99Born in 1887 in southern India, Srinivasa Ramanujan would, before his untimely death in 1920, become one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century. In an admiring...
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Review of Plague-Busters!: Medicine’s Battles with History’s Deadliest Diseases

Plague-Busters!: Medicine’s Battles with History’s Deadliest Diseases by Lindsey Fitzharris and Adrian Teal; illus. by Adrian TealIntermediate, Middle School    Bloomsbury    176 pp.10/23    9781547606030    $19.99e-book ed.  9781547606047    $13.99Living through a global pandemic has brought epidemiological thinking to the forefront of pop-science. Those who would like to learn about diseases (mostly) defeated...

Review of Rock, Rosetta, Rock! Roll, Rosetta, Roll!: Presenting Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock & Roll

Rock, Rosetta, Rock! Roll, Rosetta, Roll!: Presenting Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock & Roll by Tonya Bolden; illus. by R. Gregory Christie Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp. 2/23    9780062994387    $18.99 Rosetta Tharpe’s (1915–1973) music would influence some of the biggest stars of the twentieth century—from Chuck Berry and Little...
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Review of When Moon Became the Moon

When Moon Became the Moon by Rob Hodgson; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Rise/Penguin Workshop    64 pp.8/23    9780593523629    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593657942    $11.99A cheery picture book introduces Earth’s moon, its origin, and its importance to our planet. Straightforward, developmentally appropriate scientific explanations (“Then, Earth used a special force, called gravity, to...

Review of Contenders:
 Two Native Baseball Players, One World Series


Contenders: Two Native Baseball Players, One World Series by Traci Sorell; illus. by Arigon Starr Primary    Kokila/Penguin    48 pp. 4/23    9780593496472    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780593406489    $11.99 Baseball’s 1911 World Series was the first to feature a match-up between two Native players. Future Hall-of-Fame pitcher Charles Bender (Ojibwe) would pitch in three...
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Review of The Day the River Caught Fire: How the Cuyahoga River Exploded and Ignited the Earth Day Movement

The Day the River Caught Fire: How the Cuyahoga River Exploded and Ignited the Earth Day Movement by Barry Wittenstein; illus. by Jessie HartlandPrimary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp.3/23    9781534480834    $18.99e-book ed.  9781534480841    $10.99What kind of spark is needed to ignite a global movement? In the case of the Earth Day Movement,...
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Review of The Story of the Saxophone

The Story of the Saxophone by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illus. by James E. RansomePrimary    Holiday    40 pp.2/23    9780823437023    $19.99e-book ed.  9780823442225    $10.99Perhaps no instrument is more associated with jazz than the saxophone. And no city more tied to both than New Orleans. But the history of the saxophone (originally saxophon), engagingly...
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Review of Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar: The Musical Story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Woman Who Invented Rock and Roll

Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar: The Musical Story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Woman Who Invented Rock and Roll by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow; illus. by the authorPrimary    Doubleday    40 pp.2/23    9780593571064    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593571088    $11.99In her time, some said Sister Rosetta Tharpe could make her guitar talk. Today, many...
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