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Review of The Tryout

The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat; illus. by Joanna Cacao; color by Amanda Lafrenais Middle School    Graphix/Scholastic    272 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-338-74130-8    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-338-74126-1    $12.99 Soontornvat shares an intimate glimpse into her youth in this coming-of-age graphic memoir. As one of the only Asian American students...

Review of Mihi Ever After

Mihi Ever After by Tae Keller; illus. by Geraldine Rodríguez Intermediate     Holt    240 pp.         g11/22     978-1-250-81431-9     $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-81432-6    $9.99 Fourth grader Mihi Whan Park, who loves fairy tales and princesses, wants nothing more than to fit in at school, a place where microaggressions abound....

Review of In the Beautiful Country

In the Beautiful Country by Jane KuoIntermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    320 pp.   g6/22    978-0-06-311898-0    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-311900-0    $9.99At the start of this emotional novel in verse full of vivid imagery, ten-year-old Ai Shi Zhang and her parents leave Taiwan for the suburbs of Los Angeles. Money is tight after a...

Review of Join the Club, Maggie Diaz

Join the Club, Maggie Diaz by Nina Moreno; illus. by Courtney LovettIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    240 pp.   g5/22    978-1-338-74061-5    $17.99Paper ed.  978-1-338-83281-5    $7.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-74063-9    $10.99Maggie Diaz is entering seventh grade and feeling left behind. Everyone around her seems to have found the thing they are passionate about, including...

Review of My Mechanical Romance

My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol FollmuthHigh School    Holiday    272 pp.   g5/22    978-0-8234-5010-7    $18.99When a teacher takes note of newcomer Bel Maier’s natural talents in science and pushes her to try out for the school’s robotics team, high-school senior Bel—who is less ­interested in academics and college plans than...

Review of An Arrow to the Moon

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. PanHigh School    Little, Brown    400 pp.    g4/22    978-0-316-46405-5    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-46404-8  $9.99High school seniors Luna Chang and Hunter Yee keep crossing paths, and they soon realize that they both have bizarre abilities. Luna can attract fish and fireflies; Hunter has perfect aim,...

Review of Maizy Chen's Last Chance

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee Intermediate, Middle School    Random    288 pp.    g 2/22    978-1-9848-3025-8    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-9848-3026-5    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-3028-9    $9.99 Eleven-year-old Maizy and her mother leave fast-paced Los Angeles to spend the summer in languorous Last Chance, Minnesota. Oma and Opa, Maizy’s grandparents, own Golden...

Review of The Mirror Season

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore High School    Feiwel    320 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-250-62412-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-62413-0    $10.99 In this story that blends realism and fairy tale, McLemore (Blanca & Roja, rev. 11/18) introduces readers to a sweet, warm young woman making her way through trauma. Ciela is La...

Review of Walk Toward the Rising Sun: From Child Soldier to Ambassador of Peace

Walk Toward the Rising Sun: From Child Soldier to Ambassador of Peace by Ger Duany with Garen Thomas High School    Make Me a World/Random    320 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-5247-1940-1    $18.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1941-8    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1942-5    $11.99 In this vivid memoir, Duany recounts his experience as a Lost Boy....

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