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Review of Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards

Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards by Susan TanIntermediate, Middle School    Roaring Brook    256 pp.4/23    9781250797001    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250797018    $10.99Monica “Mo” Lin, a sixth-grade Chinese American girl, has moved with her mother and half-sister to the (fictional) small town of New Warren, Massachusetts, to live with her “aging Chinese hippie” great-uncle,...

Review of Throwback

Throwback by Maurene GooHigh School    Zando    368 pp.4/23    9781638930204    $19.99e-book ed.  9781638930211    $10.99Twenty-first-century Korean American teenager Sam Kang and her mother, Priscilla, do not get along. Free spirit Sam feels the disappointment of her high-achieving, buttoned-up, country club–aspiring parents, and her mom, whose homecoming-queen hopes were dashed in high school,...

Review of Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim

Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim by Patricia ParkHigh School    Crown    304 pp.2/23    9780593563373    $18.99Library ed.  9780593563380    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593563397    $10.99“Who is the ‘real’ Alejandra Kim?” A high school senior at an affluent prep school, she has her heart set on attending the prestigious but expensive Whyder College...

Review of Boys I Know

Boys I Know by Anna Gracia High School     Peachtree Teen    352 pp.         g7/22     978-1-68263-371-7     $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68263-452-3    $12.99 June Chu, a Taiwanese American high school senior living in Iowa, struggles to understand her identity as she tries to reconcile the conflicting influences of her strict...

Review of Private Label

Private Label by Kelly YangHigh School    Tegen/HarperCollins    416 pp.   g5/22    978-0-06-294110-7    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-294112-1    $12.99In this culturally rich romance, Yang (Parachutes, rev. 5/20) revisits themes of gender, class, racism, and identity in another story with elements from her own life. Alternating first-person narrators Serene and Lian, both of Chinese...

Review of The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee

The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee by Julie Leung; illus. by Julie Kwon Primary, Intermediate    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-7595-5495-5    $18.99 As a child, Hazel Ying Lee (1912–1944) pushed limits to be the best at everything — the fastest at footraces, the hardest hitter in handball, and,...

Review of Parachutes

Parachutes by Kelly Yang High School    Tegen/HarperCollins    485 pp.    g 5/20    978-0-06-294108-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-294113-8    $10.99 Claire lives in Shanghai with her wealthy, image-obsessed, and unhappy family. When Claire’s parents send her to prep school in America, she boards with a fellow student (who’s on scholarship), Filipina American teen...

Blue Sky, White Stars

At first glance, readers might mistake Blue Sky, White Stars for a patriotic picture book that’s primarily about the Fourth of July. Although it does include this holiday, the book delivers much more. It presents a multi-layered, complex, inclusive, expansive, and timely depiction of America through highlighting different features of...

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