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Review of Amil and the After

Amil and the After by Veera Hiranandani; illus. by Prashant MirandaIntermediate, Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    272 pp.1/24    9780525555063    $17.99e-book ed.  9780525555070    $10.99In this companion to Newbery Honor Book The Night Diary (rev. 7/18), Nisha’s twin brother, Amil, resumes the story. Everything was supposed to get better after their family survived the...

Review of The Luis Ortega Survival Club

The Luis Ortega Survival Club by Sonora ReyesHigh School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    320 pp.5/23    9780063060302    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063060326    $11.99Sixteen-year-old Ariana, self-diagnosed as selectively mute and autistic, is thrilled when popular Luis turns his attention toward her. But when he sexually assaults her and then brags about it to his friends...

Review of To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief by Martha BrockenbroughIntermediate    Scholastic    256 pp.4/23    9781338818581    $17.99e-book ed.  9781338818598    $17.99Sixth grader Amelia MacGuffin is a worrier. As the eldest of five siblings, she worries about everything from changing the part in her hair to the MacGuffin family’s tight finances. So when the mythically lucky wooden...

Review of Enter the Body

Enter the Body by Joy McCullough High School    Dutton    336 pp. 3/23    9780593406755    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780593406762    $10.99 In this inventive novel that includes elements of verse and script (including some prose in the form of stage directions), McCullough (We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire, rev. 7/21) reimagines...

Review of The Minus-One Club

The Minus-One Club by Kekla MagoonHigh School    Holt    368 pp.1/23    9781250806208    $19.99e-book ed.  9781250806215    $10.99The Minus-One Club has two rules: “1. Tell no one else about us. 2. We never talk about IT.” “IT” is death, and the loss of a loved one is the only admission criterion for the...

Review of A Scatter of Light

A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo High School     Dutton    336 pp.         g10/22     978-0-525-55528-5     $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-525-55529-2    $10.99 The summer before heading to MIT, in 2013, eighteen-year-old Aria finds herself banished to her artist grandmother’s remote Northern California home after an unfortunate revenge porn incident....

Review of We Weren’t Looking to Be Found

We Weren’t Looking to Be Found by Stephanie KuehnHigh School    Hyperion    320 pp.   g6/22    978-1-368-06410-1    $17.99Dani is a sixteen-year-old debutante whose “life revolved around Black cotillion and Black society and Black choir,” until she started to rebel by drinking and using drugs. Camila is a Latina teen dancer who...

Review of The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin

The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin by Kip Wilson High School    Versify/HarperCollins    416 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-358-44890-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-44776-4    $9.99 In 1932 Berlin, orphaned eighteen-year-old Hilde is seeking work and a purpose. She finds both (perhaps with implausible ease) at Café Lila, a gay nightclub reminiscent of Cabaret’s...

Review of Cold

Cold by Mariko TamakiHigh School    Roaring Brook    240 pp.    g2/22    978-1-62672-273-6    $18.99Teens Georgia and Todd would seem to have little in common, especially given that Todd is, well, dead. But when Todd’s nude, frozen body is discovered in a local park, Georgia is intrigued by the mystery. She interrogates those...

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