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Review of Himawari House

Himawari House by Harmony Becker; illus. by the author High School    First Second    384 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-250-23556-5    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-23557-2    $17.99 In this expertly crafted graphic novel, recent high school grad Nao, born in Japan and raised in the American Midwest, spends a gap year in Tokyo. “Only...

Review of The Big Bath House

The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear; illus. by Gracey Zhang Primary    Random    40 pp.    g 11/21    978-0-593-18195-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-18196-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-18197-3    $10.99 A young girl visiting her grandmother in Japan narrates this not-so-traditional bath-time book about a very traditional and ancient Japanese custom. The narrator...

Review of Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen

Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queenby Debbi Michiko Florence; illus. by Elizabet VukovićPrimary    Farrar    115 pp.7/17    978-0-374-30410-2    $15.99Paper ed.  978-0-374-30834-6    $5.99e-book ed.  978-0-374-30412-6    $4.25Jasmine’s favorite holiday is New Year’s. Relatives gather at her home in Los Angeles to celebrate, and her beloved Obaachan comes all the way from Japan to visit. For...

Review of Real Friends

Real Friends by Shannon Hale; illus. by LeUyen Pham; color by Jane Poole Intermediate    First Second/Roaring Brook    220 pp. 5/17    978-1-62672-416-7    $21.99 Paper ed. 978-1-62672-785-4    $12.99 Author Hale recounts her elementary-school years in this graphic memoir that focuses on childhood friendship. Young Shannon feels a bit lost within her family,...

Review of The Fox Wish

The Fox Wishby Kimiko Aman; illus. by Komako SakaiPreschool    Chronicle    32 pp.3/17    978-1-4521-5188-5    $16.99A young girl and her little brother return to a park to retrieve her forgotten jump rope. When they discover a cheerful group of foxes trying to use the jump rope but failing (their tails keep tripping...

Review of Moo

Mooby Sharon CreechIntermediate, Middle School    Cotler/HarperCollins    278 pp.8/16    978-0-06-241524-0    $16.99Library ed.  978-0-06-241525-7    $17.89    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-241527-1    $6.99Sick of city life and having recently lost their jobs, Reena’s parents decide to move to Maine, to a small coastal town. It’s summer, and twelve-year-old Reena and younger brother Luke are free to...

Review of Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kanekopoems by Misuzu Kaneko; narrative by David Jacobson; illus. by Toshikado Hajiri; trans. from the Japanese by Sally Ito and Michiko TsuboiPrimary, Intermediate, Middle School    Chin Music Press    64 pp.9/16    978-1-634905-962-6    $19.50Part biography, part poetry collection, this book introduces Japanese children’s...

Review of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Storyby Caren StelsonMiddle School, High School    Carolrhoda    144 pp.10/16    978-1-4677-8903-5    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5124-1884-2    $9.99The result of extensive interviews with Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor Sachiko Yasui, Stelson’s sensitively crafted account spans fifty years of Yasui’s life, starting in August 1945 when the bomb was dropped (she...

Review of Cloudwish

Cloudwishby Fiona WoodHigh School    Poppy/Little, Brown    309 pp.10/16    978-0-316-24212-7    $18.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-316-24211-0    $9.99The Australian author’s third novel focuses on two minor characters from Wildlife (rev. 11/14). Vân U’ó’c Phan is a hardworking scholarship student, an artist, and the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants who expect her to become a doctor....
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