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Review of 49 Days

49 Days by Agnes Lee; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Levine/Levine Querido    352 pp.3/24    9781646143740    $24.99Paper ed.  9781646143757    $18.99The Buddhist belief that the soul goes through “a state between life and rebirth” for forty-nine days before crossing over provides the intriguing structure for Lee’s debut graphic novel. The...

Review of Unhappy Camper

Unhappy Camper by Lily LaMotte; illus. by Ann Xu; color by SunmiMiddle School    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    208 pp.4/24    9780062973900    $24.99Paper ed.  9780062973894    $15.99e-book ed.  9780062973917    $10.99In this graphic novel set “somewhere near Seattle,” Michelle and her older sister, Claire, are far from the best of friends. Self-assured Claire takes pride in and...

Review of Alterations

Alterations by Ray Xu; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    Union Square    240 pp.1/24    9781454945840    $24.99Paper ed.  9781454945857    $14.99Kevin Lee, a 1990s Chinese Canadian boy, struggles with being invisible among his peers, but somehow lands in the spotlight at the most embarrassing moments. When he brings preserved eggs to middle...

Review of Super Boba Café

Super Boba Café by Nidhi Chanani; illus. by the author; color by Sarah DavidsonMiddle School    Amulet/Abrams    224 pp.10/23    9781419759567    $24.99Paper ed.  9781419759574    $16.99e-book ed.  9781647005795    $15.29After an embarrassing mishap on social media, almost-fourteen-year-old Aria unplugs for the summer. She visits Nainai, her Taiwanese grandmother, in San Francisco, to help run...

Review of A Sky of Paper Stars

A Sky of Paper Stars by Susie Yi; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Roaring Brook    240 pp.9/23    9781250843883    $22.99Paper ed.  9781250843890    $14.99e-book ed.  9781250354440    $9.99Korean American Yuna feels stifled by the traditional ways of her immigrant parents. She brings homemade lunches to school while her classmates get pizza. She stays home...

Review of Parachute Kids

Parachute Kids by Betty C. Tang; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Graphix/Scholastic    288 pp. 4/23    9781338832693    $24.99 Paper ed.  9781338832686    $12.99 For many immigrant families, the American dream is a journey paved with countless obstacles; this struggle plays out in the lives of three Taiwanese siblings in Tang’s...

Review of Danger and Other Unknown Risks

Danger and Other Unknown Risks by Ryan North and Erica Henderson; illus. by Erica HendersonMiddle School, High School    Penguin Workshop    208 pp.4/23    9780593224823    $24.99Paper ed.  9780593224847    $16.99e-book ed.  9780593386408    $10.99The premise of this page-turning graphic novel is that on the eve of the twenty-first century, the world plummeted into an...

Review of Freddie vs. the Family Curse

Freddie vs. the Family Curse by Tracy Badua Intermediate, Middle School     Clarion/HarperCollins     256 pp.         g5/22     978-0-358-61289-6     $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-61279-7    $9.99 Seventh grader Freddie is jinxed by a family curse. Bad luck follows him “like toilet paper stuck to my shoe,” whether he’s tripping over his...

Review of Fibbed

Fibbed by Elizabeth Agyemang; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    Razorbill/Penguin    256 pp.   g6/22    978-0-593-20488-7    $22.99Paper ed.  978-0-593-20490-0    $14.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-35234-2    $8.99Stories and truths cross paths in Agyemang’s debut graphic novel. After twelve-year-old Nana (“It’s ‘­NAH-na,’ not ‘NAN’”) makes up one too many tales, landing her in the principal’s...

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