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Review of Orris and Timble: The Beginning

Orris and Timble: The Beginning by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by Carmen MokPrimary    Candlewick    80 pp.4/24    9781536222791    $16.99e-book ed.  9781536237191    $16.99Orris the rat lives a quiet, reclusive life nestled in the wall of an abandoned barn. He papers his hideaway with stories from discarded books, tends to his treasures (a slipper,...

Review of Are You Big?

Are You Big? by Mo Willems; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Union Square    32 pp.2/24    9781454948186    $17.99Big, bigger, or downright astronomical—it’s all relative in Willems’s latest concept book. On the first page, a round-headed, stick-limbed child smiles at the reader; text opposite asks, “Are you big?” Sitting in the middle...

Review of Dogtown

Dogtown by Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko; illus. by Wallace WestIntermediate    Feiwel    352 pp.9/23    9781250811608    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250811615    $10.99Three-legged Chance is at the top of the pack at Dogtown—an animal shelter where she has a glowing reputation among dogs and humans alike. She’s known for quickly settling the new “boo-hoo”...

Review of The Power of Yeti

The Power of Yeti by Rebecca Van Slyke; illus. by G. Brian KarasPrimary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.9/23    9780399169588    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593407691    $10.99When a rosy-cheeked “small-footed human” visits the park, he spies a gaggle of friends showing off their playground skills—they are sports stars, reading machines, and even adept backwards-counters. Small-footed human,...

Review of All My Rage

All My Rage by Sabaa TahirHigh School    Razorbill/Penguin    384 pp.    g3/22    978-0-593-20234-0    $19.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-20235-7    $10.99In this stark and searing sort-of love story, two Pakistani American teens living in a California desert town struggle to choose connection over isolation when family crises strike. Salahudin—artsy, aimless, and anxious—feels the weight of...

Review of Lawless Spaces

Lawless Spaces by Corey Ann HayduHigh School    Simon    496 pp.    g1/22    978-1-5344-3706-7    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3708-1    $10.99When Mimi turns sixteen, her mother, Tiffany, ­delivers a family inheritance: notebooks filled with poetry penned by their female ancestors and a blank one in which to write her own. Mimi—a guarded loner whose DIY...

Review of When We Make It

When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez Middle School, High School    Dial    384 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-593-32448-6    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-32449-3    $10.99 Drawing on her experience growing up in 1990s Brooklyn, debut author Velasquez paints a complex portrait of a strong-voiced teen in this compelling verse novel. Sarai, thirteen when...

Review of I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Wayby Gayle FormanHigh School    Viking    258 pp.    g3/18    978-0-425-29077-4    $18.99A chance meeting leads to intimate connections for three struggling nineteen-year-olds in Forman’s (If I Stay, rev. 7/09; I Was Here, rev. 1/15) latest novel. Freya is an up-and-coming singer who has lost her voice, to her...

Review of The Fashion Committee

The Fashion Committee: A Novel of Art, Crime, and Applied Designby Susan JubyHigh School    Viking    311 pp.5/17    978-0-451-46878-9    $18.99From the world of artsy teens in small-town British Columbia first introduced in Juby’s The Truth Commission (rev. 3/15) comes another sly, boldly narrated contemporary tale. Two public high school students —...

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