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Review of The Prisoner of Shiverstone

The Prisoner of Shiverstone by Linette Moore; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Amulet/Abrams    160 pp.    g4/22    978-1-41974-391-7    $24.99Paper ed.  978-1-41974-392-4    $14.99e-book ed.  978-1-68335-896-1    $13.49This debut graphic novel introduces readers to Helga Sharp, a unique and entertaining iteration of the plucky heroine. Tired of boarding school, Helga sets off to rescue the...
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Review of Button Pusher

Button Pusher by Tyler Page; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    First Second    256 pp.    g4/22    978-1-250-75834-7    $21.99Paper ed.  978-1-250-75833-0    $14.99This graphic memoir describes what it can be like to grow up with ADHD. When Tyler is eight years old, he whips out his penknife and proceeds to cut the...

Review of Isla to Island

Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos; illus. by the author Middle School    Atheneum    192 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-5344-6924-2    $21.99 Paper ed.  978-1-5344-6923-5    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-6925-9    $9.99 In this mostly wordless historical-fiction graphic novel, Marisol lives with her parents in Habana (according to captions using the Spanish spelling), Cuba. Marisol,...

Review of Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime

Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime by Candace FlemingHigh School    Schwartz/Random    368 pp.    g3/22    978-0-593-17742-6    $19.99Library ed.  978-0-593-17743-3    $22.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-17744-0    $11.99“Nineteen-year-old Nathan Leopold would kill a child today.” The kidnapping, ransom, and murder plot had been in the works for months, but...
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Review of The Race of the Century: The Battle to Break the Four-Minute Mile

The Race of the Century: The Battle to Break the Four-Minute Mile by Neal BascombMiddle School, High School    Focus/Scholastic    256 pp.    g3/22    978-1-338-62846-3    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-62849-4    $11.99In his latest nonfiction thriller, Bascomb (Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb, rev. 7/16) turns to the race to break the four-minute-mile...

Why the Hell Don't More Holiday Books Win the Caldecott?

Today on Calling Caldecott, a conversation between Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt about holiday books and the Caldecott Award. (This is an entry in their why-the-hell Calling Caldecott series. Previous posts include discussions about the Caldecott and photography; board books; the Newbery Award; and "didactic intent.") – J.D. and M.V.P.  ELISA...

Review of Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School    Roaring Brook    352 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-250-14901-5    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-14902-2    $10.99 Sheinkin returns to the milieu of his award-winning Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon...

Review of Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert Middle School, High School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    224 pp.    g 10/21    978-0-06-305666-4    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-305668-8    $9.99 On May 30, 1921 — just over one hundred years ago — a young Black...

Review of Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua

Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua by Gloria Amescua; illus. by Duncan Tonatiuh Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    48 pp.    g 8/21    978-1-4197-4020-6    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68335-738-4    $15.54 Luz Jiménez was an Indigenous Nahua girl from Milpa Alta, on the outskirts of Mexico City, who grew up...
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