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Review of My Nest of Silence

My Nest of Silence by Matt Faulkner; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    384 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-5344-7762-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7764-3    $10.99 Like many Japanese Americans, the Asai family has been sent to Manzanar during World War II. Mari has always enjoyed a...

Why the Hell Haven't More Beginning Readers Won the Caldecott Medal?

Today on Calling Caldecott, a conversation between Patrick Gall and Jonathan Hunt about early readers and the Caldecott Award. (This is an entry in the Why-the-Hell Calling Caldecott conversations, conducted in previous years between Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt. Earlier posts include discussions about the Caldecott and photography; board books; the Newbery Award; "didactic intent"; and holiday...

Review of American Murderer: The Parasite That Haunted the South

American Murderer: The Parasite That Haunted the South [Medical Fiascoes] by Gail Jarrow Middle School, High School     Calkins/Astra    160 pp.    g 9/22     978-1-68437-815-9     $24.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63592-829-7    $14.99 Zoologist Charles Stiles discovered a new species of hookworm: Necator ­americanus , the titular “American murderer,” which affected a...

Review of Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration

Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge; illus. by Lauren Tamaki Intermediate, Middle School    Chronicle    132 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-4521-6510-3    $21.99 Numerous books have been written about the forced removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans during...
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Review of Curve & Flow: The Elegant Vision of L.A. Architect Paul R. Williams

Curve & Flow: The Elegant Vision of L.A. Architect Paul R. Williams by Andrea J. Loney ; illus. by Keith Mallett Primary     Knopf    48 pp.         g9/22     978-0-593-42907-5     $18.99Library ed.  978-0-593-42908-2    $21.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-42909-9    $11.99 Paul R. Williams was born in Los Angeles in 1894; his...

Review of Underground Fire: Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage in the Cherry Mine Disaster

Underground Fire: Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage in the Cherry Mine Disaster by Sally M. Walker Intermediate, Middle School     Candlewick    224 pp.    g 10/22     978-1-5362-1240-2     $24.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2470-2    $24.99 Cherry, a town in north-central Illinois, had seemingly sprung up overnight once several veins of coal were discovered;...

Review of Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together

Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together by Tanya Lee Stone Middle School, High School    Candlewick    176 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-7636-7686-5    $24.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2708-6    $24.99 When the United States entered World War II and Japanese Americans were forcibly...

Review of M Is for Monster

M Is for Monster by Talia Dutton; illus. by the author High School    Surely/Abrams ComicArts    224 pp.    g 6/22    978-1-4197-6220-8    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-4197-5197-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-192-6    $15.54 With a nod to Frankenstein, this debut graphic novel delivers an intriguing take on the classic coming-of-age story. After Maura dies...
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Review of Howl

Howl by Shaun David HutchinsonHigh School    Simon    432 pp.   g4/22    978-1-5344-7092-7    $19.99e-book. ed.  978-1-5344-7094-1    $10.99Hutchinson’s latest offering (The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried, rev. 3/19; Before We ­Disappear, rev. 11/21) is another engaging blend of realism with fantasy and absurdity. Bleeding profusely from the wounds of...
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