Julie Hakim Azzam

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Review of Thirst

Thirst by Varsha Bajaj Middle School     Paulsen/Penguin    192 pp.         g7/22     978-0-593-35439-1     $17.99 Growing up in the slums around Mumbai, India, seventh grader Minni has been raised to follow the rules and stay out of trouble, but she can’t keep quiet when she spots injustice. She...

Review of As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow

As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh High School     Little, Brown    432 pp.         g9/22     978-0-316-35137-9     $18.99e-book ed.  978‑0‑316-35161‑4    $9.99 When a revolution is ignited in Syria in 2011 to oust Assad’s regime (“no Syrian family has evaded the dictatorship’s cruelty”), the government...

Review of A Rover’s Story

A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga Intermediate     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    320 pp.         g10/22     978-0-06-311392-3     $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-311394-7    $12.99 Warga ( Other Words for Home , rev. 7/19; The Shape of Thunder , rev. 5/21) imagines a sentient space rover with human emotions who is embarking...

Review of The Moon from Dehradun: A Story of Partition

The Moon from Dehradun: A Story of Partition by Shirin Shamsi ; illus. by Tarun Lak Primary    Atheneum    40 pp.       g9/22     978-1-6659-0679-1     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-6659-0680-7    $10.99 When India is partitioned in 1947, Azra and her Muslim family members carefully plan their journey to Lahore, in what...

Review of Dadaji’s Paintbrush

Dadaji’s Paintbrush by Rashmi Sirdeshpande ; illus. by Ruchi Mhasane Primary     Levine Querido    32 pp.     g8/22     978-1-64614-172-2     $18.99 In a small village in India, a boy and his grandfather (dadaji) enjoy growing and selling fruits in the local market together, as well as reading, and making...

Where Butterflies Fill the Sky

[Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   Where Butterflies Fill the Sky: A Story of Immigration, Family, and Finding Home by Zahra Marwan; illus. by the author Primary    Bloomsbury    48 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-5476-0651-1   ...

Review of Tomatoes in My Lunchbox

Tomatoes in My Lunchbox by Costantia Manoli; illus. by Magdalena MoraPrimary    Roaring Brook    32 pp.    g6/22    978-1-250-76312-9    $18.99“There is a whole world in my name. I carry it with me. It’s heavy carrying your whole world around with you all the time.” After the young narrator leaves home for life...

Review of One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University

One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University by M. O. Yuksel; illus. by Mariam QuraishiPrimary, Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g2/22    978-0-06-303291-0    $18.99In a text rich with imagery, Yuksel (In My Mosque) tells the true story of Fatima ­al-Fihri, whose one wish was to build a school for all....

Review of The Monster in the Bathhouse

The Monster in the Bathhouse by Sina Merabian; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Simon    32 pp.    g2/22    978-1-5344-9682-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9683-5    $10.99Nowruz is a celebration of the end of winter and the start of a new year. For the three boys and their fathers in this story, a visit to...

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