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Review of Violet & Jobie in the Wild

Violet & Jobie in the Wild by Lynne Rae Perkins; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate     Greenwillow    240 pp.    g 9/22     978-0-06-249969-1     $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-249971-4    $9.99 Mouse siblings Violet and Jobie live a cozy life in a human house where they are warm and comfortable,...
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Review of Lily and the Night Creatures

Lily and the Night Creatures by Nick Lake ; illus. by Emily Gravett Intermediate     Simon    240 pp.         g8/22     978-1-5344-9461-9     $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9463-3    $10.99 Part animal fantasy, part family drama, part horror story, this novel set in an English village opens outside a house at sunset...
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Review of Where You’ve Got to Be

Where You’ve Got to Be by Caroline Gertler Intermediate, Middle School     Greenwillow    288 pp.         g9/22     978-0-06-302705-3     $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-302707-7    $8.99 Eleven-year-old Nolie feels adrift. Her older sister, Linden, who is preparing both to dance the role of Marie in The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center and...
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Review of A Book, Too, Can Be a Star: The Story of Madeleine L’Engle and the Making of A Wrinkle in Time

A Book, Too, Can Be a Star: The Story of Madeleine L’Engle and the Making of A Wrinkle in Time by Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Jennifer Adams ; illus. by Adelina Lirius Primary, Intermediate     Farrar    40 pp.       g10/22     978-0-374-38848-5     $18.99 This picture book, a partial...
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Review of Playing Through the Turnaround

Playing Through the Turnaround by Mylisa Larsen Middle School     Clarion/HarperCollins    272 pp.         g10/22     978-0-358-64549-8     $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-358-63958-9    $10.99 Eighth graders Jake, Cassie, Lily, Nick, and Mac all face very different, complicated struggles, but each has found comfort and confidence in a musical instrument and now...

Review of Merci Suárez Plays It Cool

Merci Suárez Plays It Cool by Meg Medina Middle School     Candlewick    346 pp.         g9/22     978-1-5362-1946-3     $18.99 The final installment of the trilogy (beginning with Merci Suárez Changes Gears, rev. 9/18) opens at the start of eighth grade, with Merci disappointed not to be assigned any...
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Review of The Polar Bear in the Garden

The Polar Bear in the Garden by Richard Jones ; illus. by the author Preschool     Peachtree    32 pp.     g10/22     978-1-68263-433-2     $17.99 So much can happen in the span of a week: “On Monday I found a polar bear in the garden.” A single-page illustration features a...
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Review of “No!” Said Custard the Squirrel

“No!” Said Custard the Squirrel by Sergio Ruzzier ; illus. by the author Preschool     Abrams Appleseed    40 pp.     g9/22     978-1-4197-5524-8     $15.99e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0345-6    $14.39 Opening endpapers populated with buck-toothed squirrels feature one yellow creature with an orange beak dressed in a jaunty green cap and vest....

Review of Merci Suárez Plays It Cool

Merci Suárez Plays It Cool by Meg Medina Middle School    Candlewick    346 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5362-1946-3    $18.99 The final installment of the trilogy (beginning with Merci Suárez Changes Gears, rev. 9/18) opens at the start of eighth grade, with Merci disappointed not to be assigned any classes with her close...
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