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Review of Continental Drifter

Continental Drifter by Kathy MacLeod; illus. by the authorIntermediate    First Second    224 pp.4/24    9781250813732    $22.99Paper ed.  9781250813749    $14.99e-book ed.  9781250375841    $9.99This introspective graphic memoir explores bicultural identity and the path toward self-acceptance. Like many students at her international school in Bangkok, Thailand, eleven-year-old Kathy is “luk khrueng,” or “half child.”...

Review of Sunny Parker Is Here to Stay

Sunny Parker Is Here to Stay by Margaret FinneganIntermediate    Atheneum    288 pp.4/24    9781665930086    $17.99e-book ed.  9781665930109    $10.99Eleven-year-old Sunny Parker lives with her father, the manager and handyman of Del Mar Garden Apartments, an affordable housing complex. She had anticipated that the summer before middle school would be boring but is...

Review of Maybe It’s a Sign

Maybe It’s a Sign by E. L. ShenMiddle School    Farrar    240 pp.1/24    9780374390778    $17.99e-book ed.  9780374390785    $10.99Freya June Sun, a seventh grader grappling with grief eight months after her father’s death, clings to Chinese superstitions for connection. The superstitions, passed down by her father, frequently disrupt her reality, making a...

Review of The Monster and the Maze

The Monster and the Maze [Monkey King and the World of Myths] by Maple Lam; illus. by the author Intermediate    Putnam    240 pp. 4/24    9780593524633    $23.99 Paper ed.  9780593524640    $13.99 e-book ed.  9780593524671    $8.99 Worlds collide when brazen Chinese Monkey King Sun Wukong sneaks into the heavenly kingdom and strikes...

Review of The Rock in My Throat

The Rock in My Throat by Kao Kalia Yang; illus. by Jiemei LinPrimary    Carolrhoda    32 pp.3/24    9781728445687    $18.99Tenderly told in first person, Yang’s lyrical autobiographical picture book depicts her childhood struggle with selective mutism. Her descriptions of how selective mutism presents at school are vivid and authentic, as when she...

Review of My Grandfather’s Song

My Grandfather’s Song by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên; illus. by the authorsPrimary    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.10/23    9780593488614    $18.99Library ed.  9780593488621    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593488638    $10.99At the beginning of the story, a grandson and grandfather stand with their palms pressed together, bowing in reverence to the jungle....

Review of Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam

Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam by Thien Pham; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    First Second    240 pp.6/23    9781250809711    $25.99Paper ed.  9781250809728    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250336101    $11.99This graphic memoir begins with the author’s earliest memory: trying to quench his thirst with seawater as he and his family...

Review of Make a Move, Sunny Park!

Make a Move, Sunny Park! by Jessica KimIntermediate, Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    352 pp.8/23    9780525555001    $18.99e-book ed.  9780525555018    $10.99Korean American Sunny Park wants to support her best friend, Bailey, whose parents are getting divorced (she also wants to avoid Bailey’s resentment). Although Sunny experiences social anxiety, she agrees to endure the...

Review of The Many Masks of Andy Zhou

The Many Masks of Andy Zhou by Jack ChengIntermediate, Middle School    Dial    320 pp.6/23    9780525553823    $17.99e-book ed.  9780525553847    $10.99On the morning after Andy Zhou’s grandparents arrive in Detroit from Shanghai for a six-month stay, his best (and only) friend convinces him to bleach his hair. “We’re going into middle school....

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