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Review of Tumble

Tumble by Celia C. Pérez Intermediate, Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    368 pp.    g 8/22    978-0-593-32517-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-32519-3    $10.99 Spanish paper ed.  978-1-64473-592-3    $12.95 Twelve-year-old Adela Ramírez has a loving family, a robust middle-school life, and an awesome best friend in her small New Mexico town, known for its love...

Review of The Greatest Song of All: How Isaac Stern United the World to Save Carnegie Hall

The Greatest Song of All: How Isaac Stern United the World to Save Carnegie Hall by Megan Hoyt; illus. by Katie HickeyPrimary, Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    40 pp.   g7/22    978-0-06-304527-9    $18.99This picture-book biography tells the story of virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern, with an emphasis on his commitment to preserving the...

Review of The World Belonged to Us

The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson; illus. by Leo EspinosaPrimary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g5/22    978-0-399-54549-8    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-399-54550-4    $10.99Spanish ed.  978-0-593-53019-1    $18.99This lyrical paean to unstructured play does not wax nostalgic or hark back to a simpler time. Rather, Woodson sets out to capture (and brilliantly succeeds in...
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Review of Gibberish

Gibberish by Young Vo; illus. by the authorPrimary    Levine Querido    40 pp.    g2/22    978-1-64614-110-4    $17.99Dat, the young Asian protagonist of this involving picture book, has traveled far to reach his new country and is about to start his first day of school. His mother warns, “When people speak it will...
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Review of This Golden State

This Golden State by Marit WeisenbergHigh School    Flatiron    400 pp.  g3/22    978-1-250-78627-2    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-78626-5    $10.99Poppy, seventeen, and her younger sister, Emma, have grown up on the run. Their parents, though loving, are fugitives from justice who use fake identities to settle in small towns all around the country and...
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Review of Family of Liars

Family of Liars by E. LockhartHigh School    Delacorte    320 pp.    g5/22    978-0-593-48585-9    $19.99Library ed.  978-0-593-48586-6    $22.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-48587-3    $10.99This formidable prequel to We Were Liars (rev. 5/14), focusing on the wealthy Sinclair family a generation before that novel’s events, opens with a harsh truth, and a spoiler. Johnny, one of...
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Review of The Chandler Legacies

The Chandler Legacies by Abdi NazemianHigh School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    336 pp.    g2/22    978-0-06-303932-2    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-303934-6    $9.99Chandler Academy is a posh Connecticut boarding school with a hallowed reputation, but with a thinly veiled culture of hazing, bullying, and homophobia and zero interest in changing long-established “traditions.” The story, which...
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Review of Rima’s Rebellion: Courage in a Time of Tyranny

Rima’s Rebellion: Courage in a Time of Tyranny by Margarita EngleMiddle School, High School    Atheneum    208 pp.    g2/22    978-1-5344-8693-5    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-8695-9    $10.99This historical novel in verse, set mainly in 1920s Cuba, is an engrossing look at the protracted fight for women’s suffrage there. The story is told through the...

Review of Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist and Civil Rights Activist

Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist and Civil Rights Activist by Rosita Stevens-Holsey and Terry Catasús Jennings High School    Yellow Jacket    288 pp.    g 2/22    978-1-4998-1251-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4998-1252-7    $9.99 The remarkable life of Black activist, attorney, and Episcopal priest Pauli Murray (1910–1985) is presented in an...
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