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Review of Berliners

Berliners by Vesper Stamper; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Knopf    320 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-593-42836-8    $21.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-42837-5    $24.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-42838-2    $10.99 An engrossing look at the emerging new world order after World War II, told through the experiences of one...

Review of The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff retold by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Preschool, Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    48 pp. 10/22    9781338673845    $18.99 Frequent collaborators Barnett and Klassen serve up a delectable rendition of the oft-retold folktale. The bare-bones narrative “clip clops” along with abundant humor and plenty of verbal delights, repetition,...

Review of Yellow Dog Blues

Yellow Dog Blues by Alice Faye Duncan; illus. by Chris Raschka Primary     Eerdmans    32 pp.     g 9/22     978-0-8028-5553-4     $18.99 This book about a lost dog is also a musical and cultural journey along the Mississippi Blues Trail. Duncan’s (Just like a Mama, rev. 3/20) freewheeling narrative...

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...

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...

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...

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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