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Review of Not Quite a Ghost

Not Quite a Ghost by Anne UrsuIntermediate, Middle School    Walden Pond/HarperCollins    288 pp.1/24    9780062275158    $19.99e-book ed.  9780062275172    $10.99The transition to middle school is often a time of tumult, with the upheaval of old elementary school routines and friendships. But for eleven-year-old Violet Hart, the changes are even more far-reaching. Her...

Review of The Blood Years

The Blood Years by Elana K. ArnoldHigh School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    400 pp.10/23    9780062990853    $19.99e-book ed.  9780062990877    $10.99In this historical novel set in Czernowitz, Romania, thirteen-year-old Rieke and her beautiful, headstrong older sister, Astra, live with their depressive mother and religiously observant grandfather, Opa, a jeweler and business owner. As...

Review of I’m Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People

I’m Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People by Anne Broyles; illus. by Victoria Tentler-KrylovPrimary, Intermediate  Holiday    48 pp.10/23    9780823450060    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457380    $11.99In this engaging and child-friendly overview of Fasanella’s (1914–1997) life and evolution as a self-taught, working-class artist, Broyles highlights the man’s “rambunctious,” resilient, and independent nature,...

Review of Remember Us

Remember Us by Jacqueline WoodsonMiddle School    Paulsen/Penguin    192 pp.10/23    9780399545467    $18.99e-book ed.  9780399545481    $10.99Sage Durham, a basketball-obsessed Black twelve-year-old, is looking forward to a summer of pick-up games with the boys (she’s always the only girl on the court) in her close-knit 1970s Brooklyn neighborhood. Instead, it proves to be...

Review of Roll, Roll, Little Pea

Roll, Roll, Little Pea by Cécile Bergame; illus. by Magali Attiogbé; trans. from French by Angus Yuen-KillickPreschool    Red Comet    24 pp.6/23    9781636550442    $17.99This sweet and tender tale opens with a brown-skinned child shelling peas into a bowl. Alas, one of the peas escapes and gets the story rolling. Without anthropomorphizing...

Review of Dear Medusa

Dear Medusa by Olivia A. ColeHigh School    Labyrinth Road/Random    384 pp.3/23    9780593485736    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593485750    $10.99For troubled sixteen-year-old Alicia, the past year has been one of betrayal (she was cut out of her best friend’s life “like a tumor”), parental divorce and dysfunction, and social isolation and slut-shaming. Sexual assault...

Review of Rabbit, Duck, and Big Bear

Rabbit, Duck, and Big Bear by Nadine Brun-Cosme; illus. by Olivier TallecPrimary    Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.2/23    9780593486986    $18.99Library ed.  9780593486993    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593487006    $10.99Three besties—Rabbit, Duck, and Big Bear—are always together, frolicking and having fun in their forest home throughout the seasons. While they are keen to explore, as...

Review of The Train Home

The Train Home by Dan-ah Kim; illus. by the authorPrimary    Greenwillow    40 pp.4/23    9780063076914    $19.99An enchanting look at a child’s quest for belonging. Nari is a quiet, dreamy sort of girl, and at times her bustling, multigenerational Asian American household is a bit too raucous for her liking. As she...

Review of World Made of Glass

World Made of Glass by Ami PolonskyIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    288 pp.1/23    9780316462044    $16.99e-book ed.  9780316462259    $9.99It’s 1987, and twelve-year-old Iris Cohen is feeling extremely fragile. In the past year, her father, an NYU professor, has moved to an upstairs unit in their Greenwich Village apartment building and begun...

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