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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 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 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 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...

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 The Lost Year

The Lost Year by Katherine MarshIntermediate, Middle School  Roaring Brook    368 pp.1/23    9781250313607    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250313614    $10.99Marsh’s affecting historical novel, inspired by her own family’s story, describes the social and political backdrop of the Holodomor, a famine that killed millions of ­Ukrainians in the 1930s and was covered up by...

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 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...

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