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Review of Gut Reaction

Gut Reaction by Kirby Larson and Quinn WyattMiddle School    Scholastic    272 pp.3/24    9781338893137    $18.99e-book ed.  9781338893151    $18.99Tess’s family just moved, and she is happy to start eighth grade in a school where no one knows her dad passed away three years ago. Sharing homemade treats—her dad taught her how to...

Review of Desert Song

Desert Song by Laekan Zea Kemp; illus. by Beatriz Gutiérrez HernándezPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.6/24    9780823453924    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823459162    $11.99Spanish ed.  9780823457977    $18.99When the nocturnal animals that surround a family’s house in the desert come out, “they howl and buzz and hoot—a chorus in need of a band.” On the ample...

Review of Sumo Libre

Sumo Libre by Joe Cepeda; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.6/24    9780316453721    $18.99Neighbors Max and Kenji love wrestling. But Max thinks lucha libre is the “greatest,” while Kenji thinks sumo is the “best.” When they show each other their favorite moves—and try to prove which is truly the...

Review of Barrio Rising: The Protest that Built Chicano Park

Barrio Rising: The Protest that Built Chicano Park by María Dolores Águila; illus. by Magdalena MoraPrimary    Dial    40 pp.6/24    9780593462072    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593462089    $10.99Spanish ed.  9780593462225    $18.99“¡Parque sí, policía no!” This fictionalized account—narrated by a young person—shares the dramatic culmination of efforts by Chicane residents of Barrio Logan to build...

Apply for a summer Horn Book internship + meet interns Allison and Joanna

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2024 internships, which will likely include a combination of remote work and occasional in-person work...

Review of Mari and the Curse of El Cocodrilo

Mari and the Curse of El Cocodrilo by Adrianna CuevasIntermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    256 pp.10/23    9780063285491    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063285514    $10.99Twelve-year-old Mari loves her family but tries to avoid “Peak Cubanity,” the times she feels their Cuban heritage sticks out in her small Texan town. When everyone else burns effigies in...

Review of The Young Teacher and the Great Serpent

The Young Teacher and the Great Serpent by Irene Vasco; illus. by Juan Palomino; trans. from Spanish by Lawrence SchimelPrimary    Eerdmans    40 pp.10/23    9780802856173    $18.99e-book ed.  9781467467247    $18.99A young teacher (unnamed in the text) sets off to her remote school assignment in the Amazon armed with determination and a precious...

Review of Before the Devil Knows You’re Here

Before the Devil Knows You’re Here by Autumn KrauseHigh School    Peachtree Teen    227 pp.10/23    9781682636473    $18.99e-book ed.  9781682636480    $11.99When Catalina’s pa dies after drinking cider made from a poisoned apple, “wind burst through the cabin like a ferocious intruder…a man, but his skin rose and fell in patchy, lopsided ridges....

Game of Freedom

In Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira (also published in Spanish as Juego de libertad: Mestre Bimba y el arte de la capoeira), Duncan Tonatiuh immortalizes Manoel dos Reis Machado (1899–1974), more commonly known as Mestre Bimba. Bimba’s contributions to capoeira, the Brazilian jogo (game) that...

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