Nicholas A. Brown

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Review of Ophelia After All

Ophelia After All by Racquel MarieHigh School    Feiwel    352 pp.   g2/22    978-1-250-79730-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-79729-2    $10.99All is well in high-achieving, botany-obsessed, high-school senior Ophelia Rojas’s world until she gets caught up in friend drama over prom and recognizes her romantic interest in a new female friend. True to her...
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Review of Burn Down, Rise Up

Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent TiradoHigh School    Sourcebooks Fire    352 pp.   g5/22    978-1-7282-4600-0    $18.99In this horror novel grounded in a real-world setting, sixteen-year-old Raquel’s life is upended when her friend disappears—part of a pattern of unexplained ­disappearances—and her mother is hospitalized due to a mysterious illness. Raquel is...

Review of The Insiders

The Insiders by Mark Oshiro Intermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    384 pp.   g 9/21   978-0-06-300810-6    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-300812-0    $8.99 Héctor Muñoz’s life is upended when his family relocates from San Francisco to the ­Sacramento suburbs. He enters his new middle school with high hopes of finding his people in the...

Review of Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas High School    Dial    304 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-593-32281-9    $17.99 “Brilliant” debate team star Finch is a young trans man who is months away from transition surgery. The high school senior’s parents struggle financially, which makes debating success and the potential scholarship especially important to...

Review of The Passing Playbook

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons High School    Dial    304 pp.    g 6/21    978-1-9848-1540-8    $17.99 Spencer Harris begins sophomore year at a new school in Ohio, hoping for a fresh start after having had to transfer because of “the Incident” at his previous school: Spencer is trans, and he was...

Field Notes: Pandemic Diary: Bilingual Virtual Programming

Children’s literature has the unique ability to inspire a lifelong love of reading for children and their families. One of the books that shaped my own understanding of growing up biracial, as a Honduran American, was Arroz con leche: canciones y ritmos populares de América Latina / Rice with Milk:...
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