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Review of ¡Ay, Mija!: My Bilingual Summer in Mexico

¡Ay, Mija!: My Bilingual Summer in Mexico by Christine Suggs; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Little, Brown    336 pp.4/23    9780316591966    $24.99Paper ed.  9780316591928    $17.99e-book ed.  9780316591942    $9.99This engaging graphic memoir depicts Suggs’s formative experiences visiting family members in Mexico City and their rancho in the state of Querétaro....

Review of Then Everything Happens at Once

Then Everything Happens at Once by M-E GirardHigh School    HarperTeen    432 pp.1/23    9780063206687    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063206700    $12.99A teenage girl’s identity crisis coincides with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Girard’s (Girl Mans Up, rev. 11/16) latest novel, set on the outskirts of Toronto. Baylee is a thoughtful yet highly...

Review of Invisible

Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez ; illus. by Gabriela Epstein ; color by Lark Pien Middle School     Graphix/Scholastic    208 pp.         g8/22     978-1-338-19455-5     $24.99Paper ed.  978-1-338-19454-8    $12.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-19456-2    $7.99 Gonzalez and Epstein’s compelling graphic novel opens with five students from Conrad Middle School sitting in...

Five Questions for Lizzo's Library of Congress Hosts

In addition to being a GRAMMY, NAACP Image Award, and MTV Award-winning songwriter and recording artist, Lizzo trained as a classical flutist. Since she hit the global music scene, her fans have been treated to flute cameos during Lizzo shows and occasional flute-related entertainment on her social feeds. Her visit...

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 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...

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...

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