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Review of Scout Is Not a Band Kid

Scout Is Not a Band Kid by Jade Armstrong; illus. by the authorMiddle School    RH Graphic/Random    272 pp.    g4/22    978-0-593-17623-8    $20.99Library ed.  978-0-593-17624-5    $23.99Paper ed.  978-0-593-17622-1    $12.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-17625-2    $8.99Scout is not a band kid…she’s a fangirl. This graphic novel celebrates the lengths to which eighth grader Scout goes to...

Review of Squire

Squire by Nadia Shammas and Sara Alfageeh; illus. by Sara AlfageehMiddle School, High School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    336 pp.    g3/22    978-0-06-294585-3    $21.99Paper ed.  978-0-06-294584-6    $14.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-294586-0    $11.99Set in an alternate-history version of the Middle East/North Africa region, this sweeping graphic novel begins as a thrilling quest for glory and becomes...

Review of Gabby Gets It Together

Gabby Gets It Together [PAWS]by Nathan Fairbairn and Michele Assarasakorn; illus. by the authorsIntermediate    Razorbill/Penguin    176 pp.    g3/22    978-0-593-35185-7    $20.99Paper ed.  978-0-593-35186-4    $12.99This lively graphic novel set in Vancouver, Canada, tracks friendship ups and downs along with a shared animal obsession. Gabby is the youngest member of her friend triad,...

Review of Salt Magic

 Salt Magic  by Hope Larson; illus. by Rebecca Mock  Middle School    Ferguson/Holiday    240 pp.    g 10/21    978-0-8234-4620-9    $21.99  Paper ed.  978-0-8234-5050-3    $14.99  e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5027-5    $12.99  In this third graphic novel collaboration between Larson and Mock (Compass South, rev. 7/16; Knife’s Edge), what begins as a twentieth-century family drama quickly uncoils into...

CaldeComics 2022

Two voices are always better than one, so we’re excited to co-author this year’s CaldeComics post (à la Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt). We first became CaldeBuddies while we were at Simmons University together, each of us maxing out our library cards at the Boston Public Library’s Faneuil Branch in order...

Review of The Legend of Auntie Po

The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor; illus. by the author Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    304 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-525-55488-2    $22.99 Paper ed.  978-0-525-55489-9    $12.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-55490-5    $8.99 In this graphic novel, thirteen-year-old Mei Hao shares her homemade pies and homespun tales about the eponymous Auntie Po (a...

Review of Pawcasso

Pawcasso by Remy Lai; illus. by the author Intermediate    Holt    240 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-250-77448-4    $21.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-77449-1    $14.99 Lai’s finger is always precisely on the pulse of kid humor (see Pie in the Sky, rev. 7/19; Fly on the Wall, rev. 9/20), and she provides laughs galore in...

Review of My Last Summer with Cass

My Last Summer with Cass by Mark Crilley; illus. by the author High School    Little, Brown    256 pp.    g 3/21    978-0-7595-5546-4    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-0-7595-5545-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-70547-9    $9.99 In this graphic novel, Megan and Cass’s families have always summered together at a cottage in Topinabee, Michigan, where the...

Review of Measuring Up

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte; illus. by Ann Xu; color by Sunmi Intermediate, Middle School    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    208 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-06-297387-0    $22.99 Paper ed.  978-0-06-297386-3    $12.99 In this encouraging — and nourishing — graphic novel, twelve-year-old Cici’s family moves to Seattle from Taiwan, taking her away from her beloved A-má,...

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