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Review of The School for Invisible Boys

The School for Invisible Boys by Shaun David HutchinsonIntermediate, Middle School    Labyrinth Road/Random    304 pp.2/24    9780593646298    $17.99Library ed.  9780593646304    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593646311    $10.99Hutchinson’s (Howl, rev. 7/22) middle-grade debut is a captivating combination of dark fantasy and tween drama built on a cast of nuanced characters, methodical world-building, and suspenseful storytelling....

Review of Stuntboy, In-Between Time

Stuntboy, In-Between Time by Jason Reynolds; illus. by Raúl the Third Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    272 pp. 8/23    9781534418226    $14.99 e-book ed.  9781534418240    $9.99 Set one week after its predecessor (Stuntboy, in the Meantime, rev. 1/22), this illustrated novel follows Portico Reeves through one very eventful day as the self-appointed...

Review of Go-Go Guys

Go-Go Guys by Rowboat Watkins; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp.9/23    9781797205717    $15.99The Go-Go Guys, three egg-shaped youngsters, “NEVER sleep!” and have brains that go “BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!” While they’re tucked into bed reflecting on more appealing activities than going to sleep (such as driving cars, bulldozers, and...

Review of The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom

The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom by Mac Barnett; illus. by Shawn HarrisPrimary, Intermediate    Tegen/HarperCollins    272 pp.10/23    9780063084117    $16.99e-book ed.  9780063084131    $11.99Following The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza (rev. 7/22) is an elaborate and emotionally sincere graphic novel that fortunately retains much of the oddball...

Review of Stickler Loves the World

Stickler Loves the World by Lane Smith; illus. by the author; design by Molly LeachPreschool, Primary    Random House Studio/Random    40 pp.8/23    9780593649831    $18.99Library ed.  9780593649848    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593649855    $10.99Smith (A Gift for Nana, rev. 5/22) again explores a world of friendly monsters, talking animals, and personified inanimate objects, here celebrating...

Review of Big Tree

Big Tree by Brian Selznick; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    528 pp. 4/23    9781338180633    $32.99 Selznick elegantly intertwines pictures and words to tell the macro story of the natural world through the micro perspective of two sycamore seeds. Louise and Merwin are siblings who occupy the same...

Review of Sunshine

Sunshine by Jarrett J. Krosoczka; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    240 pp. 4/23    978133856328    $24.99 Paper ed.  9781338356311    $14.99 e-book ed.  9781338747621    $14.99 This follow-up graphic memoir to Hey, Kiddo (rev. 9/18) is aesthetically similar to its predecessor but altogether different in subject and scope. Krosoczka...

Review of The Storyteller

The Storyteller by Brandon HobsonIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    224 pp.5/23    9781338797268    $17.99Paper ed.  9781338893281    $7.99Hobson (Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma) combines elements of classic Western literature, Cherokee culture, pop culture, and the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Two-Spirit People to forge the thematic backbone for this fantastical...

Review of Out There

Out There by Seaerra Miller; illus. by the authorMiddle School    Little, Brown    232 pp.6/23    9780316591867    $24.99Paper ed.  9780316591874    $12.99e-book ed.  9780316591850    $9.99In a graphic novel set during the seventy-fifth anniversary of the alleged alien crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico, Julia searches for extraterrestrial life on a road trip with...

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