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Review of A Starlet’s Secret to a Sensational Afterlife

A Starlet’s Secret to a Sensational Afterlife by Kendall KulperHigh School    Holiday    352 pp.5/23    9780823453610    $19.99e-book ed.  9780823455331    $11.99In 1934, eighteen-year-old aspiring Chicago actress Henny wins a ticket to Los Angeles and the promise of a screen test. Unfortunately, it turns out, there are men in Hollywood looking to take...

Review of Dream to Me

Dream to Me by Megan PaaschHigh School    Feiwel    384 pp.1/23    9781250817051    $19.99e-book ed.  9781250817068    $10.99After the death of Eva Sylvan’s beloved father (about which she feels lingering guilt), she and her half-sister, Rhonda, move from New York to the (fictional) small town of Madrona, Washington, and into a spooky, decrepit...

Review of Show Us Who You Are

Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll Intermediate     Crown    304 pp.         g10/22     978-0-593-56299-4     $16.99Library ed.  978-0-593-56300-7    $19.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-56301-4    $9.99 In this middle-grade sci-fi tale set in the near future, twelve-year-old Cora meets Adrien (and his wealthy family) at a grown-up party. Both children...

Review of Murder for the Modern Girl

Murder for the Modern Girl by Kendall KulperHigh School    Holiday    464 pp.   g5/22    978-0-8234-4972-9    $19.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5287-3    $11.99There’s an “angel killer” stalking the streets in this flapper-era dark fantasy set in late-1920s Chicago. Ruby ­Newhouse only strikes men with bad intentions, and since she happens to have telepathic abilities,...

Review of The Callers

The Callers by Kiah ThomasIntermediate    Chronicle    232 pp.   g4/22    978-1-7972-1078-0    $16.99The Octavius family is notable for producing Callers—people with the ability to summon objects seemingly out of thin air. Quintus Octavius, however, has never been successful at Calling anything. This does not sit well with his mother, Elipsom’s Chief...

Review of The Tiltersmith

The Tiltersmith by Amy HerrickMiddle School    Algonquin    320 pp.   g4/22    978-1-64375-099-6    $17.95e-book ed.  978-1-64375-288-4    $15.95A freak snowstorm, when it should be spring, ushers in a story in which earth science, fantasy adventure, and mythical archetypes collide. Edward, Danton, Feenix, and Brigit are ordinary middle schoolers, albeit with vibrant personalities...

Review of Shadow Grave

Shadow Grave by Marina CohenIntermediate    Roaring Brook    288 pp.   g5/22    978-1-250-78300-4    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-78301-1    $9.99As his younger sister, Lola, loves to point out, twelve-year-old Arlo is afraid of everything. He has significant reasons to be anxious: his mother has just recovered from cancer; his father (divorced, with a new...

Review of The Witch, the Sword, and the Cursed Knights

The Witch, the Sword, and the Cursed Knights by Alexandria RogersIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    304 pp.    g2/22    978-0-7595-5458-0    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-7595-5457-3    $9.99In this fantasy novel set “years after the regretful demise of Camelot,” twelve-year-old Ellie is a witch but dreams of becoming a fairy godmother. All her plans go...

Review of Gallant

Gallant by V. E. Schwab Intermediate    Greenwillow    352 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-06-283577-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-283579-6    $12.99 Olivia endures a miserable existence at the dreary Merilance School for Independent Girls—her inability to speak and upsetting ability to see ghouls make her unpopular with the other orphans and the matrons. Then...

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