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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 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 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 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...

Review of Anatomy: A Love Story

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana SchwartzHigh School    Wednesday/St. Martin’s    352 pp.    g1/22    978-1-250-77415-6    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1- 250- 77416- 3    $10.99In 1817 Edinburgh (a city famous at the time for medical advancements), the fictional “Roman fever” is ripping through the population. This sickness has already taken Hazel Sinnett’s older brother,...

Review of Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani; illus. by Julia Iredale Middle School, High School    Harper/HarperCollins    336 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-06-265263-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-265265-2    $10.99 The author of the popular middle-grade School for Good and Evil series proves his imaginative prowess for older readers with these twelve fairy-tale...

Review of All Our Hidden Gifts

All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue High School    Walker US/Candlewick    384 pp.    g 6/21    978-1-5362-1394-2    $19.99 When Maeve finds a tarot deck in the basement of her Kilbeg, Ireland, school, she immediately feels a connection to the cards and begins telling fortunes for the girls in her class. Lily,...

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