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Review of Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest

Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest by Phoebe Wahl; illus. by the author Primary    Tundra    96 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-7352-6489-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7352-6490-8    $10.99 In four stories, one for each season, we follow the adventures of Little Witch Hazel, a sturdy, rosy-cheeked forest dweller with a bevy...

Review of Paper Heart

Paper Heart by Cat Patrick Intermediate, Middle School    Putnam    304 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-9848-1534-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-1535-4    $10.99 Tessa, thirteen, is spending the summer in a small town in Wyoming, staying with her aunt, uncle, and cousins and going to art camp. Right from the get-go she is thrown...

Review of The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess by Tom Gauld; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-8234-4698-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5067-1    $11.99 Familiar fairy-tale tropes are re-envisioned through Gauld’s (a cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist) particular deadpan lens for this original fairy tale....

Review of Popcorn Bob

Popcorn Bob by Maranke Rinck; illus. by Martijn van der Linden; trans. from Dutch by Nancy Forest-Flier Primary, Intermediate    Levine Querido    152 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-64614-040-4    $14.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64614-067-1    $9.99 Bob, an egg-sized, anthropomorphic, unpopped kernel of popcorn wearing a Stetson, makes his way from the American Midwest to...

Review of Dreyer's English: Good Advice for Good Writing (Adapted for Young Readers)

Dreyer’s English: Good Advice for Good Writing (Adapted for Young Readers) by Benjamin Dreyer Intermediate, Middle School, High School    Delacorte    288 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-593-17680-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-17681-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-17682-5    $10.99 This adaptation of Dreyer’s adult style guide of the same name is as useful and amusing...

Review of Alice's Farm: A Rabbit's Tale

Alice’s Farm: A Rabbit’s Tale by Maryrose Wood; illus. by Christopher Denise  Intermediate    Feiwel    368 pp.    g  9/20    978-1-250-22455-2    $17.99  e-book ed.  978-1-250-22456-9    $9.99  A folksy omniscient narrator tells the tale of two families, rabbit and human, that share a territory. Young cottontail Alice and her brother Thistle are enjoying their...

Review of Little Bird

Little Bird by Cynthia Voigt; illus. by Lynne Rae Perkins  Intermediate    Greenwillow    336 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-06-299689-3    $16.99  e-book ed.  978-0-06-299691-6    $8.99  In her latest animal fantasy, Voigt returns to the Old Davis Farm, a territory she has explored in three previous books (most recently Toaff’s Way, rev. 9/18). Little Bird is a curious...

Review of A Whale of the Wild

A Whale of the Wild  by Rosanne Parry; illus. by Lindsay Moore  Intermediate    Greenwillow    336 pp.    g  9/20    978-0-06-299592-6    $17.99  The whale of the title could apply to either of two narrators. Vega, a late-adolescent orca whale, is just coming into her own as a wayfinder. The alternating voice is that of her...

Review of Saucy

Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata; illus. by Marianna Raskin Intermediate    Dlouhy/Atheneum    304 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-4424-1278-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4424-1280-4    $10.99 Eleven-and-a-half-year-old Becca, one of a set of quadruplets, discovers an ailing baby pig by the side of the road and brings it home. From this point on, life in her...
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