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Review of Windswept

Windswept by Margi Preus; illus. by Armando Veve Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    304 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-4197-5824-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0504-7    $15.54 The time is the future. The “Powers-That-Be” are kidnapping children—using a meteorological weapon of windstorms that sweep them up, to then be sold to mountain trolls for profit....

Review of Looking for True

Looking for True by Tricia Springstubb Intermediate     Ferguson/Holiday    288 pp.  g11/22     978-0-8234-5099-2     $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5401-3    $11.99 This is a neatly constructed story of two parallel characters. Gladys is a small, bright, intense eleven-year-old with a sensitive nature and quirky clothing sense. Her mom runs an in-home daycare....

Review of Mr. Coats

Mr. Coats by Sieb Posthuma ; illus. by the author; trans. from Dutch by David Colmer Primary     Levine Querido    32 pp.     g8/22    978-1-64614-184-5    $18.99 Mr. Coats feels the cold. He stays indoors, huddled next to the fire in all seasons. He’s lonely. He thinks of a solution, then...

Review of Albie on His Way

Albie on His Way by Jutta Bauer ; illus. by the author; trans. from German by Matthias Wieland Primary     Red Comet    40 pp.     g10/22     978-1-63655-032-9     $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-63655-033-6    $10.99 The main story here employs the benign fairy-tale trope of a questing traveler who pauses on the...

Review of Jigsaw: Mystery in the Mail

Jigsaw: Mystery in the Mail by Bob Graham ; illus. by the author Primary     Candlewick    40 pp.     g7/22     978-1-5362-2499-3     $18.99 Graham, an expert in spinning affectionate stories from the details of ordinary family life (see most recently Ellie’s Dragon , rev. 11/20), here tackles the ubiquitous...

Review of Granny and Bean

Granny and Bean by Karen Hesse ; illus. by Charlotte Voake Preschool     Candlewick    32 pp.     g9/22     978-1-5362-1404-8     $18.99 A grandmother and toddler grandchild spend a day on a stormy beach sharing the classic seashore pleasures of dodging waves, challenging the wind, watching birds, gathering seaweed, greeting...

Review of My Own Lightning

My Own Lightning by Lauren WolkIntermediate, Middle School    Dutton    320 pp.   g5/22    978-0-525-55559-9    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-525-55560-5    $10.99This sequel to Newbery Honor Book Wolf Hollow (rev. 7/16) starts with a bang as ­protagonist Annabelle McBride is hit by lightning during a summer storm. That event leaves her in a state...

Review of Monsters in the Fog

Monsters in the Fog by Ali Bahrampour; illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams    32 pp.    g6/22    978-1-4197-5245-2    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-64700-204-6    $15.54“It’s hard to knit a sweater with your hooves.” The opening line of this animal fable sounds like a piece of gnomic wisdom, but in fact it simply refers to protagonist...

Review of Seed

Seed by Caryl LewisIntermediate    Godwin/Holt    224 pp.   g5/22    978-1-250-83202-3    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-83201-6    $9.99At school Marty keeps a low profile to conceal the difficulties of his home life: a single mother who hoards and who lives with agoraphobia. Gracie comes from the prosperous side of the tracks but has challenges...

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