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Review of The Secret Letters

The Secret Letters [Mysteries of Trash & Treasure]by Margaret Peterson HaddixIntermediate     Tegen/HarperCollins    400 pp.9/22    9780062838520    $17.99e-book ed.  978006283854    $12.99Colin, an only child, and Nevaeh, the youngest of five, are both reluctantly working at their families’ businesses for the summer. At Possession Curation, Colin is tempted to rescue items his ultra-minimalist...

Review of Twelfth

Twelfth by Janet KeyIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    368 pp.   g5/22    978-0-316-66931-3    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-66934-4    $9.99Theater camp is not how introverted twelve-year-old Maren Sands had planned to spend her summer. Nevertheless, she finds herself following in her sister Hadley’s path at Camp Goodman. Maren generally avoids the stage, but...

Review of Consider the Octopus

Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Gae PolisnerIntermediate    Godwin/Holt    272 pp.   g4/22    978-1-250-79351-5    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-79352-2    $9.99Jeremy’s mom tasks him with inviting famous scientists to a symposium on her sea-bound research ship, which is testing out a tool for cleaning up the Great Pacific ­Garbage Patch. He...

Review of Breda’s Island

Breda’s Island by Jessie Ann FoleyIntermediate, Middle School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    256 pp.   g7/22    978-0-06-320772-1    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-320775-2    $10.99Breda didn’t believe her single mother would really send her from Chicago to Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula for the summer if she got caught stealing again, but her theft of a classmate’s gym...

Review of A Perfect Mistake

A Perfect Mistake by Melanie ConklinIntermediate    Little, Brown    288 pp.   g7/22    978-0-316-66858-3    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-66860-6    $9.99Max is not in a good place at the beginning of sixth grade: his ADHD makes school a challenge; a recent growth spurt causes people to think he’s an adult instead of an eleven-year-old;...

Review of Zia Erases the World

Zia Erases the World by Bree BartonIntermediate    Viking    256 pp.    g4/22    978-0-593-35099-7    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-35100-0    $9.99Sixth grader Zia Angelis is living with depression—the Shadoom, to Zia, who is fond of inventing portmanteau words. She doesn’t know how to explain what she’s feeling to her supportive mother, to her one-time friends,...

Review of Wreck at Ada’s Reef

Wreck at Ada’s Reef [Swallowtail Legacy]by Michael D. BeilIntermediate    Pixel + Ink    320 pp.    g2/22    978-1-64595-048-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-64595-102-5    $10.99Lark Heron-Finch is back at her family’s house on Lake Erie’s Swallowtail Island for the first time since her mother’s death. With her younger sister, stepfather, and three stepbrothers also there,...

Review of Breathing Underwater

Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen Intermediate, Middle School    Farrar    224 pp.    g 3/21    978-0-374-31325-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-31326-5    $9.99 Thirteen-year-old Olivia has a plan for the cross-country RV trip she and her older sister, Ruth, are taking with their mother’s cousin and his wife: re-create — in reverse — the...

Review of The Shape of Thunder

The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga Middle School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    288 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-295667-5    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-295669-9    $9.99 A dual-perspective novel follows two girls in the aftermath of a school shooting. Almost a year after her older sister was killed in that shooting by a classmate,...

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