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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 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 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,...

Review of The Lion of Mars

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm Intermediate, Middle School    Random    272 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-593-12181-8    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-12182-5    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-12183-2    $9.99 Eleven-year-old Bell is the youngest resident of the American settlement on Mars. Along with the older kids — like Bell, all orphans transported from...

Review of A Field Guide to Getting Lost

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough Intermediate    Atheneum    210 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-5344-3849-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3851-4    $10.99 Sutton prefers programming robots to being with people, but she’s still disappointed when she learns that her mother, off researching penguins in Antarctica, won’t return in time for her...

Review of Things Seen from Above

Things Seen from Above by Shelley Pearsall; illus. by Xingye Jin Intermediate    Knopf    262 pp. 2/20    978-1-5247-1739-1    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1740-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1741-4    $9.99 April, beginning sixth grade and dealing with her own friendship issues, takes an interest in a younger student with puzzling behaviors and a surprising...

Review of The Water Bears

The Water Bears by Kim Baker Intermediate    Lamb/Random    264 pp.    g 4/20    978-1-9848-5220-5    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-9848-5221-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-9848-5222-9    $9.99 Newt Gomez dreams of leaving Murphy Island, his isolated home in the Pacific Northwest — especially after he was attacked by a bear a year ago, which left...

Review of Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Body Under the Piano

Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Body Under the Piano by Marthe Jocelyn; illus. by Isabelle Follath Intermediate    Tundra    325 pp.    g 2/20    978-0-7352-6546-2    $15.99 e-book ed.  978-0-77352-6547-9    $9.99 In 1902 Torquay, England, twelve-year-old Aggie befriends a Belgian refugee, Hector Perot, and investigates a murder roiling the town. When Mrs. Eversham,...

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