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Review of The Ghosts of Rose Hill

The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R. M. RomeroHigh School    Peachtree Teen    384 pp.    g5/22    978-1-68263-338-0    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-68263-446-2    $11.99In this verse novel, Cuban American Jewish teen Ilana Lopez spends a summer with her aunt in Prague. She finds an abandoned Jewish cemetery and, while cleaning it up, encounters Benjamin,...

Review of The Science of Being Angry

The Science of Being Angry by Nicole MellebyIntermediate, Middle School    Algonquin    288 pp.    g5/22    978-1-64375-037-8    $16.95e-book ed.  978-1-64375-286-0    $15.95Joey, eleven, is one of a set of triplets in a blended family with two moms, and she’s hardly ever thought about the sperm donor whose genes she has inherited. But her...

Review of Tía Fortuna’s New Home

Tía Fortuna’s New Home by Ruth Behar; illus. by Devon HolzwarthPrimary    Knopf    32 pp.    g1/22    978-0-593-17241-4    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-593-17242-1    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-17243-8    $10.99Estrella’s tía Fortuna must leave her casita in Miami’s Seaway before it is torn down. She is moving into La Casa de los Viejitos, a facility for seniors....

Review of Book of Questions / Libro de las preguntas: Selections / Selecciones

Book of Questions / Libro de las preguntas: Selections / Selecciones by Pablo Neruda; illus. by Paloma Valdivia; trans. from Spanish by Sara Lissa PaulsonPrimary, Intermediate    Enchanted Lion    80 pp.    g4/22    978-1-59270-322-7    $22.95This lavish volume includes excerpts from Neruda’s Libro de las preguntas in the original Spanish alongside new English...

Review of Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech

Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech by Ted Kooser and Connie Wanek; illus. by Richard Jones Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    72 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-5362-0303-5    $19.99 In free-verse poems in sections named for the four elements, former U.S. Poet ­Laureate Kooser and fellow poet Wanek use...

Review of My Fine Fellow

My Fine Fellow by Jennieke CohenHigh School    HarperTeen    352 pp.    g1/22    978-0-06-304753-2    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-304755-6    $9.99This clever, gender-swapped retelling of My Fair Lady is set in an alternate version of 1830s England ruled by Queen Charlotte (who, a historical note explains, was King George IV’s only heir but died before...

Review of Big Dreams, Small Fish

Big Dreams, Small Fish by Paula Cohen; illus. by the authorPrimary    Levine Querido    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-64614-126-5    $17.99It’s 1931 (per a wall calendar in an illustration), and Shirley’s family is struggling to get customers to try their store’s speciality: “The neighbors don’t know from good gefilte fish,” declares Mama. Shirley...

Review of Ellen Outside the Lines

Ellen Outside the Lines by A. J. SassIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    336 pp.    g3/22    978-0-7595-5627-0    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-7595-5630-0    $9.99The incoming eighth-grade Spanish students from Ellen Katz’s Georgia prep school take a summer field trip to Barcelona. Ellen, who is autistic, is sometimes overwhelmed by the surprises the trip presents,...

A verdant holiday smorgasbord

Today is Purim AND St. Patrick's Day.  And I had green jam. You think opportunities like that grow on trees?      Kiwi hamentaschen are pretty tasty, it turns out. (Three-cornered) hat tip to my jam-creating friend Michie, and to the Guide/Reviews Database for its subject search Holidays--Purim and 3 curated St....

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