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Review of The Wrong Way Home

The Wrong Way Home by Kate O’ShaughnessyIntermediate, Middle School    Knopf    336 pp.4/24    9780593650738    $17.99Library ed.  9780593650745    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593650752    $10.99Since narrator Fern was six, she and her mother have lived on the Ranch, an isolated “sustainable futurist community” in upstate New York. Now twelve, Fern is completely accustomed to the...

Review of Joyful Song: A Naming Story

Joyful Song: A Naming Story by Lesléa Newman; illus. by Susan GalPreschool, Primary    Levine/Levine Querido    40 pp.5/24    9781646143702    $18.99It’s Zachary’s baby sister’s first Shabbat, and the whole family is on their way to the synagogue for her naming ceremony. As they bump into people throughout their diverse neighborhood, a sweet...

Review of The Robbery

The Robbery by Joaquín Camp; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Berbay    40 pp.5/24    9781922610706    $18.99Thief 1, Thief 2, and Thief 3 have a simple plan: they will dig a tunnel and rob a bank. But even the best-laid plans require better navigational skills than those possessed by this trio, and...

Review of Things That Shimmer

Things That Shimmer by Deborah LakritzIntermediate, Middle School    Kar-Ben    272 pp.4/24    9781728476261    $19.99In this novel set in 1973, all seventh grader Melanie wants is to be one of the popular Shimmers. As her best friend, Vicky, seems to be having more success achieving that goal than Melanie is, the sudden...

Review of Listen to This

Listen to This by Jennifer BlecherIntermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    224 pp.3/24    9780063140738    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063140752    $10.99This story of shifting friendships follows two seventh graders: Lily, who feels left out now that Maddie and Sasha are on an elite soccer team together; and Will, who has a crush on Lily and...

What Poetry's For

It’s not just for nurseries. It’s not just for rhymes. It’s stories. It’s feelings. It’s wonders and crimes. Poetry’s for you. You read it. You hear it. You rap or you slam. So be into meter (as iamb, iamb!)— jump into the bounce that a pattern contains— or throw out...

Purim 2024/5784

Purim begins Saturday night! As this year’s hamantaschen are yet to be baked, the ones shown here are last year’s…but in the spirit of the holiday, they’re in disguise as 2024/5784 hamantaschen. (I did enjoy a delicious Nutella-filled one from Tatte last weekend, but it sadly — or happily for...

Review of One of a Kind: The Life of Sydney Taylor

One of a Kind: The Life of Sydney Taylor by Richard Michelson; illus. by Sarah GreenPrimary    Calkins/Astra    40 pp.2/24    9781635925319    $18.99e-book ed.  9781635925494    $11.99Sydney Taylor (1904–1978), born Sarah Brenner, was the author of the All-of-a-Kind Family novels, known as the first Jewish children’s books to be popular with a mainstream...

Review of The Book That Almost Rhymed

The Book That Almost Rhymed by Omar Abed; illus. by Hatem AlyPrimary    Dial    40 pp.3/24    9780593406380    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593406397    $10.99Our narrator was proud to have written a book in rhyme…and then little sister came along with her crayon and ruined it. Or did she? Frustrated, the narrator tries to tell...

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