Tanya D. Auger

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Review of Hidden Powers: Lise Meitner’s Call to Science

Hidden Powers: Lise Meitner’s Call to Science by Jeannine Atkins Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    288 pp.    g 1/22    978-1-6659-0250-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-6659-0252-6    $10.99 Another real-life, courageous, boundary-pushing woman gets some well-deserved attention in Atkins’s (Grasping M­ysteries, rev. 11/20; Finding Wonders, rev. 7/16) novel in verse. Readers first meet Jewish...

Review of We Are One: How the World Adds Up

We Are One: How the World Adds Up by Susan Hood; illus. by Linda Yan Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-5362-0114-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2785-7    $9.99 Math meets philosophy, as Hood views numbers, specifically groups of one to ten, through a unique and ­thought-provoking lens: the Aristotelian concept that...

Review of Etty Darwin and the Four Pebble Problem

Etty Darwin and the Four Pebble Problem by Lauren Soloy; illus. by the author Primary    Tundra    48 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-7352-6608-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-7352-6609-4    $10.99 Fairies, butterflies, foxes; belief, observation, evidence — there’s plenty to ponder and discuss with your father when he happens to be Charles Darwin, “one...

Review of What Are Little Girls Made Of?

What Are Little Girls Made Of? by Jeanne Willis; illus. by Isabelle Follath Primary    Nosy Crow/Candlewick    32 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-5362-1733-9    $14.99 What are little girls made of? More than “sugar and spice and everything nice” in Willis’s narrative-flipping revision of the classic rhyme. Her update? “Sun and rain and...

Review of Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid

Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid by Victoria Tentler-Krylov; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Orchard/Scholastic    48 pp.    g 12/20    978-1-338-28283-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-67489-7    $11.99 With fittingly bold, whimsical, flowing illustrations, this picture-book biography showcases Iraqi British architect Zaha Hadid, who “dreamed big and defied convention.” Born...

Review of Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier by Jim Ottaviani; illus. by Maris Wicks Middle School    First Second/Roaring Brook    168 pp. 2/20    978-1-62672-877-6    $19.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-76003-6    $12.99 At the attention-grabbing start of ­Ottaviani and Wicks’s second graphic ­collaboration (Primates, rev. 5/13), a series of panels shows a “famous astronaut” (gender...

Review of One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission

One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission by Katherine Johnson with Joylette Hylick and Katherine Moore; illus. by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow Primary    National Geographic Kids    48 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-4263-7193-6    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-4263-7194-3    $27.90 This picture-book biography isn’t just the story of NASA...

Review of Out the Door

Out the Door by Christy Hale; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-8234-4644-5    $18.99 Hale’s got a clever premise here — a this-is-how-I-get-to-school picture book written entirely with prepositional phrases that combine a direction or position with a location. The title page kicks things off...

Review of Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math

Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math by Jeannine Atkins Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    320 pp.    g 8/20    978-1-5344-6068-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-6070-6    $10.99 Atkins’s (Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science, rev. 7/16) latest collective biography in verse spotlights seven “women who used math to frame and solve problems, fix...
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