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Review of I’ll Say Goodbye

I’ll Say Goodbye by Pam Zollman; illus. by Frances IvesPrimary    Eerdmans    40 pp.    g3/22    978-0-8028-5499-5    $17.99“It’s not fair. I never got to say goodbye.” This first-person account of bereavement is narrated by a child helping to care for a beloved uncle who is undergoing cancer treatment. When Uncle Mike is...

Review of Telling Stories Wrong

Telling Stories Wrong by Gianni Rodari; illus. by Beatrice Alemagna; trans. from Italian by Antony ShugaarPrimary    Enchanted Lion    40 pp.    g6/22    978-1-59270-360-9    $17.95“Once upon a time, there was a girl who was called Little Yellow Riding Hood.” “No, red!” “…Her mother said: Now go to Aunt Hildegard’s house and take...

Review of Alone like Me

Alone like Me by Rebecca Evans; illus. by the authorPrimary    Schwartz/Random    40 pp.    g4/22    978-0-593-18192-8    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-593-18193-5    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-18194-2    $10.99Life becomes challenging for Liling after her family moves from the rural mountains to a crowded city in China. Without new hùko˘u (residency) papers, she can’t go to school,...

Review of From the Tops of the Trees

From the Tops of the Trees by Kao Kalia Yang; illus. by Rachel Wada Primary, Intermediate    Carolrhoda    32 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-5415-8130-2    $17.99 “Father, is all of the world a refugee camp?” In sensitive and empowering words, Yang speaks about historical truths and shares her own childhood story with readers. Born...

Review of Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma

Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma by Joanna Ho; illus. by Teresa Martinez Primary, Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-06-299454-7    $17.99 “Feet planted on the soil of one nation, eyes gazing at the shores of another,” runs the refrain of this book, which uses one incident...

Review of My Tree

My Tree by Hope Lim; illus. by Il Sung Na Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-8234-4338-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5055-8    $11.99 A young boy from Korea moves to America and finds a “tall, crooked, quiet” old plum tree in his new backyard that reminds him of his persimmon tree...

Review of Grandpa Across the Ocean

Grandpa Across the Ocean by Hyewon Yum; illus. by the author Preschool    Abrams    40 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-4197-4225-5    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-312-8    $15.29 A young Korean American boy travels across the ocean to visit his grandfather in South Korea. Everything is strange there. “It smells strange. It sounds strange.” Grandpa...

Review of I Dream of Popo

I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne; illus. by Julia Kuo Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-250-24931-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-81995-6    $10.99 The protagonist of this emotion-filled story is a little girl in Taiwan who loves her popo, or grandmother. She dreams with Popo, walks with her in...

Review of Wishes

Wishes by Mượn Thị Văn; illus. by Victo Ngai Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-338-30589-0    $18.99 A little girl living in an unsafe place watches her grandfather out the window. “The night wished it was quieter,” reads the text. With a page-turn: “The bag wished it was deeper,” as...

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