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Reviews of the Week

Each week we publish four brand-new reviews of books people are — or should be — talking about. Look for recommended picture books on Mondays, fiction on Tuesdays, nonfiction on Wednesdays, and poetry and audiobooks on Thursdays.

Review of Saving Winslow

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech Intermediate    Cotler/HarperCollins    165 pp. 9/18    978-0-06-257070-3    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-257072-7    $17.89 e-book ed.  978-0-06-257073-4    $9.99 Creech interweaves the stories of three fragile babies. Two strands are backstories, and one is front, center, present, and loud. Louie had been a premature baby. Now he’s eleven, but the family story of his […]

Review of Dreamers

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 9/18    978-0-8234-4055-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4125-9    $18.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-8234-4258-4    $18.99 Two pairs of eyes shine from the cover of Morales’s book — the infant’s eyes brilliant with curiosity, his mother’s gaze pensive. These two “migrantes” arrive on “the other side, / thirsty, in […]

Review of If You Come Softly audiobook

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson; read by Jorjeana Marie, Guy Lockard, and Jacqueline Woodson High School    Listening Library 3 CDs    3.72 hrs    978-0-525-63790-5    $45.00 The twentieth anniversary audiobook of Woodson’s novel opens with her heartfelt introduction about the persistent relevance of this tragic story about an interracial teen couple, Jeremiah (Miah) and Ellie. […]

Review of We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson; illus. by various artists Intermediate, Middle School    Crown    88 pp. 9/18    978-0-525-58042-3    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-58043-0    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-58044-7    $10.99 The Hudsons (founders of Just Us Books) created this timely and powerful anthology to help young people face […]

Review of Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier Intermediate    Amulet/Abrams    358 pp. 9/18    978-1-4197-3140-2    $18.99 As a “climbing girl” in Victorian London, forced up into dangerous, narrow chimneys to sweep out the soot for her abusive master, Wilkie Crudd, Nan Sparrow leads a miserable life. But she has precious memories of […]

Review of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell; illus. by Frané Lessac Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp. 9/18    978-1-58089-772-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-633-9    $9.99 “Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude. It is a reminder to celebrate our blessings and reflect on struggles — daily, throughout the year, and across the seasons.” An extended family engages with […]

Review of Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow Intermediate, Middle School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills    142 pp. 8/18    978-1-62979-776-2    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-68437-143-3    $9.99 In 1938, on the night before Halloween, an American radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells’s […]

Review of Give the Dark My Love

Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis Middle School, High School    Razorbill/Penguin    451 pp.    g 9/18    978-1-595-14717-2    $17.99 When Nedra leaves home for Yûgen Academy to study medical alchemy, she’s most focused on curing the Wasting Death, a plague that begins with blackened necrotic extremities, only sometimes responding to the amputation of the affected […]

Review of Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween

Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk; illus. by the author Primary    Simon    48 pp. 7/18    978-1-4814-3059-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-3060-9    $10.99 In his second holiday-themed adventure (Samurai Santa, rev. 11/15), young ninja Yukio faces a familiar Halloween-night dilemma: how to handle a tagalong sibling. Doting little sis Kashi emulates all of Yukio’s […]

No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas

No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas by Tonya Bolden; illus. by Don Tate Primary, Intermediate    Knopf    40 pp.    g 10/18    978-0-385-75276-3    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-385-75277-0    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-385-75278-7    $10.99 This informational picture book spotlights the life, work, and legacy of African American farmer and businessman Junius G. Groves (1858?–1925), […]