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Review of Sometimes I Feel like an Oak

Sometimes I Feel like an Oak by Danielle Daniel; illus. by Jackie TraversePrimary    Groundwood    32 pp.4/24    9781773066981    $19.99e-book ed.  9781773066998    $16.99Daniel’s (Sometimes I Feel like a Fox; Sometimes I Feel like a River) latest offering invites readers to commune with trees. Short first-person verses assign attributes to twelve different trees...
      

Review of Ruth Asawa: An Artist Takes Shape

Ruth Asawa: An Artist Takes Shape by Sam Nakahira; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    Getty    112 pp.3/24    9781947440098    $19.95This graphic-format biography of Japanese American artist Asawa (1926–2013) begins on December 7, 1941, as teenage Ruth and her farming family hear that Japan has attacked Pearl Harbor. Soon the FBI...
      

Review of Everyone Gets a Turn

Everyone Gets a Turn by Marianne Dubuc; illus. by the author; trans. from French by Celyn Harding-JonesPreschool, Primary    Princeton Architectural    64 pp.3/24    9781797227290    $18.99When four animals discover an egg while playing in the forest one day, they decide to take turns caring for it. At Mouse’s house, the egg begins...
      

Review of With Dad

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With Dad by Richard Jackson; illus. by Brian FlocaPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.5/24    9780823444953    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455362    $11.99“In Michigan country on a two-rut road along a stream called the upper South Branch of the Au Sable River,” a young boy sits on his father’s lap in a red Jeep, two sets...
      

Review of The Seventh Direction: A Legend of Creation

The Seventh Direction: A Legend of Creation by Kevin Locke; illus. by Kristy CameronPrimary    Medicine Wheel    48 pp.3/24    9781778540134    $18.95Renowned Indigenous storyteller Locke (Lakota and Anishinabe) provides an engaging retelling of a Lakota legend. Wakȟáŋ Tȟáŋka (the Great Spirit) creates the world in seven days. After sending power to the...
      

Review of The Enigma Girls: How Ten Teenagers Broke Ciphers, Kept Secrets, and Helped Win World War II

The Enigma Girls: How Ten Teenagers Broke Ciphers, Kept Secrets, and Helped Win World War II by Candace FlemingMiddle School, High School    Focus/Scholastic    384 pp.3/24    9781338749571    $19.99e-book ed.  9781338749588    $19.99Bletchley Park, a World War II cryptology center, operated in the English countryside where an extensive and complicated code-breaking operation allowed...
      

Review of 49 Days

49 Days by Agnes Lee; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Levine/Levine Querido    352 pp.3/24    9781646143740    $24.99Paper ed.  9781646143757    $18.99The Buddhist belief that the soul goes through “a state between life and rebirth” for forty-nine days before crossing over provides the intriguing structure for Lee’s debut graphic novel. The...
      

Review of Let’s Go!

Let’s Go! by Julie Flett; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Greystone Kids    40 pp.5/24    9781771646109    $19.95Every day, a child watches other kids skateboarding past the window and wishes to join them. After receiving Mom’s old skateboard, the child can now practice at the skatepark for real. At first unsure about...
      

Review of The Astrochimps: America’s First Astronauts

The Astrochimps: America’s First Astronauts by Dawn CusickIntermediate, Middle School    Chicago Review    216 pp.2/24    9781641608954    $19.99e-book ed.  9781641608978    $12.99Chimpanzees were “America’s first astronauts,” but what did their missions entail, and how did their voyages help NASA send humans into space? Cusick’s well-researched look at the primates’ training and flights provides...
      

Review of Mid-Air

Mid-Air by Alicia D. Williams; illus. by Danica NovgorodoffMiddle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    320 pp.4/24    9781481465830    $17.99e-book ed.  9781481465854    $10.99“Be like water,” Isaiah says. “Always,” Darius replies. These are the final words the boys say to each other before Darius takes off on his bicycle to break the Guinness world record for...
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