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Review of Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canalby Margarita EngleMiddle School    Houghton    260 pp.3/14    978-0-544-10941-4    $17.99    gOf the thousands of people from around the world who helped build the Panama Canal, the voices of the dark-skinned workers have been seldom heard. Known as the “silver people” because they were paid in...

Review of The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the 
Fight for Civil Rights

The Port Chicago 50:Disaster, Mutiny, and the 
Fight for Civil Rightsby Steve SheinkinMiddle School    Roaring Brook    190 pp.1/14    978-1-59643-796-8    $19.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-59643-983-2    $9.99Sheinkin follows Bomb (rev. 11/12) with an account of another aspect of the Second World War, stemming from an incident that seems small in scope but whose...

Review of A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery

A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown’s War Against Slaveryby Albert MarrinMiddle School, High School    Knopf    234 pp.4/14    978-0-307-98152-3    $19.99Library ed.  978-0-307-98153-0    $22.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-385-75340-1    $10.99According to the prologue, John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry helped “set the stage for the Civil War.” His violent actions raise an issue...

Review of The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolfby Ambelin KwaymullinaMiddle School, High School    Candlewick    371 pp.4/14    978-0-7636-6988-1    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-7636-7225-6    $17.99In this Australian import, Ashala Wolf is head of the Tribe, a group of refugees deemed Illegals because of their supernatural abilities, which the government claims threaten the world’s fragile Balance. Some...

Review of Tap Tap Boom Boom

Tap Tap Boom Boomby Elizabeth Bluemle; 
illus. by G. Brian KarasPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.3/14    978-0-7636-5696-6    $16.99Many picture books about storms are set in the country (e.g., Shetta Crum’s Thunder-Boomer!, rev. 7/09), but this one takes place in the big city. Bluemle uses rhymes and rhythms to convey the sudden...

Review of Half a Chance

Half a Chanceby Cynthia LordIntermediate    Scholastic    218 pp.3/14    978-0-545-03533-0    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-545-62083-3    $16.99When twelve-year-old Lucy enters a photography contest, she must decide whether or not to send in her very best photo — a picture of her new friend Nate’s grandmother, whose life has become punctuated with moments of dementia...

Review of Galápagos George

Galápagos Georgeby Jean Craighead George; 
illus. by Wendell MinorPrimary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.4/14    978-0-06-028793-1    $15.99    gJean Craighead George begins the evolutionary story of the tortoises on Galápagos archipelago with a single female, Giantess George, and asks readers to extrapolate from the life cycle of that one animal to the development of...

Review of Queen Victoria’s 
Bathing Machine

Queen Victoria’s 
Bathing Machineby Gloria Whelan; 
illus. by Nancy CarpenterPrimary    Wiseman/Simon    40 pp.4/14    978-1-4169-2753-2    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-4424-5885-7    $12.99How could Queen Victoria get into the sea on a hot day? Modesty decreed that she mustn’t be seen in her bathing costume. It’s Prince Albert to the rescue with a queen-sized...

Review of Here Comes the Easter Cat

Here Comes the Easter Catby Deborah Underwood; 
illus. by Claudia RuedaPreschool    Dial    80 pp.1/14    978-0-8037-3939-0    $16.99    gCat discovers an advertisement for the Easter Bunny’s arrival on the front endpapers of this witty offering, and from the very first page he is unhappy about it. The text addresses Cat directly throughout...

Review of Feral Curse

Feral Curse [Feral]by Cynthia Leitich SmithHigh School    Candlewick    259 pp.2/14    978-0-7636-5910-3    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-7636-7040-5    $17.99Secret werecat Kayla chooses Valentine’s Day to reveal her true nature to her boyfriend, Ben. He reacts badly, to put it mildly: he runs away from Kayla, is hit by lightning on the antique carousel in...

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