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Review of The Secrets of Cricket Karlsson

The Secrets of Cricket Karlsson by Kristina Sigunsdotter; illus. by Ester Eriksson; trans. from Swedish by Julia MarshallIntermediate    Gecko    112 pp.   g5/22    978-1-77657-427-8    $18.99Eleven-year-old Cricket keeps a journal describing her turmoil after a bout of chicken pox that kept her home from school for two weeks. During that time...

Review of Break This House

Break This House by Candace IlohHigh School    Dutton    224 pp.   g2/22    978-0-525-55623-7    $17.99Estranged from her mother and twin sister, ­sixteen-year-old Minah learns about her mom’s death through a Facebook invitation to a family reunion and memorial. Minah, now living with her father in Brooklyn, returns to her hometown of...

Review of Breda’s Island

Breda’s Island by Jessie Ann FoleyIntermediate, Middle School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    256 pp.   g7/22    978-0-06-320772-1    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-320775-2    $10.99Breda didn’t believe her single mother would really send her from Chicago to Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula for the summer if she got caught stealing again, but her theft of a classmate’s gym...

Review of The Well

The Well by Jake Wyatt; illus. by ChooMiddle School, High School    First Second    176 pp.   g5/22    978-1-250-81652-8    $24.99Paper ed.  978-1-626-72414-3    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-87842-7    $11.99This post-apocalyptic, archipelago-set graphic novel teems with atmosphere and angst, in addition to gutsy witches, mysterious curses, and horrifying monsters. Teenage ­Li-Zhen, or Lizzy, is a...

Review of Shadow Grave

Shadow Grave by Marina CohenIntermediate    Roaring Brook    288 pp.   g5/22    978-1-250-78300-4    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-78301-1    $9.99As his younger sister, Lola, loves to point out, twelve-year-old Arlo is afraid of everything. He has significant reasons to be anxious: his mother has just recovered from cancer; his father (divorced, with a new...

Review of Howl

Howl by Shaun David HutchinsonHigh School    Simon    432 pp.   g4/22    978-1-5344-7092-7    $19.99e-book. ed.  978-1-5344-7094-1    $10.99Hutchinson’s latest offering (The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried, rev. 3/19; Before We ­Disappear, rev. 11/21) is another engaging blend of realism with fantasy and absurdity. Bleeding profusely from the wounds of...

Review of The Silence That Binds Us

The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna HoHigh School    HarperTeen    448 pp.   g6/22    978-0-06-305934-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-305936-8    $12.99This sensitive novel does an impressive balancing act, examining mental illness and its stigma among Asian Americans while weaving in themes of racism and grief. San Francisco area teen Maybelline Chen’s world...

Review of Only on the Weekends

Only on the Weekends by Dean AttaHigh School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    560 pp.   g5/22    978-0-06-315798-9    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-315800-9    $12.99This novel in verse follows the first romantic relationship experiences of a Black, queer, fat teenage boy learning to find love and acceptance within himself. Mack lives in London with his...

Review of Growing Pangs

Growing Pangs by Kathryn Ormsbee; illus. by Molly Brooks; color by Bex Glendining and Elise SchuenkeIntermediate    Random    256 pp.   g5/22    978-0-593-30128-9    $20.99Library ed.  978-0-593-30129-6    $23.99Paper ed.  978-0-593-30131-9    $12.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-30130-2    $8.99Rising sixth graders Katie and Kacey, both homeschooled during the year, head to summer camp. Though Katie loves being...

Review of Echoes of Grace

Echoes of Grace by Guadalupe García McCallHigh School    Tu/Lee & Low    384 pp.   g6/22    978-1-64379-425-9    $21.95Sisters Grace (Graciela) and Mercy (Mercedes) have had a strong bond ever since their mother’s death when they were little. But now, as they make plans to go to college together, tragedy strikes again,...

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