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Review of Nothing: John Cage and 4’33”

Nothing: John Cage and 4’33” by Nicholas Day; illus. by Chris Raschka Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 4/24    9780823454099    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780823457601    $11.99 The very definition of music is explored in this thoughtful look at Cage’s (1912–1992) controversial musical composition, 4'33", a work that debuted with a pianist “performing” four...

Endless summer reading

If you’ve (beach-)combed through our 2024 Summer Reading Recommendations list and you’re still looking for more, maybe one of these five page-turning books for readers in middle and/or high school belongs in your beach bag. Four Eids and a Funeral by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and Adiba Jaigirdar High School    Feiwel    336 pp....

Review of Taming Papa

Taming Papa by Mylène Goupil; trans. from French by Shelley TanakaIntermediate    Groundwood    160 pp.3/24    9781773067230    $16.99e-book ed.  9781773067247    $14.99Mélie lives alone with her mother, Sofia, until one day they receive a phone call informing them that Sami (Mélie’s father) will be released from prison. This is the first Mélie has...

Review of The Color of Sound

The Color of Sound by Emily Barth IslerIntermediate, Middle School    Carolrhoda    336 pp.3/24    9781728487779    $19.99At twelve years old, Rosie is a violin prodigy who can hear whole works of music in her head and has played Carnegie Hall twice. She also has synesthesia and can see music in colors, textures,...

Review of The Dream Catcher

The Dream Catcher by Marcelo Verdad; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.5/24    9780316330664    $18.99Spanish ed.  9780316566513    $8.99Miguel and his abuelito wake early to work; the grandfather sells cold coconuts from a small, wheeled cart, and the boy sells dream catchers he makes, a craft that reminds him of...

Review of Rumi: Poet of Joy and Love

Rumi: Poet of Joy and Love by Rashin Kheiriyeh; illus. by the authorPrimary    NorthSouth    40 pp.3/24    9780735845442    $19.95Young readers are introduced to the thirteenth-century poet, Islamic scholar, and Sufi mystic Rumi in this accessible picture-book biography that spans much of its subject’s childhood and adult life. Rumi develops his love...

Review of Swimming into Trouble

Swimming into Trouble [Julia on the Go!]by Angela Ahn; illus. by Julie KimPrimary, Intermediate    Tundra    176 pp.2/24    9781774881880    $12.99e-book ed.  9781774881897    $7.99The rec center is nine-year-old Julia Nam’s second home: it’s where her parents’ restaurant, Sushi to Go, is located, as well as the library and the swimming pool where...

Review of The House Before Falling into the Sea

The House Before Falling into the Sea by Ann Suk Wang; illus. by Hanna Cha Primary    Dial    40 pp. 3/24    9780593530153    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780593530160    $10.99 In this picture book set in 1950, Kyung lives with her family in a seaside house in the southeastern Korean coastal city of Busan....

Review of Time to Make Art

Time to Make Art by Jeff Mack; illus. by the authorPrimary    Holt    48 pp.1/24    9781250864666    $19.99There are many misconceptions about what art is and what it should do. An inquisitive brown-skinned girl wants to know more about art and asks a series of simple yet profound questions about it. Each...

Review of Memory Garden

Memory Garden by Zohreh Ghahremani; illus. by Susie GhahremaniPrimary    Godwin/Holt    40 pp.2/24    9781250843036    $18.99Memory and connections with the “old country” can be important parts of the experience for immigrant families. In this story, a young girl helps her Iranian (as identified in the back matter) grandmother, Nana, tend her garden,...

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