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Review of My Tree

My Tree by Hope Lim; illus. by Il Sung Na Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-8234-4338-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5055-8    $11.99 A young boy from Korea moves to America and finds a “tall, crooked, quiet” old plum tree in his new backyard that reminds him of his persimmon tree...

Review of Dream Street

Dream Street by Tricia Elam Walker; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary, Intermediate, Middle School   Schwartz/Random    32 pp.    g 11/21    978-0-525-58110-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-58111-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-58112-3    $10.99 Dream Street: a microcosm of the African Diaspora where relationships matter and dreams thrive. It’s “the best street in the world,”...

Review of The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    208 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-5362-1552-6    $16.99 When it becomes clear that unathletic Yevgeny is not going to follow in the footsteps of his figure-skating-whiz older brother Victor, their...

Review of The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson; illus. by Nikkolas Smith Primary, Intermediate    Kokila/Penguin    48 pp.    g 11/21    978-0-593-30735-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30737-3    $11.99 The book begins with a premise many African American families know well: a child gets an assignment at school that...

Review of Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon High School    Delacorte    304 pp.    g 6/21    978-1-5247-1896-1    $19.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1897-8    $22.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1898-5    $10.99 When her parents get a divorce due to her dad’s infidelity, Evie is thoroughly disillusioned with the notion of love. A chance encounter while disposing of her...

Horn BOO! 2021

Cows that go boo? Vampenguins? Poultrygeist? While our annual roundup of recommended picture books for the season features some unusual characters, we’ve also got plenty of pumpkins, ghouls, and treats to set the eerie mood. For more spooktacular reads, visit hbook.com/HalloweenBooks. Trick or Treat, Crankenstein by Samantha Berger; illus. by...

Review of Bright Star

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-8234-4328-4    $18.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-8234-4784-8    $18.99 Morales’s (Dreamers, rev. 9/18) latest sensitive and evocative picture book opens with a wide-eyed whitetail fawn curled up in a creosote bush, guilelessly peeking up at the reader....

Review of Is Was

Is Was by Deborah Freedman; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Atheneum    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-5344-7510-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7511-3    $10.99 Freedman’s ethereal picture book tackles the slippery nature of impermanence through simple observations of the natural world. A small yellow bird flits across a pale blue sky and...

Review of Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

Have You Ever Seen a Flower? by Shawn Harris; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-4521-8270-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4521-8292-6    $11.99 The child in Harris’s pencil illustrations first appears as a bright patch of color within a grayscale cityscape and then emerges into a rainbow...
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