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Review of Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira

Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams    48 pp.10/23    9781419764585    $19.99e-book ed.  9781647008253    $15.54Spanish ed.  9781419768507    $19.99In his accessibly written picture-book biography of Manoel dos Reis Machado (1899–1974), known as Mestre Bimba, Tonatiuh (A Land of Books, rev. 1/23,...

Empowering tales

Oppressive patriarchal systems are to everyone’s detriment. The protagonists of these six novels for middle- and high-school readers do what they can to take back their power. See also our Women’s History Month tag and Women’s History Month 2024 coverage. Plan A by Deb Caletti High School    Labyrinth Road/Random    416...

Across so many years

These four historical novels for intermediate and middle-school readers bring to life the journeys of female protagonists from a wide range of points in history. See also “Learning from history” from the January 2023 Notes issue and “Living through history” from the July 2022 issue, plus our Women’s History Month...

Express yourself

In honor of Women’s History Month, coming up in March, here are eight picture-book biographies about women in the arts. See also our Five Questions interview with Dean Robbins and Susanna Chapman about The Fastest Drummer: Clap Your Hands for Viola Smith!, Guide/Reviews Database section The Arts, and our Women’s...

Review of The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman

The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman by Mari LoweIntermediate, Middle School    Levine Querido    176 pp.11/23    9781646142644    $18.99Sixth grader Shaindy feels invisible at school, so when popular Gayil invites her to sneak into the building together and help with pranks against their classmates, she can’t resist the allure of the shared...

Review of My Grandfather’s Song

My Grandfather’s Song by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên; illus. by the authorsPrimary    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.10/23    9780593488614    $18.99Library ed.  9780593488621    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593488638    $10.99At the beginning of the story, a grandson and grandfather stand with their palms pressed together, bowing in reverence to the jungle....

Review of Shipwrecked!: Diving for Hidden Time Capsules on the Ocean Floor

Shipwrecked!: Diving for Hidden Time Capsules on the Ocean Floor by Martin W. SandlerIntermediate    Astra    144 pp.10/23    9781662602047    $24.99e-book ed.  9781662602054    $14.99Sandler turns his attention to shipwrecks and marine archaeology, selecting seven shipwrecks that collectively present the excitement of solving the mysteries of where each one lies, the latest excavation...

Review of Duel

Duel by Jessixa Bagley; illus. by Aaron BagleyMiddle School    Simon    320 pp.11/23    9781534496552    $24.99Paper ed.  9781534496545    $14.99e-book ed.  9781534496569    $10.99Fantasy-loving Lucy and her perfectionist older sister, Gigi, have been fighting ever since their dad’s passing. When Gigi, a popular eighth grader, trips Lucy in the lunchroom on her first day...

Review of Letters in Charcoal

Letters in Charcoal by Irene Vasco; illus. by Juan Palomino; trans. from Spanish by Lawrence SchimelPrimary    Lantana    32 pp.9/23    9781915244512    $18.99An unnamed narrator relates how she learned to read as a child in her coastal Afro-Colombian pueblo. In Palenque: “Letters were in kitchens, on tables, and right in front of...
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