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Review of Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma

Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma by Joanna Ho; illus. by Teresa Martinez Primary, Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-06-299454-7    $17.99 “Feet planted on the soil of one nation, eyes gazing at the shores of another,” runs the refrain of this book, which uses one incident...

Review of Maybe...

Maybe… by Chris Haughton; illus. by the author Preschool    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-5362-2024-7    $17.99 A grown-up monkey heads into the jungle, leaving three small monkeys up high in a tree. “Now remember…Whatever you do, do NOT go down to the mango tree. There are tigers down there.” You...

Review of New in Town

New in Town by Kevin Cornell; illus. by the author Primary    Farrar    40 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-374-30609-0    $18.99 Here’s a classic David vs. Goliath tale, with a twist — or possibly more than one. The town of Puddletrunk, a higglety-pigglety, near-vertical construction on a tiny circle of land, is separated...

Review of Red

Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 10/21    978-0-8234-4712-1    $18.99 In Green (rev. 3/12), author-illustrator Seeger paired a color concept book with an ecological theme, following it some years later with Blue (rev. 9/18), which similarly united a consideration of color with...

Review of The Beatryce Prophecy

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by Sophie Blackall Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    256 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-5362-1361-4    $19.99 As this rich and absorbing novel opens, Brother Edik finds a sick girl in the barn of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing, curled up with the “demon goat”...

Review of A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi

A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James Yang; illus. by the author Primary    Viking    40 pp.    g 6/21    978-0-593-20344-6    $17.99 “If you are a boy named Isamu,” begins this invented vignette of the childhood of artist Isamu Noguchi, “at the market with your mother, it can...

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 We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire

We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire by Joy McCullough; illus. by Maia Kobabe High School    Dutton    400 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-525-55605-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-55607-7    $10.99 When the frat boy who raped her sister, Nor, is found guilty in court, Em feels vindicated and amazed, for it was...
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