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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 Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert Middle School, High School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    224 pp.    g 10/21    978-0-06-305666-4    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-305668-8    $9.99 On May 30, 1921 — just over one hundred years ago — a young Black...

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 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...
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