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Review of The Last Plastic Straw: A Plastic Problem and Finding Ways to Fix It

The Last Plastic Straw: A Plastic Problem and Finding Ways to Fix It [Books for a Better Earth] by Dee Romito; illus. by Ziyue Chen Primary    Holiday    40 pp. 2/23    9780823449491    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780823455133    $11.99 A fascinating history of straws morphs into a call to action. The first two-thirds...

Review of Unraveller

Unraveller by Frances HardingeMiddle School, High School    Amulet/Abrams    432 pp.1/23    9781509836970    $19.99e-book ed.  9781647005627    $15.54In a magical land where anger grows like an egg inside certain people until it bursts into a destructive curse, quick-tempered Kellen has a special talent: through persistent sleuthing and his own lively intuition, he can...

Review of Once upon a Book

Once upon a Book by Grace Lin and Kate Messner; illus. by Grace LinPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.2/23    9780316541077    $18.99Cold sleet is falling, and the protagonist of this home-and-back-again adventure tale, Alice, is stuck inside, bored. Then she spots a book on the floor and starts to read: “Once...


The Islamic month of Ramadan is a solemn holiday of fasting, charity, and additional prayer, culminating in the joyous feasting of Eid al-Fitr. Ramadan mubarak to those observing, and Happy Eid! We’d like to call your attention to archived reading suggestions from our friends at KitaabWorld, who used to review...

Review of Bomb (Graphic Novel): The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

Bomb (Graphic Novel): The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; illus. by Nick BertozziMiddle School, High School    Roaring Brook    256 pp.1/23    9781250206732    $24.99Paper ed.  9781250206749    $17.99Sheinkin’s work of award-winning narrative nonfiction (Bomb, rev. 11/12) is here sharpened by the author’s own graphic adaptation—and portrayed through...

Review of Honey and Me

Honey and Me by Meira DrazinIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    304 pp.10/22    9781338155433    $17.99Milla and Honey are best friends who spend time together at synagogue but have always attended different Orthodox schools. When Honey and her siblings transfer to narrator Milla’s school at the beginning of sixth grade, the colliding worlds...

Review of Dark on Light

Dark on Light by Dianne White; illus. by Felicita Sala Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp. 12/22    9781534487895    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781534487901    $10.99 “Gentle the evening. Sweeping the skies. / Dark the shadows as twilight arrives. / Rose the horizon, gleaming and bright. / Twilight and evening and dark on...

Céad míle fáilte!

Céad míle fáilte to all those celebrating St. Patrick's Day today. We've updated three Guide/Reviews Database booklists recommending books for primary, intermediate, and older readers on all things Irish. Sláinte!...

Review of All About Nothing

All About Nothing by Elizabeth Rusch; illus. by Elizabeth GossPreschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.4/23    9781623543525    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632893222    $9.99Rusch’s thought-provoking text begins: “Nothing is the space around and between everything.” The presence of nothing, cued by plain white areas in the cut-paper illustrations, appears first as physical space: the gap...
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