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Review of Hope in the Valley

Hope in the Valley by Mitali PerkinsMiddle School    Farrar    304 pp.7/23    9780374388515    $17.99e-book ed.  9780374388508    $10.99The former orchard across from Pandita Paul’s home, dilapidated though it may be, holds a special place in the thirteen-year-old’s heart. It’s where she and her late mother used to spend time: “Ashar Jaiga, as...

Review of Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon by Sharon G. FlakeIntermediate, Middle School    Knopf    336 pp.7/23    9780593480984    $17.99Library ed.  9780593480991    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593481004    $10.99In sparkling free verse, Flake delivers a rich and compassionate story of family love centered on forgiveness. Eleven-year-old James Henry and his twin sister, Hattie Mae, live with their...

Review of How to Stay Invisible

How to Stay Invisible by Maggie C. RuddMiddle School    Farrar    240 pp.6/23    9780374390334    $17.99e-book ed.  9780374390341    $10.99“Most people didn’t live in hollowed-out trees behind their middle school,” but twelve-year-old Raymond does. A seventh grader at River Mill Middle School in North Carolina, he had lived in a rented trailer with...

Review of Wishing Season

Wishing Season by Anica Mrose RissiIntermediate, Middle School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    240 pp.6/23    9780063258907    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063258921    $10.99When the school bus drops Lily off after the last day of fifth grade, four months after the death of her twin brother, Anders, her loneliness is so palpable that even the birds express...

Review of Frontera

Frontera by Julio Anta; illus. by Jacoby SalcedoMiddle School, High School    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    240 pp.7/23    9780063054950    $26.99Paper ed.  9780063054943    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063054967    $11.99In this graphic novel with supernatural elements, high-achieving teenager Mateo has grown up in Phoenix, Arizona, and only learned recently that his family was undocumented. After the family’s deportation...

Review of In the Tunnel

In the Tunnel by Julie LeeMiddle School, High School    Holiday    304 pp.5/23    9780823450398    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455294    $11.99This companion novel to Lee’s Brother’s Keeper tells the story of Kim Myung-gi and his family from the end of Japan’s occupation of Korea through Russia’s invasion to the start of the Korean War....

Review of Picture Day

Picture Day by Sarah Sax; illus. by the authorMiddle School    Knopf    288 pp.6/23    9780593306888    $20.99Paper ed.  9780593306871    $13.99Library ed.  9780593306895    $23.99e-book ed.  9780593306901    $8.99Tween relationships and identity development are the focus of this engaging contemporary graphic novel. It is middle-school picture day, and Viv is determined to make her mark....

Review of I’d Rather Burn than Bloom

I’d Rather Burn than Bloom by Shannon C. F. RogersHigh School    Feiwel    320 pp.7/23    9781250845665    $19.99e-book ed.  9781250845672    $11.99When Marisol Martin’s mother, with whom she had a difficult relationship, dies in a car crash, Marisol and her family are plunged into grief they don’t know how to begin to process....

Review of Those Pink Mountain Nights

Those Pink Mountain Nights by Jen FergusonHigh School    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    352 pp.9/23    9780063086210    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063086234    $10.99Kiki, who is Black and Cree, has been gone for five months when the book begins, and the police have stopped looking for her. Her friend and fellow First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Association...
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