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Review of Caprice

Caprice by Coe Booth Middle School    Scholastic    240 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-545-93334-6    $17.99 Big changes are happening in Caprice’s life. After an exciting, eventful summer spent at a wealthy private boarding school’s leadership program, Caprice is offered a full scholarship to attend the following fall as...

Review of Violet & Jobie in the Wild

Violet & Jobie in the Wild by Lynne Rae Perkins; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate     Greenwillow    240 pp.    g 9/22     978-0-06-249969-1     $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-249971-4    $9.99 Mouse siblings Violet and Jobie live a cozy life in a human house where they are warm and comfortable,...

Review of Windswept

Windswept by Margi Preus; illus. by Armando Veve Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    304 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-4197-5824-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0504-7    $15.54 The time is the future. The “Powers-That-Be” are kidnapping children—using a meteorological weapon of windstorms that sweep them up, to then be sold to mountain trolls for profit....

Review of Children of the Stone City

Children of the Stone City by Beverley Naidoo Intermediate, Middle School     Quill Tree/HarperCollins    240 pp.         g10/22     978-0-06-309696-7     $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-309698-1    $11.99 White South African writer and apartheid fighter ­Naidoo ( Journey to Jo’burg , 1985) sets her novel in the fictional Stone City, where the...

Review of Odder


Review of Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend

Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend by Janet Costa Bates ; illus. by Gladys Jose Primary     Candlewick    128 pp.         g10/22     978-1-5362-1630-1     $16.99 Eight-year-old Rica (short for Frederica) Baptista desperately wants a pet. When she overhears a conversation that leads her to believe...

Review of A Seed in the Sun

A Seed in the Sun by Aida Salazar Intermediate, Middle School     Dial    273 pp.         g10/22     978-0-593-40660-1     $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-40661-8    $10.99 In this lyrical verse novel set in 1965 California, Lula has lost her voice. She can only speak in “a whispery rasp” that doesn’t help...

Review of The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum High School     Philomel    224 pp.         g9/22     978-0-5935-2582-1     $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-5935-2584-5    $10.99 Along with a small segment of their ultra-Orthodox community, fifteen-year-old Yehuda “Hoodie” Rosen’s family has recently moved from their predominantly Jewish town to another...

Review of The Star That Always Stays

The Star That Always Stays by Anna Rose Johnson Intermediate, Middle School     Holiday    224 pp.         g7/22     978-0-8234-5040-4     $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5289-7    $10.99 In her debut novel, Johnson (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) combines family history with an homage to such classics as Anne of...
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