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Review of Orris and Timble: The Beginning

Orris and Timble: The Beginning by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by Carmen Mok Primary    Candlewick    80 pp. 4/24    9781536222791    $16.99 e-book ed.  9781536237191    $16.99 Orris the rat lives a quiet, reclusive life nestled in the wall of an abandoned barn. He papers his hideaway with stories from discarded books, tends to...

Review of The Door Is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community by 11 Desi Voices

The Door Is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community by 11 Desi Voices edited by Hena Khan Intermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    336 pp. 4/24    9780316450638    $17.99 e-book ed.  9780316450836    $9.99 Focused on a community center in the fictional town of Maple Grove, New Jersey, this powerful collection of short...

Review of Max in the House of Spies

Max in the House of Spies [Operation Kinderspion]by Adam GidwitzIntermediate, Middle School    Dutton    336 pp.2/24    9780593112083    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593112090    $10.99From the moment eleven-year-old Max Bretzfeld arrives in England as a Jewish evacuee from WWII Germany (accompanied by two immortal, opinionated, and invisible-to-others creatures, a kobold and a dybbuk), his overriding...

Review of Monti and Leo: A Newcomer in Pocketville

Monti and Leo: A Newcomer in Pocketville by Sylvie Kantorovitz; illus. by the authorPrimary    Walker US/Candlewick    80 pp.4/24    9781536222777    $16.99Monti the mole has a morning routine: go the bakery, stop at the library, and then rest on his favorite rock beside the river. One day, his routine is interrupted when...
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Review of Sunny Parker Is Here to Stay

Sunny Parker Is Here to Stay by Margaret FinneganIntermediate    Atheneum    288 pp.4/24    9781665930086    $17.99e-book ed.  9781665930109    $10.99Eleven-year-old Sunny Parker lives with her father, the manager and handyman of Del Mar Garden Apartments, an affordable housing complex. She had anticipated that the summer before middle school would be boring but is...
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Review of Force of Nature: A Novel of Rachel Carson

Force of Nature: A Novel of Rachel Carson by Ann E. Burg; illus. by Sophie BlackallIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    304 pp.3/24    9781338883381    $19.99e-book ed.  9781338883404    $19.99In this first-person novel in verse, Burg (Serafina’s Promise, rev. 9/13) imagines the life of the groundbreaking environmentalist from age eleven through adulthood. Rachel possesses...
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Review of 49 Days

49 Days by Agnes Lee; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Levine/Levine Querido    352 pp.3/24    9781646143740    $24.99Paper ed.  9781646143757    $18.99The Buddhist belief that the soul goes through “a state between life and rebirth” for forty-nine days before crossing over provides the intriguing structure for Lee’s debut graphic novel. The...
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Review of Sheine Lende: A Prequel to Elatsoe

Sheine Lende: A Prequel to Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger; illus. by Rovina CaiMiddle School, High School    Levine/Levine Querido    400 pp.4/24    9781646143795    $19.99Cryptids and Fae abound in the slightly off-kilter version of 1970s Texas that serves as the setting for this prequel to Elatsoe (rev. 9/20). Seventeen-year-old Shane and her...
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Review of On All Other Nights: A Passover Celebration in 14 Stories

On All Other Nights: A Passover Celebration in 14 Stories edited by Chris Baron, Joshua S. Levy, and Naomi Milliner; illus. by Shannon HochmanIntermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    304 pp.3/24    9781419767296    $18.99e-book ed.  9781647009779    $17.09In this collection of fourteen Passover-themed tales by different authors—Laurel Snyder, Adam Gidwitz, Veera Hiranandani, among others—one...
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