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Review of When the Sky Glows

When the Sky Glows by Nell Cross Beckerman; illus. by David Litchfield Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5344-5039-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-5040-0    $10.99 “Around the world, when morning comes…the sky glows.” But it also glows at times beyond sunrise and sunset, as Beckerman explains in four-page...

Review of Puffin

Puffin by Martin Jenkins; illus. by Jenni Desmond Primary     Candlewick    32 pp.     g 10/22     978-1-5362-2850-2     $17.99 Jenkins (Bird Builds a Nest, rev. 1/18; Beware of the Crocodile, rev. 3/19) again offers readers solid science in an entertaining package. The cover illustration of an Atlantic Puffin, beak...

Review of American Murderer: The Parasite That Haunted the South

American Murderer: The Parasite That Haunted the South [Medical Fiascoes] by Gail Jarrow Middle School, High School     Calkins/Astra    160 pp.    g 9/22     978-1-68437-815-9     $24.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63592-829-7    $14.99 Zoologist Charles Stiles discovered a new species of hookworm: Necator ­americanus , the titular “American murderer,” which affected a...

Review of Play like a Girl: A Graphic Memoir

Play like a Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Misty Wilson; illus. by David Wilson Intermediate, Middle School     HarperAlley/Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    272 pp.    g 9/22     978-0-06-306469-0     $22.99 Paper ed.  978-0-06-306468-3    $12.99 In this engaging graphic memoir, protagonist Misty is a fierce competitor who loves football: it combines strategy,...
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Review of Hanged!: Mary Surratt & the Plot to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln

Hanged!: Mary Surratt & the Plot to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln by Sarah Miller Middle School, High School     Random House Studio/Random    352 pp.       g11/22     978-0-593-18156-0     $18.99Library ed.  978-0-593-18157-7    $21.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-18158-4    $11.99 On April 14, 1865, just days after the conclusion of the Civil War, John...

Review of Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria

Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria by Muhammad Najem and Nora Neus ; illus. by Julie Robine ; color by Shin-Yeon Moon Intermediate     Little, Brown    320 pp.       g9/22     978-0-7595-5689-8     $24.99Paper ed.  978-0-7595-5690-4    $12.99e-book ed.  978-0-7595-5691-1    $9.99 Muhammad Najem was...
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Review of Maya’s Song

Maya’s Song by Renée Watson ; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary, Intermediate     Harper/HarperCollins    48 pp.       g9/22     978-0-06-287158-9     $19.99 In free-verse poems, Watson describes key experiences in Maya Angelou’s life. She highlights influential family members, such as Maya’s brother (a source of strength) and Momma (grandmother...
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Review of Covered in Color: Christo & Jeanne-Claude’s Fabrics of Freedom

Covered in Color: Christo & Jeanne-Claude’s Fabrics of Freedom by Elisa Boxer ; illus. by Susanna Chapman Primary     Abrams    48 pp.       g8/22     978-1-4197-5611-5     $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-64700-374-6    $15.54 This reverent picture-book biography of the art-world pair (focused mainly on Christo) begins with a formative moment in...
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Review of Einstein

Einstein by Jim Ottaviani ; illus. by Jerel Dye ; color by Alison Acton High School     First Second    304 pp.       g11/22     978-1-62672-876-9     $32.99 This thoroughly researched comic-format account of the world’s most well-known physicist is described by its author as “not so much a biography...
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