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Review of Tiger Daughter

Tiger Daughter by Rebecca LimMiddle School, High School    Delacorte    192 pp.8/23    9780593648971    $17.99Library ed.  9780593648988    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593648995    $10.99Two “migrant kids”—first-generation immigrants to Australia from China—aspire to escape their dysfunctional lives and constricted futures by being accepted to a prestigious, government-funded high school. Wen Li Zhou, thirteen, and her best...

Review of Spanish Is the Language of My Family

Spanish Is the Language of My Family by Michael Genhart; illus. by John ParraPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.7/23    9780823450046    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455454    $11.99Spanish ed.  9780823454464    $18.99Genhart highlights the love between a grandson and his abuela through their connection with the Spanish language. Narrator Manolo signs up to compete in his school’s...

Review of The Hurricane Girls

The Hurricane Girls by Kimberly Willis HoltIntermediate, Middle School    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    288 pp.8/23    9780316326094    $16.99e-book ed.  9780316326285    $9.99During their first year attending middle school in New Orleans, Greer, Joya Mia, and Kiki become inseparable friends when they collaborate on a project interviewing neighbors and family members about the impact of...

Review of Penny & Pip

Penny & Pip by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric RohmannPreschool  Dlouhy/Atheneum    40 pp.6/23    9781665913317    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665913324    $10.99Rohmann returns to the natural history museum setting of his debut, Time Flies, but this outing is far cozier than that 1995 Caldecott Honor Book. It’s just as fanciful, though. Penny, a brown-skinned...

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 In the Night Garden

In the Night Garden by Carin Berger; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.7/23    9780823449866    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455379    $11.99Berger’s (Finding Spring, rev. 1/15) soothing, rhythmic text guides readers through the wonders of a garden at night, directly addressing them in hushed tones: “If you are very patient and very...

Review of 83 Days in Mariupol: A War Diary

83 Days in Mariupol: A War Diary by Don Brown; illus. by the authorHigh School    Clarion/HarperCollins    128 pp.5/23    9780063311565    $22.99e-book ed.  9780063311589    $10.99Here’s a rare chronicle of a contemporary, ongoing war. This comic-format “war diary” isn’t told from the viewpoint of any one person, although individual perspectives are plentifully represented...

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 The Book of Turtles

The Book of Turtles by Sy Montgomery; illus. by Matt PattersonPrimary, Intermediate    Clarion/HarperCollins    40 pp.5/23    9780358458074    $19.99“Sometime around 240 million years ago—about the time of the first dinosaurs, and 9 million years before the first crocodile—the shell invented the turtle.” With this cheekily thought-provoking opening sentence, acclaimed science writer Montgomery...
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