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Review of Honey and Me

Honey and Me by Meira DrazinIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    304 pp.10/22    9781338155433    $17.99Milla and Honey are best friends who spend time together at synagogue but have always attended different Orthodox schools. When Honey and her siblings transfer to narrator Milla’s school at the beginning of sixth grade, the colliding worlds...

Review of When the Angels Left the Old Country

When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb High School    Levine Querido    408 pp. 10/22    9781646141760    $19.99 In this expansive queer tale that marries historical fiction with inventive world-building based on Jewish folklore, a demon called Little Ash (short for Ashmedai) and an angel who takes on different...

Review of The Infinite Questions of Dottie Bing

The Infinite Questions of Dottie Bing by Molly B. Burnham; illus. by Fanny LiemIntermediate    Dial    208 pp.1/23    9780593406663    $17.99e-book ed.  9780593406670    $10.99Ten-year-old Dottie’s treehouse-construction plans are interrupted when Grandpa Walter shows up at the family’s front door, a Chock full o’Nuts coffee can in tow. Mourning the recent loss of...

Review of The Carrefour Curse

The Carrefour Curse by Dianne K. SalerniIntermediate, Middle School    Holiday    224 pp.1/23    9780823452675    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455027    $10.99This spooky, dark, and utterly delicious tale begins with a bang: protagonist Garnet is vomiting up frogs, a pestilence that will ease only when she returns to Crossroad House, the house her mother grew...

Review of Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim

Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim by Patricia ParkHigh School    Crown    304 pp.2/23    9780593563373    $18.99Library ed.  9780593563380    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593563397    $10.99“Who is the ‘real’ Alejandra Kim?” A high school senior at an affluent prep school, she has her heart set on attending the prestigious but expensive Whyder College...

Review of Sisters of the Lost Marsh

Sisters of the Lost Marsh by Lucy StrangeIntermediate, Middle School    Chicken House/Scholastic    304 pp.1/23    9781338686463    $18.99Because of a (fictional) traditional rhyme that claims—or threatens—six motherless sisters’ destinies according to birth order, their violent, often-drunk Dadder trades the beautiful eldest, Grace, as wife in exchange for a horse. When Grace escapes...

Review of Wolfish

Wolfish by Christiane M. AndrewsIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    416 pp.11/22    9780316496063    $16.99e-book ed.  9780316496070    $9.99A boy, born eleventh in line to the crown, finds himself to be first after a series of mysterious and unlikely accidents—and then he becomes king. Alba, an oracle’s apprentice, is stricken by the way...

Review of Sincerely Sicily

Sincerely Sicily by Tamika BurgessIntermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    304 pp.1/23    9780063159600    $17.99e-book ed.  9780063159624    $8.99Sicily Jordan had been excited about starting sixth grade with her friend group, the “Tether Squad” (including coordinated “outfits for almost the entire first month”). A last-minute redistricting plan means she has to transfer to Shirley...

Review of Buffalo Flats

Buffalo Flats by Martine LeavittMiddle School, High School    Ferguson/Holiday    240 pp.4/23    9780823443420    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823443758    $9.99Based on family history, Leavitt’s coming-of-age story is set in an 1890s Mormon settler community in Southern Alberta, Canada, at the eastern edges of the Rockies, and focuses on seventeen-year-old Rebecca. In an opening both...
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