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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 Hot Dog

Hot Dog by Doug Salati; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-593-30843-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30844-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30845-5    $10.99 It’s a hot time in the city. A small, low-slung pup greets the morning from the window of a narrow NYC...

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 Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual

Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Frank Morrison Primary, Intermediate     Crown    32 pp.     g 9/22     978-0-593-30634-5     $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30635-2    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30636-9    $10.99 This is a moving walk through African American...

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 Three Strike Summer

Three Strike Summer by Skyler Schrempp Intermediate     McElderry    320 pp.         g8/22     978-1-5344-9914-0     $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-9916-4    $10.99 Evicted from their Oklahoma farm in the midst of the Dust Bowl, the Willard family strikes out for California looking for work as migrant pickers. Scrappy Gloria Mae, the...

Review of Frizzy

Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega ; illus. by Rose Bousamra Intermediate     First Second    224 pp.         g10/22     978-1-250-25962-2     $21.99Paper ed.  978-1-250-25963-9    $12.99 In a graphic novel that takes on antiblackness and colorism, every Sunday Marlene must sit for hours at the beauty salon while her naturally...
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