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Review of Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards

Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards by Susan TanIntermediate, Middle School    Roaring Brook    256 pp.4/23    9781250797001    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250797018    $10.99Monica “Mo” Lin, a sixth-grade Chinese American girl, has moved with her mother and half-sister to the (fictional) small town of New Warren, Massachusetts, to live with her “aging Chinese hippie” great-uncle,...

Review of Night in the City

Night in the City by Julie Downing; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/23    9780823452064    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455188    $11.99While a child gets ready for bed, a father gets ready for work—as do other night-shift workers in the city. Readers follow the dad (a nurse) and eight others: a taxi...

Review of A Is for Australian Reefs

A Is for Australian Reefs by Frané Lessac; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.6/23    9781536228304    $18.99The multitude of species found in and around Australian coral reefs are showcased creatively in this vibrant alphabet book. Lessac (illustrator of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, rev. 11/18) uses the A, B, and C...

Review of Total Garbage

Total Garbage by Rebecca Donnelly; illus. by John HendrixIntermediate, Middle School    Holt    160 pp.3/23    9781250760388    $21.99e-book ed.  9781250760395    $11.99In this accessible overview of garbage, Donnelly’s trash talk supports an appealing conversational narrative. She asks readers to examine five questions, each addressed in its own chapter: “What is garbage, where does...

Review of Sunshine

Sunshine by Jarrett J. Krosoczka; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    240 pp.4/23    978133856328    $24.99Paper ed.  9781338356311    $14.99e-book ed.  9781338747621    $14.99This follow-up graphic memoir to Hey, Kiddo (rev. 9/18) is aesthetically similar to its predecessor but altogether different in subject and scope. Krosoczka chronicles his time at age...

Review of Rock, Rosetta, Rock! Roll, Rosetta, Roll!: Presenting Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock & Roll

Rock, Rosetta, Rock! Roll, Rosetta, Roll!: Presenting Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock & Roll by Tonya Bolden; illus. by R. Gregory ChristiePrimary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.2/23    9780062994387    $18.99Rosetta Tharpe’s (1915–1973) music would influence some of the biggest stars of the twentieth century—from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to Johnny...

Review of Warrior Girl Unearthed

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline BoulleyHigh School    Holt    400 pp.5/23    9781250766588    $19.99e-book ed.  9781250766595    $11.99Boulley returns to Sugar Island, Michigan, in 2014, ten years after the events of the multi-award-winning Firekeeper’s Daughter (rev. 5/21). This novel’s protagonist is Daunis’s sixteen-year-old niece, Perry Firekeeper-Birch. Perry reluctantly joins her more-driven twin sister,...

Review of Garvey’s Choice: The Graphic Novel

Garvey’s Choice: The Graphic Novel by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Theodore Taylor IIIIntermediate, Middle School    Wordsong/Astra    144 pp.6/23    9781662660023    $22.99Paper ed.  9781662660085    $12.99e-book ed.  9781662660092    $9.99“Why can’t he put those books down, play football or basketball?” Garvey’s father wants to turn him into an athlete, like his sister Angie, but...

Review of Parachute Kids

Parachute Kids by Betty C. Tang; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    Graphix/Scholastic    288 pp.4/23    9781338832693    $24.99Paper ed.  9781338832686    $12.99For many immigrant families, the American dream is a journey paved with countless obstacles; this struggle plays out in the lives of three Taiwanese siblings in Tang’s graphic novel. The story...
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