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Review of Once upon a Book

Once upon a Book by Grace Lin and Kate Messner; illus. by Grace LinPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.2/23    9780316541077    $18.99Cold sleet is falling, and the protagonist of this home-and-back-again adventure tale, Alice, is stuck inside, bored. Then she spots a book on the floor and starts to read: “Once...

Review of Bomb (Graphic Novel): The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

Bomb (Graphic Novel): The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; illus. by Nick BertozziMiddle School, High School    Roaring Brook    256 pp.1/23    9781250206732    $24.99Paper ed.  9781250206749    $17.99Sheinkin’s work of award-winning narrative nonfiction (Bomb, rev. 11/12) is here sharpened by the author’s own graphic adaptation—and portrayed through...

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 Dark on Light

Dark on Light by Dianne White; illus. by Felicita Sala Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp. 12/22    9781534487895    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781534487901    $10.99 “Gentle the evening. Sweeping the skies. / Dark the shadows as twilight arrives. / Rose the horizon, gleaming and bright. / Twilight and evening and dark on...

Review of The Indestructible Tom Crean: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic

The Indestructible Tom Crean: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic by Jennifer Thermes; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Viking    56 pp.1/23    9780593117729    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593117736    $11.99The little-known subject of this enthralling picture-book biography, Tom Crean (1877–1938), first went to Antarctica as a last-minute replacement, signing on as an able seaman on...

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 City Under the City

City Under the City by Dan Yaccarino; illus. by the author Primary    Minedition/Astra    64 pp. 11/22    9781662650895    $17.99 e-book ed.  9781662650901    $10.99 This unusual picture-book adventure stars one small girl who thwarts authority, starts a revolution, and saves the world. The futuristic tale plays out in three parts. The first...

Review of The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey

The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey by Jason Chin; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 12/22    9780823450701    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780823454310    $11.99 Chin follows his acclaimed Your Place in the Universe (rev. 11/20) with an equally stellar exploration of the tiniest components of matter conceptualized by...

Review of The Hope of Elephants

The Hope of Elephants by Amanda Rawson HillIntermediate    Charlesbridge    480 pp.9/22    9781623542597    $17.99e-book ed.  978163289863    $10.99How does a family live with recurring cancer? Would you want to know if you had that same cancer gene? These questions anchor a powerful verse novel in which twelve-year-old Cass copes with her dad’s...
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