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Review of Glitter Everywhere!: Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going

Glitter Everywhere!: Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going by Chris Barton; illus. by Chaaya PrabhatPrimary    Charlesbridge    48 pp.6/23    9781623542528    $19.99Barton explores glitter, a source of fascination (and frustration), diving into the science, history, and entrepreneurship that created the material we know today. He doesn’t shy...

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 Martina Has Too Many Tías

Martina Has Too Many Tías by Emma Otheguy; illus. by Sara PalaciosPrimary    Atheneum    40 pp.6/23    9781534445369    $18.99e-book ed.  9781534445376    $10.99Spanish ed.  9781534445840    $18.99In this expert picture-book riff on the classic Caribbean folktale “La Cucaracha Martina,” Otheguy celebrates big families with room for all types of dispositions. Introverted, story-loving Martina is...

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...

Review of How to Stay Invisible

How to Stay Invisible by Maggie C. RuddMiddle School    Farrar    240 pp.6/23    9780374390334    $17.99e-book ed.  9780374390341    $10.99“Most people didn’t live in hollowed-out trees behind their middle school,” but twelve-year-old Raymond does. A seventh grader at River Mill Middle School in North Carolina, he had lived in a rented trailer with...

Review of Before, Now

Before, Now by Daniel Salmieri; illus. by the authorPrimary    Rocky Pond/Penguin    48 pp.6/23    9780593461976    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593461983    $10.99Salmieri delivers a moving intergenerational story using opposites as its central conceit. Opening pages show a view of Earth from space, reading: “In the dark sky floats a bright planet.” The page-turn zooms...
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