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Review of Tree. Table. Book.

Tree. Table. Book. by Lois LowryIntermediate    Clarion/HarperCollins    208 pp.4/24    9780063299504    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063299528    $9.99At the start of the story, eleven-year-old Sophia Henry Winslow presents three words to remember. “Listen carefully. This will be important…I’ll explain later.” Sophia is a keen observer, and readers benefit from her straightforward descriptions of her...

Review of Everyone Gets a Turn

Everyone Gets a Turn by Marianne Dubuc; illus. by the author; trans. from French by Celyn Harding-JonesPreschool, Primary    Princeton Architectural    64 pp.3/24    9781797227290    $18.99When four animals discover an egg while playing in the forest one day, they decide to take turns caring for it. At Mouse’s house, the egg begins...

Review of 49 Days

49 Days by Agnes Lee; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    Levine/Levine Querido    352 pp.3/24    9781646143740    $24.99Paper ed.  9781646143757    $18.99The Buddhist belief that the soul goes through “a state between life and rebirth” for forty-nine days before crossing over provides the intriguing structure for Lee’s debut graphic novel. The...

Review of Mid-Air

Mid-Air by Alicia D. Williams; illus. by Danica NovgorodoffMiddle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    320 pp.4/24    9781481465830    $17.99e-book ed.  9781481465854    $10.99“Be like water,” Isaiah says. “Always,” Darius replies. These are the final words the boys say to each other before Darius takes off on his bicycle to break the Guinness world record for...

Review of The Queen of Thieves

The Queen of Thieves [Moonwind Mysteries] by Johan Rundberg; trans. from Swedish by A. A. Prime Intermediate, Middle School    Amazon Crossing Kids    207 pp. 3/24    9781662509629    $17.99 Paper ed.  9781662509612    $9.99 In this sequel to The Night Raven (rev. 9/23), young detective Mika has reason to suspect that some of...

Review of One Big Open Sky

One Big Open Sky by Lesa Cline-Ransome Intermediate, Middle School    Holiday    240 pp. 3/24    9780823450169    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780823457496    $10.99 In 1879, Lettie’s African American family begins a westward journey from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nebraska, where her father seeks a better life for them. “We can’t live free / on...

Review of Orris and Timble: The Beginning

Orris and Timble: The Beginning by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by Carmen Mok Primary    Candlewick    80 pp. 4/24    9781536222791    $16.99 e-book ed.  9781536237191    $16.99 Orris the rat lives a quiet, reclusive life nestled in the wall of an abandoned barn. He papers his hideaway with stories from discarded books, tends to...

Review of The Door Is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community by 11 Desi Voices

The Door Is Open: Stories of Celebration and Community by 11 Desi Voices edited by Hena Khan Intermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    336 pp. 4/24    9780316450638    $17.99 e-book ed.  9780316450836    $9.99 Focused on a community center in the fictional town of Maple Grove, New Jersey, this powerful collection of short...

Review of Max in the House of Spies

Max in the House of Spies [Operation Kinderspion]by Adam GidwitzIntermediate, Middle School    Dutton    336 pp.2/24    9780593112083    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593112090    $10.99From the moment eleven-year-old Max Bretzfeld arrives in England as a Jewish evacuee from WWII Germany (accompanied by two immortal, opinionated, and invisible-to-others creatures, a kobold and a dybbuk), his overriding...
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