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Review of Tiger Daughter

Tiger Daughter by Rebecca LimMiddle School, High School    Delacorte    192 pp.8/23    9780593648971    $17.99Library ed.  9780593648988    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593648995    $10.99Two “migrant kids”—first-generation immigrants to Australia from China—aspire to escape their dysfunctional lives and constricted futures by being accepted to a prestigious, government-funded high school. Wen Li Zhou, thirteen, and her best...

Review of The Hurricane Girls

The Hurricane Girls by Kimberly Willis HoltIntermediate, Middle School    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    288 pp.8/23    9780316326094    $16.99e-book ed.  9780316326285    $9.99During their first year attending middle school in New Orleans, Greer, Joya Mia, and Kiki become inseparable friends when they collaborate on a project interviewing neighbors and family members about the impact of...

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 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 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 Wishing Season

Wishing Season by Anica Mrose RissiIntermediate, Middle School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    240 pp.6/23    9780063258907    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063258921    $10.99When the school bus drops Lily off after the last day of fifth grade, four months after the death of her twin brother, Anders, her loneliness is so palpable that even the birds express...

Review of Nigeria Jones

Nigeria Jones by Ibi ZoboiHigh School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    384 pp.5/23    9780062888846    $19.99e-book ed.  9780062888860    $12.99Sixteen-year-old Nigeria is expected to lead the youth of the Movement (which is “like a small African West Philly village in the big, white state of Pennsylvania”) and model what it means to be a...

Review of Gossamer Summer

Gossamer Summer by H. M. Bouwman Intermediate    Atheneum    192 pp. 5/23    9781665912532    $17.99 e-book ed.  9781665912556    $10.99 It’s summer, and ten-year-old Jojo and her three sisters have to entertain themselves because their romance-novel writer mom has a book due (“Mom on deadline was not nearly as fun as Mom not...

Review of Only Only Marisol Rainey

Only Only Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Greenwillow    160 pp.5/23    9780062970480    $18.99e-book ed.  9780062970503    $10.99In her third adventure, Marisol (Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey, rev. 5/21, and sequel) helps her friend Felix learn to ride a bicycle, navigates her best friend Jada’s jealousy that Marisol...
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