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Review of Caprice

Caprice by Coe Booth Middle School    Scholastic    240 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-545-93334-6    $17.99 Big changes are happening in Caprice’s life. After an exciting, eventful summer spent at a wealthy private boarding school’s leadership program, Caprice is offered a full scholarship to attend the following fall as...

Review of Violet & Jobie in the Wild

Violet & Jobie in the Wild by Lynne Rae Perkins; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate     Greenwillow    240 pp.    g 9/22     978-0-06-249969-1     $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-249971-4    $9.99 Mouse siblings Violet and Jobie live a cozy life in a human house where they are warm and comfortable,...

Review of Windswept

Windswept by Margi Preus; illus. by Armando Veve Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    304 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-4197-5824-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0504-7    $15.54 The time is the future. The “Powers-That-Be” are kidnapping children—using a meteorological weapon of windstorms that sweep them up, to then be sold to mountain trolls for profit....

Review of Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls

Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls by Atinuke; illus. by Onyinye Iwu Primary, Intermediate     Candlewick    96 pp.    g 9/22     978-1-5362-2517-4     $15.99 Tola, in spite of her young age and diminutive stature, accomplishes big things in this sequel to Too Small Tola (rev. 3/21). In...

Review of Black Bird, Blue Road

Black Bird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack Middle School    Versify/HarperCollins    320 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-358-57203-9    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-57188-9    $9.99 In the Jewish empire of Khazaria, twelve-year-old Ziva is the only one willing to go near her twin brother, Pesah, who has leprosy (with symptoms described in vivid detail, as...

Review of Oh, Sal

Oh, Sal by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Primary    Greenwillow    122 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-06-324492-4    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-324495-5    $10.99 This third, stand-alone installment of the Miller family saga (The Year of Billy Miller, rev. 9/13, and sequel) is told from four-year-old Sal’s point of view. It’s New Year’s...

Review of The Door of No Return

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander Middle School    Little, Brown    397 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-316-44186-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-44206-0    $9.99 Alexander’s (The Crossover, rev. 5/14; The Undefeated, rev. 3/19) latest verse novel, the first in a projected trilogy, is historical fiction set in 1860, in an Asante Kingdom...

Review of Merci Suárez Plays It Cool

Merci Suárez Plays It Cool by Meg Medina Middle School    Candlewick    346 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5362-1946-3    $18.99 The final installment of the trilogy (beginning with Merci Suárez Changes Gears, rev. 9/18) opens at the start of eighth grade, with Merci disappointed not to be assigned any classes with her close...

Review of Attack of the Black Rectangles

Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    263 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-338-68052-2    $17.99 Sixth grader Mac Delaney isn’t sure what to expect after being assigned to Ms. Sett’s class. She’s famous—“as famous as a person can get in our town”—for writing letters to the...
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