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Review of The Seventh Direction: A Legend of Creation

The Seventh Direction: A Legend of Creation by Kevin Locke; illus. by Kristy CameronPrimary    Medicine Wheel    48 pp.3/24    9781778540134    $18.95Renowned Indigenous storyteller Locke (Lakota and Anishinabe) provides an engaging retelling of a Lakota legend. Wakȟáŋ Tȟáŋka (the Great Spirit) creates the world in seven days. After sending power to the...

Review of The Enigma Girls: How Ten Teenagers Broke Ciphers, Kept Secrets, and Helped Win World War II

The Enigma Girls: How Ten Teenagers Broke Ciphers, Kept Secrets, and Helped Win World War II by Candace FlemingMiddle School, High School    Focus/Scholastic    384 pp.3/24    9781338749571    $19.99e-book ed.  9781338749588    $19.99Bletchley Park, a World War II cryptology center, operated in the English countryside where an extensive and complicated code-breaking operation allowed...

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 Let’s Go!

Let’s Go! by Julie Flett; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Greystone Kids    40 pp.5/24    9781771646109    $19.95Every day, a child watches other kids skateboarding past the window and wishes to join them. After receiving Mom’s old skateboard, the child can now practice at the skatepark for real. At first unsure about...

Review of Home

Home by Isabelle Simler; illus. by the author; trans. from French by Vineet Lal Primary, Intermediate    Eerdmans    64 pp. 3/24    9780802856203    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781467467544    $18.99 Simler takes on the perspectives of twenty-seven creatures who share the intricacies of their homes in this eye-catching French import. Each entry features a...

Review of The Astrochimps: America’s First Astronauts

The Astrochimps: America’s First Astronauts by Dawn CusickIntermediate, Middle School    Chicago Review    216 pp.2/24    9781641608954    $19.99e-book ed.  9781641608978    $12.99Chimpanzees were “America’s first astronauts,” but what did their missions entail, and how did their voyages help NASA send humans into space? Cusick’s well-researched look at the primates’ training and flights provides...

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 Bunny Should Be Sleeping

Bunny Should Be Sleeping by Amy Hest; illus. by Renata LiwskaPreschool    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/24    9780823453412    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457441    $11.99Bunny has been lying awake in bed—when he should be sleeping—waiting for Dad to check on him. The youngster’s expressive body language and his impatience (“Come on, Dad! Check on me, check...

Review of Nothing: John Cage and 4’33”

Nothing: John Cage and 4’33” by Nicholas Day; illus. by Chris Raschka Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 4/24    9780823454099    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780823457601    $11.99 The very definition of music is explored in this thoughtful look at Cage’s (1912–1992) controversial musical composition, 4'33", a work that debuted with a pianist “performing” four...
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