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Review of One Day This Tree Will Fall

One Day This Tree Will Fall by Leslie Barnard Booth; illus. by Stephanie Fizer ColemanPreschool, Primary    McElderry    40 pp.3/24    9781534496965    $18.99e-book ed.  9781534496972    $10.99“LOOK AT IT. Wounded, worn, twisted, torn. / One day this tree will fall / and this story will end. / Won’t it?” So begins this Pacific...

Review of So Let Them Burn

So Let Them Burn [Divine Traitors]by Kamilah ColeHigh School    Little, Brown    400 pp.1/24    9780316534635    $19.99e-book ed.  9780316534840    $12.99Seventeen-year-old Faron is the Childe Empyrean, blessed five years ago to wield the power of her island’s gods. Now that San Irie’s war against the colonizing Langlish and their dragons is won, Faron...

Review of My Block Looks Like

My Block Looks Like by Janelle Harper; illus. by Frank MorrisonPreschool, Primary    Viking    40 pp.1/24    9780593526309    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593526316    $10.99Harper and Morrison’s vibrant picture book focuses on a Black tween girl’s trip through her city neighborhood on her way to a dance audition. She leaps—sometimes exuberantly blowing a pink bubble-gum...

Review of Black Girl You Are Atlas

Black Girl You Are Atlas by Renée Watson; illus. by Ekua HolmesMiddle School, High School    Kokila/Penguin    96 pp.2/24    9780593461709    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593461716    $10.99This poetry collection masterfully encapsulates Watson’s experience of Black girlhood and womanhood. Through an array of poetic styles, she weaves together her personal reflections, celebrating the multifaceted nature...

Review of Jimmy’s Rhythm & Blues: The Extraordinary Life of James Baldwin

Jimmy’s Rhythm & Blues: The Extraordinary Life of James Baldwin by Michelle Meadows; illus. by Jamiel LawPrimary, Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    48 pp.1/24    9780063273474    $19.99In this picture-book biography, Meadows’s expressive free verse beautifully contributes to an engaging narrative about Baldwin’s (1924–1987) literary prowess and staunch activism, making his story accessible to young...

Review of Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem

Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem [Blue Stars] by Kekla Magoon and Cynthia Leitich Smith; illus. by Molly Murakami Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    176 pp. 3/24    9781536204995    $22.99 Paper ed.  9781536228663    $12.99 e-book ed.  9781536237368    $12.99 In their first graphic novel collaboration, Magoon and Smith introduce readers to cousins Riley...

Review of All That Grows

All That Grows by Jack Wong; illus. by the authorPrimary    Groundwood    32 pp.3/24    9781773068121    $19.99e-book ed.  9781773068138    $16.99Nature walks and gardening result in an introspective child thinking small (and big) thoughts about the natural world in this quiet, poetic account, effectively told in the first person. The narrator’s sister, experienced...

Review of Hello: How Nüwa Created the World

Hello: How Nüwa Created the World by Viola Wang; illus. by the author Primary    Little Bee    40 pp. 2/24    9781499814927    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781499814934    $9.99 This story (inspired by the Chinese myth of Nüwa, who crafted humankind) takes readers and listeners on a journey back to a time “when the...

Review of Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet

Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet by Nicola Davies; illus. by Emily Sutton Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 3/24    9781536231410    $18.99 Davies showcases the important role that plants play on Earth as consumers of carbon, producers of oxygen, and mitigators of the effects of human-induced global warming. The...
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