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Review of The Real Story

The Real Story by Sergio Ruzzier; illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams Appleseed    32 pp.10/23    9781419755262    $16.99e-book ed.  9781647003463    $15.29Cat finds an empty cookie jar smashed on the floor and demands an explanation from Mouse, who just happens to be reading a book next to a plate with a sprinkling of...

Review of Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira

Game of Freedom: Mestre Bimba and the Art of Capoeira by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams    48 pp.10/23    9781419764585    $19.99e-book ed.  9781647008253    $15.54Spanish ed.  9781419768507    $19.99In his accessibly written picture-book biography of Manoel dos Reis Machado (1899–1974), known as Mestre Bimba, Tonatiuh (A Land of Books, rev. 1/23,...

Review of The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman

The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman by Mari LoweIntermediate, Middle School    Levine Querido    176 pp.11/23    9781646142644    $18.99Sixth grader Shaindy feels invisible at school, so when popular Gayil invites her to sneak into the building together and help with pranks against their classmates, she can’t resist the allure of the shared...

Review of My Grandfather’s Song

My Grandfather’s Song by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên; illus. by the authorsPrimary    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.10/23    9780593488614    $18.99Library ed.  9780593488621    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593488638    $10.99At the beginning of the story, a grandson and grandfather stand with their palms pressed together, bowing in reverence to the jungle....

Review of Shipwrecked!: Diving for Hidden Time Capsules on the Ocean Floor

Shipwrecked!: Diving for Hidden Time Capsules on the Ocean Floor by Martin W. SandlerIntermediate    Astra    144 pp.10/23    9781662602047    $24.99e-book ed.  9781662602054    $14.99Sandler turns his attention to shipwrecks and marine archaeology, selecting seven shipwrecks that collectively present the excitement of solving the mysteries of where each one lies, the latest excavation...

Review of Duel

Duel by Jessixa Bagley; illus. by Aaron BagleyMiddle School    Simon    320 pp.11/23    9781534496552    $24.99Paper ed.  9781534496545    $14.99e-book ed.  9781534496569    $10.99Fantasy-loving Lucy and her perfectionist older sister, Gigi, have been fighting ever since their dad’s passing. When Gigi, a popular eighth grader, trips Lucy in the lunchroom on her first day...

Review of Letters in Charcoal

Letters in Charcoal by Irene Vasco; illus. by Juan Palomino; trans. from Spanish by Lawrence SchimelPrimary    Lantana    32 pp.9/23    9781915244512    $18.99An unnamed narrator relates how she learned to read as a child in her coastal Afro-Colombian pueblo. In Palenque: “Letters were in kitchens, on tables, and right in front of...

Review of There Was a Party for Langston

There Was a Party for Langston by Jason Reynolds; illus. by Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett PumphreyPrimary    Dlouhy/Atheneum    56 pp.10/23    9781534439443    $18.99e-book ed  9781534439450    $10.99An intriguing photograph of writers Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka dancing at a party at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture...

Review of An Impossible Thing to Say

An Impossible Thing to Say by Arya ShahiHigh School    Allida/HarperCollins    416 pp.9/23    9780063248359    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063248373    $10.99In this verse novel set in 2001, tenth grader Omid Soltani isn’t comfortable in his own skin. As the child of Iranian immigrants living in Arizona, he feels foreign at school (especially in the...
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