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Review of The Greatest Song of All: How Isaac Stern United the World to Save Carnegie Hall

The Greatest Song of All: How Isaac Stern United the World to Save Carnegie Hall by Megan Hoyt; illus. by Katie HickeyPrimary, Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    40 pp.   g7/22    978-0-06-304527-9    $18.99This picture-book biography tells the story of virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern, with an emphasis on his commitment to preserving the...

Review of Burn Down, Rise Up

Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent TiradoHigh School    Sourcebooks Fire    352 pp.   g5/22    978-1-7282-4600-0    $18.99In this horror novel grounded in a real-world setting, sixteen-year-old Raquel’s life is upended when her friend disappears—part of a pattern of unexplained ­disappearances—and her mother is hospitalized due to a mysterious illness. Raquel is...

Review of Berry Song

Berry Song by Michaela Goade; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g7/22    978-0-316-49417-5    $18.99In Goade’s (Caldecott Medalist for We Are Water Protectors, rev. 7/20) latest picture book, set “on an island at the edge of a wide, wild, sea,” a Tlingit grandmother teaches her granddaughter “how to live...

Review of If You’re a Kid like Gavin

If You’re a Kid like Gavin by Gavin Grimm and Kyle Lukoff; illus. by J YangPrimary    Tegen/HarperCollins    40 pp.   g7/22    978-0-06-305756-2    $18.99This timely picture book by activist Grimm, with help from author Lukoff (When Aidan Became a Brother, rev. 7/19) and artist Yang, tells the true story of young...

Review of Murder for the Modern Girl

Murder for the Modern Girl by Kendall KulperHigh School    Holiday    464 pp.   g5/22    978-0-8234-4972-9    $19.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5287-3    $11.99There’s an “angel killer” stalking the streets in this flapper-era dark fantasy set in late-1920s Chicago. Ruby ­Newhouse only strikes men with bad intentions, and since she happens to have telepathic abilities,...

Review of See You Someday Soon

See You Someday Soon by Pat Zietlow Miller; illus. by Suzy LeePreschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.    g6/22    978-1-250-22110-0    $19.99“Someday soon, I’ll see you. Even though you are there. And I am here. So very far apart. I want to see you now, of course. Right this minute.” In a...

Review of Hope Is an Arrow: The Story of Lebanese American Poet Kahlil Gibran

Hope Is an Arrow: The Story of Lebanese American Poet Kahlil Gibran by Cory McCarthy; illus. by Ekua HolmesPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.   g6/22    978-1-5362-0032-4    $18.99In this picture-book biography, readers are introduced to artist and poet Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931), whose work The Prophet is one of the most widely translated...

Review of Fish and Wave

Fish and Wave [I Can Read!: Comics]by Sergio Ruzzier; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    48 pp.   g5/22    978-0-06-307667-9    $16.99Paper ed.  978-0-06-307666-2    $4.99Fish (Fish and Sun, rev. 9/21) wakes up early to search for a new friend, and the first potential pal he finds is a wave. Wave starts...

Review of Luli and the Language of Tea

Luli and the Language of Tea by Andrea Wang; illus. by Hyewon YumPreschool    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g5/22    978-0-8234-4614-8    $18.99While adults attend an ESL class, their children go to a playroom next door. The room is full but quiet; no one speaks the same language, and all the kids play separately....
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