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Review of Healer and Witch

Healer and Witch by Nancy WerlinMiddle School    Candlewick    304 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5362-1956-2    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2457-3    $19.99Werlin’s new novel is cause for celebration—for its sleek, sharp prose; intelligent ideas; and precise characterization, to name but a few of its attributes. Set in 1531 France, this is the tale of Sylvie, an...

Review of Endlessly Ever After: Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings!

Endlessly Ever After: Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings! by Laurel Snyder; illus. by Dan SantatPrimary, Intermediate    Chronicle    88 pp.    g4/22    978-1-4521-4482-5    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-7972-0121-4    $11.99Though oversize, this eighty-eight-page picture book is not for story hour; it’s perhaps best suited for just one or two listeners. And get...

Review of Just a Girl: A True Story of World War II

Just a Girl: A True Story of World War II by Lia Levi; illus. by Jess Mason; trans. from Italian by Sylvia NotiniPrimary, Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins  144 pp.    g3/22    978-0-06-306508-6    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-306510-9    $9.99In a direct, first-person account (adapted from her adult book Una bambina e basta), Levi relates what happened...

Review of Freewater

Freewater by Amina Luqman-DawsonIntermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    416 pp.    g2/22    978-0-316-05661-8    $16.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-05674-8    $9.99Many accounts of the Underground Railroad mention that enslaved Blacks would stick close to swamps as they made their way North, as the topography proved problematic for slave catchers. A lesser-known fact is that from...

Review of Rodney Was a Tortoise

Rodney Was a Tortoise by Nan Forler; illus. by Yong Ling KangPrimary    Tundra    40 pp.  g2/22    978-0-73526-662-9    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-73526-663-6    $10.99Bernadette loves her pet tortoise, Rodney. “Day after day, / year after year, / Rodney was there, / loyal and true.” In Rodney, Bernadette sees a willing playmate, always up...
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Review of The Waiting Place: When Home Is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found

The Waiting Place: When Home Is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found by Dina Nayeri; photos by Anna Bosch MiralpeixIntermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    64 pp.    g5/22    978-1-5362-1362-1    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5362-1854-1    $18.99“When home is lost and a new one not yet found, children are sent to the Waiting Place.”...

Review of The Prisoner of Shiverstone

The Prisoner of Shiverstone by Linette Moore; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Amulet/Abrams    160 pp.    g4/22    978-1-41974-391-7    $24.99Paper ed.  978-1-41974-392-4    $14.99e-book ed.  978-1-68335-896-1    $13.49This debut graphic novel introduces readers to Helga Sharp, a unique and entertaining iteration of the plucky heroine. Tired of boarding school, Helga sets off to rescue the...

Review of Every Dog in the Neighborhood

Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip C. Stead; illus. by Matthew CordellPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g6/22    978-0-8234-4427-4    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5298-9    $11.99Louis tells his grandma that he wants a dog. When she replies that there are already enough dogs in the neighborhood, Louis goes door to door to get a...

Review of I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau

I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau by Julie Dunlap; illus. by Megan Elizabeth Baratta Intermediate, Middle School    Tilbury    96 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-88448-908-5    $18.95 Dunlap begins her illustrated biography with a question posed by Thoreau in a school report, his earliest known writing: “Why...
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