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Review of Internment

Internment by Samira Ahmed High School    Little, Brown    304 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-316-52269-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-52266-3    $9.99 Xenophobic fear-mongering, book burnings, terrified families rounded up in the middle of the night to be thrown into internment camps — all painfully familiar elements of America’s past and present — descend upon Layla Amin’s near-future dystopian […]

Brave girls in audiobooks

These audiobooks starring brave and resilient female protagonists will appeal to middle-grade fans of historical fiction featuring strong and lively young women. March is Women’s History Month. See also our Five Questions interview with Laurie Halse Anderson and the “Strong women making an impact 2019” section in this issue of Notes from the Horn Book; […]

Review of On the Come Up

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    453 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-06-249856-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-249857-1    $12.99 If reading The Hate U Give (rev. 3/17) was like listening to 2Pac, intent on capturing the emotional impact of injustice, On the Come Up is more like Biggie, focusing on the experience […]

Review of Fresh Ink audiobook

Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles; read by various artists Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 9/18 4 CDs    5.08 hrs.    978-0-525-59565-6    $38.00 Giles opens this anthology of twelve short works with a foreword containing this message: “I hope you find [a hero] who looks like you, or thinks like you, or feels like you. If […]

Review of Sweeping Up the Heart

Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes Intermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    184 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-06-285254-0    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-285255-7    $17.89 e-book ed.  978-0-06-285257-1    $9.99 The elegiac spirit of Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Bustle in a House” (from which this book’s title is taken) reverberates throughout Henkes’s story of people struggling to cope with love, […]

Review of The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home  by Padma Venkatraman Intermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin    194 pp.    g 2/19    978-1-5247-3811-2    $16.99  In a drunken rage, the father of eleven-year-old narrator Viji breaks her mother’s arm. Viji decides, “If I wanted a better future, I needed to change the life we had. Now.” The next morning, she and her sister Rukku […]

Review of Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose

Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose [Step into Reading] by Tad Hills; illus. by the author Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    32 pp. 1/19    978-0-525-64490-3    $4.99     Library ed.  978-0-525-64491-0    $12.99     e-book ed.  978-0-525-64492-7    $4.99  For certain kids, the box can be the best part of a gift — especially when it’s as enticing as the one […]

Review of The Mad Wolf’s Daughter audiobook

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras; read by Joshua Manning Intermediate, Middle School    Listening Library    Rev. 7/18 6 CDs    6.62 hrs.    978-0-525-53134-0    $50.00 Drest is determined to free her captured older brothers and father from Faintree Castle, where they soon will be hanged, and she means to use the young knight she rescued to […]

Star-crossed love

Space, time, war, death, capricious gods: teen protagonists defy cosmic forces to be together in these out-of-the-ordinary love stories. On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden’s serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel, follows two alternating, far-future timelines. In the first, eighteen-year-old Mia seeks her place among the tight-knit crewmates of a spacecraft; five years earlier, at an […]

Review of New Kid

New Kid by Jerry Craft; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    249 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-06-269120-0    $21.99     Paper ed.  978-0-06-269119-4    $12.99     e-book ed.  978-0-06-269121-7    $10.99  Craft’s engaging graphic novel follows Jordan Banks (an African American seventh grader from Washington Heights) through his first year at the prestigious Riverdale Academy Day School (RAD). Jordan […]