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Review of Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt Middle School    Clarion    216 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-544-79085-8    $16.99     e-book ed.  978-1-328-52691-5    $9.99  Sixth grader Carter Jones misses his soldier father, currently deployed in Germany; he misses his dead brother; he misses any semblance of normalcy in his life. When Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick, a butler bequeathed to his […]

Review of Inventing Victoria

Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden Middle School    Bloomsbury    264 pp.    g 1/19    978-1-68119-807-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68119-808-8    $12.59 Set during the post-Reconstruction era, this novel offers an intriguing view of nineteenth-century African American upper-echelon society. Fourteen-year-old Essie longs to escape her miserable life in Savannah, Georgia, where her mother earns her living as a prostitute. […]

Review of A Heart in a Body in the World

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti High School    Simon Pulse    358 pp. 9/18    978-1-4814-1520-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-1523-1    $10.99 Nine months ago, the boy whom eighteen-year-old long-distance runner Annabelle calls “The Taker” irrevocably changed her life for the worse. Now she has embarked on a run from Seattle to Washington, […]

Review of Damsel

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold High School     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins     312 pp. 10/18     978-0-06-274232-2     $17.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-274234-6     $9.99 This original fairy tale begins with Prince Emory on the dangerous quest required to prove himself worthy of his father’s recently vacated throne: saving a damsel from a dragon. But following the successful (off-page) rescue, it […]

Review of See Pip Flap

See Pip Flap [Ready-to-Read: Adventures of Otto] by David Milgrim; illus. by the author Primary    Simon Spotlight    32 pp. 8/18    978-1-5344-1636-9    $17.99 Paper ed.  978-1-5344-1635-2    $4.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1637-6    $4.99 The latest in Milgrim’s early reader series about robot Otto, mouse Pip, and their creature friends begins with an exit: “See Tweet flap. / See […]

Review of They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles Middle School    Cinco Puntos    109 pp.    g 9/18    978-1-947627-06-2    $18.95 Paper ed.  978-1-947627-07-9    $12.95 The dynamic complexity of the Rio Grande borderlands pulses in the poetry of twelve-year-old Güero — a nickname commonly given to light-skinned, freckled Mexican and Chicano boys. Inspired by the […]

Review of Moxie audiobook

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu; read by Suzy Jackson High School     Recorded Books     Rev. 11/17 8 CDs     8.75 hrs.     978-1-5019-6805-1     $87.75 Vivian Carter, frustrated with the systemic sexism of her small-town Texas high school, secretly distributes a zine proclaiming, “Moxie girls fight back!” Though she’s shy in real life, Viv draws inspiration […]

Review of Max & the Midknights

Max & the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce; illus. by the author Intermediate    Crown    280 pp.    g 1/19    978-1-101-93108-0    $13.99 Library ed.  978-1-101-93109-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-101-93110-3    $8.99 It’s the Middle Ages, and redheaded Max is Uncle Budrick’s troubadour apprentice. Max longs to become a knight, but there’s just one problem: Max is a girl, a […]

Review of Checked audiobook

Checked by Cynthia Kadohata; read by John Kroft Intermediate, Middle School     Recorded Books    Rev. 5/18 7 CDs     7.75 hrs.     978-1-5019-8278-1 $20.99 Conor MacRae’s life is consumed with elite hockey. Nothing can overtake his obsession — not his growing concerns about his elderly neighbor Mr. Reynolds, not the strained relationship […]

Review of The Wicked King

The Wicked King [Folk of the Air] by Holly Black High School     Little, Brown     325 pp.     g 1/19     978-0-316-31035-2     $18.99 e-book ed. 978-0-316-31033-8     $9.99 A mortal raised in the realms of Faerie by the devious General Madoc, Jude Duarte has learned to play games of politics and intrigue quite well. By manipulating her […]