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Review of Green

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; illus. by the author Preschool    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 3/12    978-1-59643-397-7    $16.99 Lemons Are Not Red (rev. 1/05) was a concept book about color, so you might think this offering on various shades of a single color would be simpler. But Seeger once again sets up a challenge for herself, […]

Review of The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis Intermediate, Middle School    Lamb/Random    309 pp. 1/12    978-0-385-73491-2    $15.99 Library ed.  978-0-385-90487-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-375-89736-8    $10.99 To her father, twelve-year-old Deza Malone is “my Darling Daughter Deza,” “that sassy, smart, beautiful, charming little girl…my Mighty Miss Malone.” But it’s 1936, and the Depression has hit Gary, […]

Review of The Hero of Little Street

The Hero of Little Street by Gregory Rogers; illus. by the author Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 3/12    978-0-59643-729-6    $17.99    g The same bulb-headed boy who was chased through Elizabethan London in The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard (rev. 11/04) is time-traveling again, this time to seventeenth-century Delft, an important center of the […]

Review of Titanic: Voices from the Disaster

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    290 pp. 3/12    978-0-545-11674-9    $17.99 Hopkinson knows precisely what’s she doing in her coverage of the Titanic disaster: providing young readers with a basic introduction to the event without overdramatizing, drawing unwarranted conclusions, or prolonging the ordeal. She begins her account as the […]

Review of Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy

Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy by Jacqueline Woodson High School    Paulsen/Penguin    182 pp. 2/12    978-0-399-25250-1    $16.99 Woodson takes us on the dark journey of addiction, mimicking the slow, hazy spell of drug use with the lull of her poetic prose. Laurel’s happy childhood on the Gulf shore ends abruptly when Hurricane Katrina destroys her […]

Review of The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems; illus. by the author Preschool    Hyperion    40 pp. 4/12    978-1-4231-5128-9    $15.99 In this seventh Pigeon book — the first in four years (The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! rev. 7/08) — the Duckling asks politely for a cookie and gets one: “Thanks! That was very nice of you!” […]

Review of No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by R. Gregory Christie Middle School, High School    Carolrhoda Lab    188 pp. 2/12    978-0-7613-6169-5    $17.95 e-book ed.  978-0-7613-8727-5    $12.95 Inspired by Marcus Garvey and the drive to make a difference, Lewis Michaux opened the […]

Review of Z Is for Moose

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham; illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky Primary    Greenwillow    32 pp. 3/12    978-0-06-079984-7    $16.99 If you think you’ve seen every possible idea for an alphabet book played out, think again. Even before the title page of this very funny and inventive ABC, cast members Apple, Ball, Cat, Duck, Elephant, Fox, […]

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green High School    Dutton    321 pp. 1/12    978-0-525-47881-2    $17.99    g I suppose this is a cancer book, but as its inimitable heroine Hazel would say, “It’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck.” Evoking yet transcending such teen-illness classics as Paige Dixon’s May I Cross Your Golden […]