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Review of The Parker Inheritance

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson Intermediate, Middle School    Levine/Scholastic    344 pp.    g 3/18    978-0-545-94617-9    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-545-95279-8    $10.99 In 2007 Abigail Caldwell, the first female and African American city manager for 
the town of Lambert, South Carolina, was forced to resign after covertly digging 
up the municipal tennis courts, looking for buried treasure. […]

Review of A Most Unusual Day

A Most Unusual Day by Sydra Mallery; 
illus. by E. B. Goodale Primary    Greenwillow    32 pp.    g 4/18    978-0-06-236430-2    $17.99 Morning arrives, and Caroline, who is “usually” up with the birds, can’t get herself out of bed. There is something coming later in the day, and the anticipation is obviously affecting her: “Caroline was usually […]

Review of You Go First

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly Intermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    292 pp.    g 4/18    978-0-06-241418-2    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-241420-5    $8.99 Two brainy middle-school outcasts — one in Pennsylvania, one in Louisiana — find companionship through online Scrabble as they both deal with upheaval in their lives. Twelve-year-old Charlotte’s father is in the hospital following […]

Review of Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 
and Raymond Obstfeld Middle School, High School    Little, Brown    291 pp. 11/17    978-0-316-55538-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-55533-3    $9.99 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the NBA record for most points scored (38,387), and his college basketball career at UCLA under Coach John Wooden is legendary, his […]

Review of The Boggart Fights Back

The Boggart Fights Back by Susan Cooper Intermediate    McElderry    209 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-5344-0629-2    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0631-5    $10.99 It’s been over twenty years since the publication of The Boggart (rev. 5/93) and The Boggart and the Monster (rev. 5/97), but this new adventure stands on its own and will surely send readers looking for […]

Review of Pup and Bear

Pup and Bear by Kate Banks; illus. by Naoko Stoop Preschool, Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 10/17    978-0-399-55409-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55410-0    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55411-7    $10.99 A comforting jacket illustration of a wolf pup safely nestled within a large polar bear’s protective embrace signals that this story focuses on a loving, if unconventional, […]

Review of Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Albert Marrin Middle School, High School    Knopf    198 pp. 1/18    978-1-101-93146-2    $21.99 Library ed.  978-1-101-93147-9    $24.99 e-book ed.  978-1-101-93148-6    $11.99 Between 1918 and 1920, three waves of a very aggressive influenza virus swept around the globe, killing tens of millions of people. World War I […]

Review of The Poet X

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo High School    HarperTeen    361 pp.    g 3/18    978-0-06-266280-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-266282-8    $9.99 Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, whose name means “one who is ready for war,” has been fighting her whole life. The self-described “brown and big and angry” Dominican girl from Harlem furiously confronts catcalling boys, chafes under her Catholic […]

Review of The Little Red Fort

The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier; 
illus. by Sonia Sánchez Primary    Scholastic    40 pp.    g 3/18    978-0-545-85919-6    $17.99 Young Ruby (whose “mind was always full of ideas”) decides to build a fort in her yard. She asks her brothers for help, but in true “Little Red Hen” fashion, no one agrees: “Oscar Lee pretended […]

Review of In the Past

In the Past by David Elliott; 
illus. by Matthew Trueman Primary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 3/18    978-0-7636-6073-4    $17.99 This collection of imaginative, clever poems about ancient animals, all but one extinct, moves chronologically from trilobites in the Cambrian era to woolly mammoths from our current geologic time period (Quaternary), with good representation across dinosaur, sea, […]