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Review of Refugee

Refugee by Alan Gratz Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    343 pp. 7/17    978-0-545-88083-1    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-545-88087-9    $10.99 Gratz’s stirring novel humanizes the plight of refugees worldwide. Told in alternating chapters, the book follows fictional child refugees from three different eras whose stories ultimately, and surprisingly, converge. In 1939 Josef and his family, who are Jewish, […]

Review of Dear Martin

Dear Martin by Nic Stone High School    Crown    211 pp.    g 10/17    978-1-101-93949-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-11-101-93950-5    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-101-93951-2    $10.99 “I know your kind: punks like you wander the streets of nice neighborhoods searching for prey. Just couldn’t resist the pretty white girl who’d locked her keys in her car, could ya?” So […]

Review of Martí’s Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertad

Martí’s Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertad by Emma Otheguy; illus. by Beatriz Vidal; with excerpts from Versos sencillos by José Martí; trans. into Spanish by Adriana Domínguez Primary    Children’s/Lee & Low    32 pp.    g 7/17    978-0-89239-375-6    $17.95 “I come from every place, / And I’m on the road to everywhere: / I […]

Review of Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon

Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan Intermediate, Middle School    Porter/Roaring Brook    64 pp. 10/17    978-1-62672-520-1    $19.99 “She is a chameleon, changing her appearance from photograph to photograph, so that she is many people but never Cindy.” Prolific biographers-of-artists Greenberg and Jordan (Ballet for Martha, rev. 7/10; The Mad Potter, […]

Review of A Line in the Dark

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo High School    Dutton    282 pp.    g 10/17    978-0-735-22742-2    $17.99 Jess’s feelings for her best friend Angie are strong and complicated — a mix of longstanding affection, mutual dependence, protectiveness, and unrequited longing. Jess and Angie are both queer and out, but have never been together. When Angie […]

Review of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes; illus. by Gordon C. James Primary   Millner/Bolden Books/Agate    32 pp. 10/17    978-1-57284-224-3    $17.95 e-book ed.  978-1-57284-808-5    $17.95 Brown skin, a dimpled smile, and a fresh haircut worthy of a standing ovation. Barnes takes a weekly, mundane activity for an African American boy — a trip […]

Review of The Stars Beneath Our Feet

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore Middle School     Knopf     295 pp. 9/17     978-1-5247-0124-6     $16.99 Library ed. 978-1-5247-0125-3     $19.99 e-book ed. 978-1-5247-0126-0     $10.99 Twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul loves his Harlem neighborhood, that “big glowing crossword puzzle” bisected by 125th Street. (“If Harlem was a human body, then 125th […]

Review of Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton

Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker; illus. by John Rocco Primary    Houghton    48 pp. 9/17    978-0-544-71557-8    $17.99 Beloved author-illustrator Virginia Lee Burton receives a picture-book biography treatment, but not the standard childhood-to-adulthood story. We meet Virginia, known as Jinnee, when she is already the mother of two boys who […]

Review of Her Right Foot

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers; illus. by Shawn Harris Primary, Intermediate    Chronicle    104 pp. 9/17    978-1-4521-6281-2    $19.99 In digressive, idiosyncratic prose, Eggers outlines the history of the Statue of Liberty, gradually leading readers into the detail he’s really interested in — the statue’s right foot, poised as if to take a step. While it […]

Review of I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris; illus. by Lane Smith Primary, Intermediate    Little, Brown    228 pp. 9/17    978-0-316-26657-4    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-26659-8    $9.99 “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by… / Since then I’ve been completely […]