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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 […]

Review of Before the Devil Breaks You: A Diviners Novel audiobook

Before the Devil Breaks You: A Diviners Novel by Libba Bray; read by January LaVoy High School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/18 17 CDs    21.35 hrs.    978-0-449-80883-2    $70.00 LaVoy reprises her excellent narration for this third volume in the series starring a diverse group of teens with extrasensory abilities in 1920s New York City. Here the […]

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

Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Albert Marrin; read by Jim Frangione Middle School, High School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/18 5 CDs    5.75 hrs.    978-1-525-52609-4    $45.00 Marrin’s account of the flu pandemic that killed millions of people during World War I, plus modern-day efforts to identify that strain and prevent a […]

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 Let the Children March

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson; illus. by Frank Morrison Primary     Houghton     40 pp.     g 1/18     978-0-544-70452-7     $16.99 For nearly a week in racially charged 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, hundreds of young people under the age of eighteen joined the Children’s Crusade and were harassed, beaten, and thrown in jail for their nonviolent protests against […]

Review of Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World; and When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the World by Gary Golio; illus. by Rudy Gutierrez Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp. 9/18    978-1-62779-512-8    $18.99 When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana by Michael Mahin; illus. by Jose Ramirez Primary    Atheneum    48 pp.
9/18    978-1-5344-0413-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0414-4    $10.99 Carlos Santana’s 1971 rendition […]

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 Thank You, Omu!

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    32 pp. 10/18    978-0-316-43124-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-43123-1    $9.99 Grandmotherly Omu (a brief note on the front endpapers explains that the name is pronounced “AH-moo” and is “the Igbo term for ‘queen’”) seasons and stirs her “thick red stew in a big […]

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 […]