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Review of Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight

Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Abrams ComicArts    24 pp.  8/18    978-1-4197-2854-9   $19.99  “You don’t know our names but you’ve seen us.” The accompanying illustration is of Juan, an undocumented immigrant, with one hand raised in a fist and the other holding a megaphone from which the […]

Star-crossed love

Space, time, war, death, capricious gods: teen protagonists defy cosmic forces to be together in these out-of-the-ordinary love stories. On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden’s serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel, follows two alternating, far-future timelines. In the first, eighteen-year-old Mia seeks her place among the tight-knit crewmates of a spacecraft; five years earlier, at an […]

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 The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century

The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century by Neal Bascomb Middle School, High School    Levine/Scholastic Focus/Scholastic    276 pp. 9/18    978-1-338-14034-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-14035-4    $11.99  Bascomb follows his two previous WWII histories for young adults (The Nazi Hunters, rev. 9/13; Sabotage, rev. 7/16) with another gripping work of narrative nonfiction, this time […]

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 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 Monday’s Not Coming

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson Middle School, High School    Tegen/HarperCollins    440 pp. 5/18    978-0-06-242267-5    $17.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-242269-9    $9.99 It’s the end of the summer before eighth grade, and Claudia can’t wait to see her best friend, Monday. When she doesn’t hear from Monday in the days leading up to school, Claudia is […]

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 […]