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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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  • Wild Blues by Beth Kephart (review)
    • Abstract: “This is a victim impact statement,” says thirteen-year-old Lizzie in the book’s opening. She insists, though, that there’s a larger story behind the statement, and moreover, there are choices that shaped the story, decisions she will parse out and pick through as she recounts what led to her current stay in a hospital, in what’s gradually revealed to be the aftermath of an event involving two escaped prisoners in a massive national forest and two of Lizzie’s favorite people, her uncle Davy and her friend Matias.Let’s start at the beginning: when Lizzie’s mother must undergo treatment for thyroid cancer that will made her radioactive, Lizzie chooses to spend the summer with her uncle at his cabin in the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Denis Ever After by Tony Abbott (review)
    • Abstract: Ever since his death at age seven, Denis has been living in a temporary afterlife village with his great-grandmother until they have forgotten or been forgotten by the living enough to fade and move on. Two things keep that from happening for Denis. First, he’s a twin, and his brother Matt still actively imagines Denis by his side, so Denis’ spirit is as robust as ever. Second, his death is an unsolved mystery, even for Denis himself, who doesn’t remember what happened in what was clearly some kind of crime. Approaching the five-year anniversary of his death, Denis feels the pull of the living more strongly than ever before, so he decides he must cross back over to the living so that he can solve the mystery and ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Button War: A Tale of the Great War by Avi (review)
    • Abstract: In narrator Patryk’s village in 1914 Poland, there are many constants: few people venture beyond the village, sons follow in their fathers’ footsteps, and kids run in packs by day and night. Even the Russian occupation has taken on an inevitable, if not timeless, aura—something to be borne since it cannot be changed. In August, the outside world crashes in when a German bomb wipes out the schoolhouse, killing a student and a despotic teacher. This is just the opportunity that impoverished Jurek, the boys’ self-appointed leader, has been awaiting. He’s long claimed to be a descendant of King Bolesław and therefore rightful claimant to the whole village, and now he proposes a contest to settle the matter. The boys ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (review)
    • Abstract: When Mia’s father arranges her betrothal to the royal heir, Mia is furious: she was supposed to hunt down the magical Gwyrach who killed her mother, not prance around in gowns at gaudy balls with Prince Quin. An attempt on Quin’s life, however, has Mia fleeing the palace with him in tow; when she unintentionally heals him, Mia comes to the dreaded realization that she has magic, a thing strictly forbidden in her kingdom. As she learns more about her abilities, she realizes that the Gwyrach are not the monsters they’ve been made to seem and that the factors that led to her mother’s murder are more complicated than she could have imagined. Barton presents an intriguing setup: while not all women have magic, all ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley (review)
    • Abstract: One day at school, a dodgeball to the face drives home to Frederick Frederickson that he’s not one of life’s victors (lions, as his friend defines the school ecology) and sets him on an accidental journey of discovery. In a flustered attempt to redefine himself, Frederick commandeers a boat he can’t quite pilot and aimlessly floats down a stream to Camp Omigoshee, where he adopts the identity of Dashiell “Dash” Blackwood, a presumably cool kid who hasn’t yet arrived. Frederick-as-Dash quickly falls in with a group of young ne’er-do-wells—including the ill-tempered Specs, who loves snatching eyeglasses off of faces and breaking them—and takes a bit longer than the reader to realize that this is a camp for bad boys. ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker (review)
    • Abstract: Children who want to share in the Hidden Figures buzz can start right here with a picture book biography of Katherine Johnson, who with the help of her determined parents leapt hurdle after hurdle in a racially separate and unequal educational system. After graduating college, she secured work at NACA (NASA’s forerunner) as a “computer” (as the humans who worked out the figures were known) in the opening years of the space race and eventually became so valued a team leader that John Glenn “refused to fly unless Katherine okayed the numbers.” Although Johnson’s contribution to the high-pressure rescue of the Apollo 13 crew is the climax here, the overall story is one of major historical developments: women ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow (review)
    • Abstract: Melly’s parents waited until the day before her departure for summer music camp to break the news of their impending divorce. Shaken to the core by the news, Melly has little tolerance for the normal annoyances of a bunch of adolescent rockstar wannabes stewing in the heat; there’s also frustrating artistic dysfunction in her assigned four-member band and growing distance between her and her best friend, Olivia. Mustering pride and resentment to her advantage, Melly determines to hold herself together and open up to new friendships, and the payoff leaves her amazed. Fellow camper Adeline proves first to be a great listener and an entertaining companion, and then a stolen kiss on a darkened amusement park ride sends ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Courage by Barbara Binns (review)
    • Abstract: After a day at the local community college pool, twelve-year-old T’Shawn “T” Rodgers knows he wants to dive. The problem is convincing his mother, which is hard because money is tight: the family just lost T’s father to cancer and T’s older brother Lamont to prison, and they only recently relocated from a homeless shelter. A mysterious scholarship emerges, and T is at least able to use the hard work of developing as a competitive diver to distract from his concerns about his newly paroled brother, his confused feelings about two girls from school, and the constant hostility between his South Side Chicago community and the police. There are some awkward moments in the writing, but it’s perceptive about T’s grappling ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Contagion by Erin Bowman (review)
    • Abstract: In the distant future, the substance corrarium is precious, leading to colonization of planets rich in the sustainable energy source and to subsequent inequity and government corruption. When a distress call draws a group of underprepared first-responders—a renowned scientist, her teenage intern, a young military-trained pilot, and some government contractors—to a fringe planet previously considered to be corrarium-free, some in the group are understandably suspicious, while the scientist knows a lot more than she initially lets on. Bowman’s writing shifts unevenly among a variety of POVs—mainly that of the scientist, the intern, and the pilot, but occasionally other crewmembers and eventually a mystery boy ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Up & Down: The Adventures of John Jeffries, First American to Fly by
           Don Brown (review)
    • Abstract: A daredevil and a naturalist go up in a balloon . . . it sounds like the start of a joke, but in 1785, pioneering balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard and self-exiled American Loyalist John Jeffries attempted and succeeded in the first flight across the English Channel, catching a favorable wind from England to France. The enterprise appeared doomed from the start, when wily Blanchard tried to trick Jeffries out of the flight and grab the glory for himself, but the pair managed to pull together, shedding ballast, equipment, clothing, and, in a scene certain to please readers, their own liquid waste in an effort to keep their hydrogen balloon aloft. This episode has gotten rollicking picture book treatment in Olshan’s A ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story
           by Joseph Bruchac (review)
    • Abstract: In this picture book biography, Chester Nez was only eight when he was sent to the Fort Defiance boarding school for Navajo children, where they were punished for speaking Navajo and told to focus on living in the white man’s world. When World War II broke out, however, that deprecated language was suddenly valuable as an unbreakable code (“Chester was proud he had never given up speaking Navajo”), and Navajos were sought to join the Marines. As one of the code talkers, Nez worked on the Pacific front, where the code helped the Allies defeat the Japanese; however, the horrors of battle and the need for sustained secrecy about his role left their mark on him until his family arranged a traditional Enemy Way ceremony ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith
           Calabrese (review)
    • Abstract: “Today, Lena starts kindergarten. Lena is very excited”; unfortunately, Lena’s favorite shoes are too nervous to go. The shoes need encouragement from another part of the outfit, and the green headband might do the trick (“All her clothes like her headband”); between the headband’s kind reassurances and Lena’s threat to wear her slippers, the shoes come around and take Lena to school (“Lena is very proud of them”). The elliptical approach to anxiety is funny and effective, with the book treating Lena’s projection cheerfully but respectfully as the process allows her to explore her own worries without losing her pose of competence; along the way, her father is a loving helper who gives her space. There’s playful ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan (review)
    • Abstract: Fifteen-year-old Ronney hates explaining his identity to people interrogating his mixed-race appearance, and he hates Thursdays. It was on a Thursday that his dad brought a gun home, and it was on another, two years ago, that his dad attempted suicide using that same gun. It’s again on a Thursday when a local exotic animal collector sets his animals free and then commits suicide, and the media, the authorities, and gun-rights, animal-rights, and gun-control activists all swarm small-town Makersville, Indiana. With lions, tigers, and more now roaming the streets, Ronney, already a bit of a cynic, begins to question both nature and his family situation. As his father refuses to take his medication and his mother ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa
           Cline-Ransome (review)
    • Abstract: The story of record-breaking tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams has something for everyone: they’re sports superstars, civil rights champions, and fiercely loyal and hypercompetitive sisters. In this picture book biography, Cline-Ransome offers a text with the narrative density to do justice to each theme, while keeping the storytelling sufficiently compact and conversational to reach a young audience possibly unfamiliar with these legends or their game. Sometimes subtle (“It wasn’t long before their father’s dreams became their own” hints at the relationship with their demanding father) and sometimes candid (“When shots from the neighborhood’s rival gangs whizzed near the courts, the girls quickly learned to ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova (review)
    • Abstract: Surviving the hellish realm of Los Lagos has left seventeen-year-old Lula Mortiz (previously seen in Labyrinth Lost, BCCB 9/16, first title in the Brooklyn Brujas series) with a scarred face, a strained relationship with her family, and a desperate need for normalcy. Any chance at that, however, is lost when her school bus crashes, killing her classmates and her beloved boyfriend, Maks. She and her sisters use their bruja magic to bring Maks back from the dead, but defying Lady de la Muerte has its consequences, one of which is a horde of the zombie-like casimuertos—including Maks—descending upon Brooklyn. Córdova brings the wonder and horror she created in Los Lagos to the streets of New York, easily exchanging ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (review)
    • Abstract: When Joe was seven, his brother, Ed, stole their aunt’s car and left the family’s dysfunctional home in New York. A few months later, he called from Texas, saying he’d been accused of something he didn’t do. Now it’s ten years later, Ed is scheduled for execution by the state of Texas for killing a police officer, and he’s asked that Joe come visit. While Joe has understandably mixed emotions about seeing a brother he doesn’t really know anymore, he feels compelled to go. Accessible free-verse poetry traces Joe’s final weeks with his brother as he unearths memories of how Ed took care of him before he left, acting as both father and mother and protecting his siblings from their addicted mother’s abuses and neglect. ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Whirlpool: Stories by Laurel Croza (review)
    • Abstract: This collection of brief but powerful short stories explores themes of identity, grief, and family. Jasmine’s refusal to reveal her mother and sister’s secret make her the target of school bullies; an old man’s visits to his wife’s grave bring back sad memories for an observant squirrel; a school assignment sheds light on Dani’s older brother’s dreams. There’s nothing significantly surprising in the plots, but Croza beautifully employs the short-story format, placing much of the emotional weight on what is left unsaid and imbuing the tales with a sense of both melancholy and hope. Simple but imagistic prose breathes freshness into everyday scenes, as when Jasmine reveals nothing of her home life to a ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Everything I Know About You by Barbara Dee (review)
    • Abstract: Seventh-grader Tally has an eccentric fashion sense and a disdain for what she calls “clonegirls”; she’s content to hang out with her two best friends Sonnet and Spider, both of whom she feels she’s rescued. She’s outraged when her teachers make roommate assignments for a field trip that will separate the friends and leave Spider with some long-ago bullies, even though Spider himself thinks she’s not allowing for the possibility that the kids have changed. While it is predictable that Tally is in for an attitude-adjusting lesson or two, the didacticism is tempered by Tally’s lively and often humorous voice and the fact that she has as much to learn about her own flaws as she does about compassion for others. Sonnet ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser (review)
    • Abstract: Like his pals in an unnamed 1948 Midwestern city, Nikko “Nick” Spirakis is infected with the baseball bug, but unlike those pals, he’s captive in his father’s store every Saturday, and it’s a real drag on his game time. The Saturday work issue becomes truly urgent when Mr. Daggett, the new owner of the local Mudpuppies team, comes to town with big plans for reviving the seedy stadium and its pitiful players. To that end, he’s coordinating opening day of the local zoo with opening day of the refreshed stadium, and among the hyped activities is a contest in which a batboy-for-the-day will be selected. Nick is all in, spurred by his own manic enthusiasm and the taunts of bully Pete, the better player who’s equally ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Dreaming Dangerous by Lauren DeStefano (review)
    • Abstract: All the children at the Brassmere Academy for the Extraordinary have strange talents—the ability to bend metal with their minds, terrific strength and speed, or, for twelve-year-old Plum and her friends Artem, Vien, and Gwendle, the ability to dream in tandem. Their talent has created a strong bond between the four friends, but lately Plum’s dreams have taken a disturbing turn—as has the waking world of Brassmere. When Artem vanishes one night after giving a dire warning in their shared dream—“They’re coming for us”—Plum, Vien, and Gwendle begin questioning the world they’ve always taken for granted and realize that fatherly headmaster Dr. Abarrane may have sinister intentions. The build-up of this creepily ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge (review)
    • Abstract: As an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, Jamie’s dad is a pretty big deal, but while everyone seems impressed, Jamie just misses his father and hates sharing him with the world via satellite calls and TV screens. When Jamie’s attempts at coping with Space Week at his new school lead him to an abandoned observatory, an alien being known as the Hi’ive somehow manages to make his old cellphone its new home. Through this energy-based hive-minded entity, the story takes a turn towards both science fiction and surrealism as Jamie becomes exposed to the possibility of not just life on other planets but life persisting in ways previously unimaginable. When the mission Jamie’s father is on turns potentially ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Carnival Magic by Amy Ephron (review)
    • Abstract: In this sequel to The Castle in the Mist (BCCB 1/17), sibling duo Tess and Max return to England, this time to visit their aunt Evie in Devon-by-the-Sea. There mysterious things begin to happen: Tess pulls a magical-seeming needle from the paw of a baby tiger, and they stumble upon the notion of a quark, a scientific concept within an equation that suggests the existence of an alternate universe. Their adventures take them to a mysterious traveling carnival unbound by physical or spatial restraints, and they must find their way back to normalcy or risk being stuck in the sinister carnival forever. While the proceedings are on the slow side, Ephron offers a mixture of adventure and whimsy in this accessible fantasy ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Snared: Escape to the Above by Adam Jay Epstein (review)
    • Abstract: The aptly named Wily Snare is the trapsmith of an underground dungeon, where, for as long as he can remember, he’s been tasked with creating and maintaining a series of elaborate traps and has been told that there’s no life for him in the Above. When a ragtag band of adventurers—an elf, a moss golem, a knight turned thief, and the knight’s floating disembodied arm that chooses to remain a knight—beat each of his traps, defeat the dungeon’s monsters, and explain to Wily that he’s not a below-dwelling hobgoblet but a human boy, a new world opens for Wily. Wily and his adopted hobgoblet sister join the adventurers in the Above to unravel the not-so-mysterious details of his identity. It turns out he belongs to the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • How We Roll by Natasha Friend (review)
    • Abstract: Freshman Quinn is pleased to have a new start when her family moves across the country for her autistic younger brother’s school. In Colorado, everybody knew about the alopecia that left her bald and the harassment became savage, but now in Massachusetts, she’ll sail through with a wig (known fondly by its model name, Guinevere) and nobody will be the wiser. She’s drawn to her classmate Nick, who’s newly in a wheelchair following a snowmobile accident that led to a double amputation, and the two gradually form a friendship. As she and Nick get closer, though, she worries about the unfairness of her keeping the secret about her alopecia from him while his vulnerabilities are visible to her. Friend makes her two ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin (review)
    • Abstract: It’s the late 1980s, and senior Lizzy Swift is starting to chafe at a life circumscribed by nerddom and her secret epilepsy. Enter Claire, a charismatic new girl with a glamorously enigmatic past; Claire sweeps Lizzy up in a new world of cool, involving adventures in the city, trendy bars, and contemporary art. She also leads Lizzy to her long-term crush Matt Ashley, and he, Lizzy, Claire, and Matt’s friend Dave become a regular social foursome. Except often it’s a threesome without Lizzy, and she begins to suspect that they’re hiding secrets from her just as she is from them. As usual, Griffin writes with crystalline clarity of the moneyed and money-adjacent of decades before (Claire’s home life with a cat-loving ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl (review)
    • Abstract: When thirteen-year-old Cricket runs away from her aunt’s house, she’s on a mission: if she can find a secret painted room from her mother’s childhood memories, then maybe she’ll be able to bring Mama home for good and put a stop to her long absences. A small coin that her mother gave her points her toward Electric City, Mississippi, an overgrown ghost town where Cricket believes the artist of the “Bird Room” left clues to its location. When Cricket finds a rock with her mother’s favorite bird carved into it and a secret message in the town’s cemetery, the search is on. There’s a Boxcar Children appeal to Cricket’s weeks-long stay in the woods as she follows the puzzle, and readers will enjoy the quaint survival ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand (review)
    • Abstract: This uproarious, irreverent homage to Jane Eyre features Jane herself as a character alongside Charlotte Brontë, two young women with dismal prospects given their plain looks and sad lack of fortune. The tale begins with a murder, a visit from agents of the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits, and an offer of employment to Jane that might make all the difference for Jane and Charlotte, if only Charlotte can persuade Jane to accept it. Star agent Alexander Blackwood is determined to lure Jane, who can compel ghosts, to their employ, but Jane wants no part in relocating spirits, given that her best friend is in fact a ghost, and she’s also smitten by her current employer, the broody Mr. Rochester. Chapters ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider (review)
    • Abstract: Fovea Munson has kept the truth about her parents’ career hidden until seventh grade when Em Taylor, a former friend blabs the dirty details: the Munsons own a cadaver lab and operate on dead people. Fo’s looking forward to getting away from the teasing at sleepaway summer camp, but those plans are derailed when her parents announce she must spend the summer working in their lab as a receptionist. That’s offputting in its own right, but Fovea is in for the shock of her life when she discovers that there are three talking severed heads defrosting in the wet lab and they need her help. The author keeps middle-grade sensibilities firmly in mind amid the wackiness: Fovea, for instance, is sympathetic because she ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (review)
    • Abstract: On the first day of school, Penelope Rex takes her pony-print backpack and her lunch of 300 tuna sandwiches and arrives to find, to her surprise, that she’s the only T. rex in a class full of human children. Penelope immediately gobbles them all up, making a poor start to her first day of school (even if she does spit them all out again right away). The other kids, understandably, aren’t subsequently too keen on befriending Penelope, who can’t seem to keep herself from eating them—until the class goldfish takes a bite out of Penelope’s finger and she learns for herself how unpleasant it is to have someone try to eat you. Kids will be tickled by the premise and execution of this odd-dinosaur-out story. With her big ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Fruit Bowl by Mark Hoffmann (review)
    • Abstract: When the banana, orange, pear, strawberry and their pals huddle into their clubby fruit bowl, they rather uncharitably inform the tomato it can’t come in—it must hang out in the refrigerator crisper with the veggies. Here begins an introductory lesson in the difference between fruits and vegetables, enlightening readers on how both develop on flowering plants, just on different parts. Tomato makes an effective plea for admission, but while the other fruits respond with a chorus of pun-infused sympathy, they’re not convinced. They consult a wizened old grape, living amid dust bunnies in the kitchen corner, who begins with an exegesis on life and finally gets around to an unequivocal declaration that, yup, tomato is ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Social Intercourse by Greg Howard (review)
    • Abstract: Snarky gay Beckett and smoothly popular jock Jaxon may seem to be on opposite ends of the social spectrum in Florence, South Carolina, but they have a common problem: Beckett’s divorced dad is dating Jaxon’s not-yet-divorced mom. Jaxon enlists Beckett’s willing help to foil the budding relationship, and Beckett finds himself lusting for a boy who represents everything he disdains, while confirmed ladies’ man Jaxon is starting to feel stirrings for guys. Alternating narration clues readers in to both boys’ struggles, but while they each insist that what they feel is something more than physical, those comments aren’t that convincing given the near-constant emphasis on how their penises are responding. Indeed ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (review)
    • Abstract: When her best friend, Monday, goes missing from her home in the D.C. projects, middle-schooler Claudia can’t understand why no one seems concerned. Her parents are sure Monday will turn up soon, the teachers barely remember her, and Monday’s older sister is refusing to talk to Claudia. Days turn into weeks and months, and still no one cares, leaving Claudia to figure out what happened to Monday and who is responsible. The story moves across multiple timelines, showing Claudia and Monday’s friendship before Monday went missing, Claudia’s search for Monday, and the aftermath of what Claudia finds. Readers will begin to notice, however, when Claudia’s voice becomes increasingly erratic and the events she recounts ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Kid Normal by Greg James (review)
    • Abstract: Murph’s problem started, as problems often do, with a simple misunderstanding. His mother, desperate to find Murph a school in their new town, tells the headmaster of a nearby school (labeled cryptically “The School”) she is confident he can help her son “fly.” Headmaster Mr. Souperman takes this literally, and since he’s in the business of developing kids’ superheroic Capabilities, or Capes, at his secretive establishment, he promptly enrolls Murph. Murph’s Capelessness quickly becomes evident and he’s the butt of classmate jokes and scorned as “Kid Normal,” but he wrangles a few other underclassman friends with undistinguished Capes and finds himself having a pretty decent time. However, a local lab undergoes a ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (review)
    • Abstract: 2067 marks the fifth year of total solitude for sixteen-year-old Romy, the only living person on the spaceship Infinity after the crew’s and then her parents’ deaths. NASA wants to continue the Infinity’s mission to travel to and populate Earth II, and it has finally developed a technologically advanced ship to catch up to Romy within the year. She and J, the young captain of the Eternity, begin exchanging messages, sparking up a flirtation, but soon there’s word of war and chaos on Earth, and their mission takes on new urgency. Or so J says, anyway, but a stunning twist takes the sci-fi premise into psychological thriller territory when J turns out to be not at all who he claims and Romy suddenly finds herself in ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Funeral by Matt James (review)
    • Abstract: When Norma’s great-uncle Frank dies, she knows it’s officially a sad thing, but she’s actually pretty happy about getting a day off of school and a chance to see her favorite cousin, Ray. While the adults mourn, Norma takes in the funeral procession and the long funeral service, and then she and Ray head off to play in the cemetery. On the manifest level this is a low-impact story about a kid’s break from routine, but a closer look makes it clear that this is an intensely child-focused story about a kid’s first experience with loss and ritual. Norma and Ray occasionally ask questions about the proceedings (“Uncle Frank was really old, right'” “Is Uncle Frank still a person'”), but there’s no documentation of ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim (review)
    • Abstract: One of Mariam’s friends, Umar, is heading from New Jersey to Louisiana for the Islamic Association of North America convention; another, Ghaz, has been imprisoned in her room after her strict Pakistani-American parents found out about their daughter’s modeling for a sexy ad campaign; Mariam herself wants to make a secret visit to the uncle she’s never met (brother of the father she never knew) in Virginia. The obvious solution is to break Ghaz out and make an epic road trip, so the three college kids head south, on the way exploring unfamiliar parts of America, discussing their moral and theological views, and learning about their families and themselves. There’s a lot of meaty subject matter here, especially about ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Light Filters In: Poems by Caroline Kaufman (review)
    • Abstract: Teenaged author Kaufman is probably better known as Instagram celebrity @poeticpoison, and here she poetically chronicles her path through an adolescence plagued by depression, self-harm, and abusive relationships through to self-aware and sustainable coping strategies. She begins with an author’s note highlighting what may be triggering content, but her warmly conversational tone suggests assurance and solidarity with readers that she sees as allies in brave combat against overwhelming darkness. Her poetic journey is progressive, broken into chapters entitled “the night persists,” “the dawn breaks,” “the twilight grows,” and “the sun rises.” The clearly voiced, readable poems alternate among free verse, haiku ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner (review)
    • Abstract: At first, Brynn’s emails to Rachel Maddow were part of an assignment for her junior Language Arts class that asked Brynn to write to her celebrity hero. Soon, though, Brynn finds herself pouring her troubles into the emails, and she’s got plenty of troubles: she’s still struggling with the death of her brother, her stepfather is unrelenting in his emotional abuse, her ex-girlfriend acts like Brynn no longer exists, and she’s failing school and has given up the idea of any successful future. It’s therefore a surprise to everyone, including herself, when she decides to run for a seat on her school’s superintendent selection committee, going up against her nemesis, honor student and A-lister Adam. This has all the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bigger Than You by Hyewon Kyung (review)
    • Abstract: Kyung brings principles of simple machines effortlessly to the preschool level in this engaging tale of dinosaurs on a prehistoric playground. A felled tree on a stone fulcrum serves as a seesaw, where a Dimetrodon invites a buddy to play. Minmi takes the opposite end, lifting Dimetrodon as he boasts, “I’m bigger than you.” Therizinosaurus replaces Dimetrodon, elevates Minmi, and counter-boasts, “I’m bigger than you.” So it goes with five increasingly large dinos until Tyrannosaurus throws a hissy fit against affable Brachiosaurus, and T. rex’s mom intervenes. She reconfigures the fulcrum and tree, turning the seesaw into a slide and restoring harmony among the pals. Watercolor and cut-paper scenes in earthy grays ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Hint of Hydra by Heidi Lang (review)
    • Abstract: Running a restaurant is hard enough in the kitchen, but for Lailu Loganberry, one of the most promising young chefs in all of Twin Rivers, a large part of the job is hunting down mystic but deadly creatures—e.g., giant griffin, seven-headed hydra, and fyrian chicken—that make for the most rare and delectable dishes in her restaurant. In this sequel to A Dash of Dragon (BCCB 7/17), a week of costumed festivities, known as the “Week of Masks,” makes for a menacing backdrop to the murder mystery (a scientist is killed and elves are the main suspects) that Lailu gets dragged into, despite being much more interested in her recipes and her would-be suitors. Lang and Bartkowski are masterful in presenting a well-balanced ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Drawn Together by Minh Lê (review)
    • Abstract: Mom drops her son off at Grandpa’s house, and it looks like it might be a loooong day. Grandpa, trying his hardest to be accommodating, has prepared the boy a hot dog rather than his own pho bowl. Table conversation goes nowhere, with Grandpa’s Vietnamese and the grandson’s English crossing paths, and when they settle onto the sofa to watch some TV, the dragon film Grandpa selected isn’t making magic for either of them. The boy slinks off to color in his sketchbook, turning himself into the caped hero of his own adventure, and when Grandpa sees this, he brings out his own book, ink pot, and brush, painting himself as dragon slayer. Text and artwork now break free of the tidy, staid sequential art that has dominated ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Pie Is For Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard (review)
    • Abstract: A quiet story about sharing becomes a festive Fourth of July picnic for a big, extended multicultural family in this subtle and joyful picture book. “Pie is for sharing,” of course, but so is a book (a couple of kids read alongside the companionable dog), a ball (dog runs off with the ball), and a tree “even when you think it is yours alone” (a robin looks down on the contemplative child perched on a high branch). There’s also an acknowledgment that some things can be hard to share (the little girl tries to call back the dog that’s chasing after a running crowd) and that when you are hurt, it can help to share “a hug, and some bandages, and the story about what happened.” The culmination, of course, is a viewing of ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno (review)
    • Abstract: This summer is especially important for Georgina Fernweh: she’ll be turning eighteen, and she’ll finally manifest the magic possessed by the women in her family. Meanwhile, she and her twin sister, Mary, help their mother run their inn in their small island town, a major attraction for bird enthusiasts due to a bird of a rare species that returns to roost every summer. When the bird is brutally killed, suspicion immediately falls on the “witchy” Fernweh girls, and Georgina wonders if her sister was involved with the crime. The island has a cozy, comfortable quirkiness, with the Fernweh magic mostly an open secret and the birders making a warmly eccentric secondary cast; it’s jarring, then, when the tone moves ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly (review)
    • Abstract: Geraldine is the only giraffe at her new school, and she hates the way she stands out. Then she meets Cassie, a human girl in her class who also feels like an outcast, and the two become fast friends. Their friendship gives both of them the courage to make more friends, and soon neither of them feels like they have to hide—unless they’re playing hide and seek, of course. This isn’t the most original of plots, but it’s capably handled, and Geraldine is an engaging protagonist. Humorous watercolor and ink art in a palette of yellow, green, and brown gives this sensitive story of friendship a warm and whimsical feel. Geraldine’s expressiveness is all in the twists and drape of her long neck across the page, her brown ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Sanctuary by Caryn Lix (review)
    • Abstract: Raised by her parents to appreciate the benefits of corporate citizenship and to maintain unwavering loyalty to their employer, Omnistellar Concepts, Kenzie is following in their footsteps and guarding the space station Sanctuary, a prison for children and teens imbued with superpowers. Her aspirations, faith in Omnistellar, and belief in her parents come crashing down when a prisoner escape plan coincides with an alien invasion, turning Kenzie from guard to prisoner, fighting for her life among the kids she had been taught to fear. There’s an enjoyable B-movie vibe to the plotting, as Kenzie outmaneuvers monsters, discovers her own technologically repressed superpower, learns the tightly circumscribed boundary of ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rosa’s Animals: The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie by
           Maryann Macdonald (review)
    • Abstract: Painter Rosa Bonheur would have found little opportunity for formal art education in early to mid-nineteenth century France, but fortunately her freethinking father trained all of his children to become professional artists. Rosa would become the most noted, a Realist who focused on exotic and domesticated species and rendered them in sometimes monumentally sized canvases. Macdonald pares Rosa’s biography down to accessible chapters, highlighting such interest-sparking details as the artist’s need for documented permission to dress as a man to attend horse fairs and the mid-century portrait dolls modeled after her that became something of a rage. Plentiful, generously scaled reproductions of Bonheur’s work and that ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather (review)
    • Abstract: Sixteen-year-old Indira may resemble her mother, but she bristles at the comparison with the woman who is strung out and keeping company with a different man every night. Indira’s Grammy, fearful of what may happen to her granddaughter, therefore sends her away to her uncle’s family in Nassau. Instead of being kept safe, though, Indira is raped by her cousin Gary; now pregnant, she’s sent into a spiraling breathlessness—despite Grammy’s protection, despite her best personal efforts, she is becoming exactly who everyone said she would be. In flashbacks woven throughout the narrative, Indira relives her darkest moments as the smallest triggers send her mind back in time. She has allies, such as her childish yet loyal ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty (review)
    • Abstract: Four years ago, Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning, leaving her a math genius and also saddling her with OCD rituals. After long homeschooling, she now wants to go to college, but her grandmother insists the twelve-year-old give East Hamlin Middle School a one-year trial, wherein she must get involved in at least one activity and make at least one friend. Lucy surprises herself by making new friends relatively easily, but when life’s variables like tragedy and betrayal arise, she finds no easy solution. McAnulty delivers an appealing tale of an adolescent simply trying to figure things out. Lucy spends much of her time trying to hide her gift while her flaws are on full display, making her an easy target for ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Flicker in the Clarity by Amy McNamara (review)
    • Abstract: Evie, the quintessential sensible friend, believes she is nothing without the mercurial, charismatic Emma, and they’re both still reeling from the death of Emma’s beloved older brother, Patrick, a year ago. Emma, however, freezes Evie out their senior year after Evie impulsively fails to cover for Emma to her parents, an action that Emma sees as a serious betrayal. While on the outs from Emma, Evie meets Theo, a guy whose family runs a small museum, and romance begins to blossom, despite some dark hints about Theo’s past. Soon Emma’s back in Evie’s life, though, and demanding ever more from Evie, even to the point of wanting her to join Emma in destroying the mourning-centered art of Patrick’s old girlfriend. ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger by Colin Meloy (review)
    • Abstract: Kids with nascent interest in environmentalism, labor activism, American folk music, and banjo-totin’ vagabonds will eventually find that their interests lead to Pete Seeger, whose career, which lasted over seven decades and spanned two centuries, etched his name on pop music charts and in history books. Biographical highlights flow through Meloy’s rhyming text, which reads less like poetry than like song lyrics in the picked, strummed, sung, and talked delivery that marked Seeger’s style. An appended timeline will assist biography readers to make sense of the whole, but the kids most likely to appreciate the title are those who are familiar with Seeger’s sound and who are able to catch and apply Meloy’s cadence. ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Margot and Mateo Save the World by Darcy Miller (review)
    • Abstract: When Mateo punches a classmate for no apparent reason on the school bus, it’s the first sign that mind-controlling alien leeches are invading Earth. Margot, the new kid, knows she has to help Mateo (who’s mostly just annoyed that the alien Margot removes from the back of his neck has ruined his vintage pink polo) to save West Cove and the world. Short chapters make for a brisk pace as Margot, a freestyle wrestling prodigy, and Mateo quickly piece together an alien mystery from the sudden appearance of a beached whale that’s made the whole town reek for days and the increasingly peculiar behavior of people around town. The genuine rapport the two middle-schoolers develop along the way gives this story a surprising ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Scream All Night by Derek Milman (review)
    • Abstract: Dario thinks he’s put his past behind him after running away at age twelve, legally emancipating at age fourteen, and acclimating well in his group home. Now, nearly eighteen and accepted to Harvard, he’s called home by his ailing father, horror movie mogul Lucien Heyward, for a grotesque sendoff: he wants to be buried alive before he dies. Guilted into attendance by his older brother and drawn by the possibility of reconnection with his childhood flame, Hayley, Dario returns to secluded Moldavia Studios for the event, which transpires even more horrifically than anticipated. Before he can flee with his sanity, however, the reading of his father’s will indicates that he now has responsibility for either returning ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora (review)
    • Abstract: Ralph and Niblet are orange, black, and white cats who live in the same apartment building, and they’re best friends. One day, the cats try to visit each other and inadvertently swap places, leaving their human owners suspicious about the changes in their pets. The two children make posters and set out to find out why their cats have been replaced by imposters, and soon they bump into each other and get their pets back home—and also end up friends. Ralph and Niblet’s tale of mistaken identity is warmly humorous, sure to elicit giggles without getting young listeners too wound up before naptime. Kids who have worried about a lost pet will empathize with Dilla and Gemma and be reassured by the happy ending (and the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks (review)
    • Abstract: Seventeen-year-old Adrienne has never come to terms with the death of her father, the victim of a drunk driver, and she acts out her grief in hostility and general brattiness toward her stepfather, Dan. An anthropologist whose life work has been publicly discredited, Dan is determined to save his professional reputation by proving the existence of the elusive Osinov family of Russian recluses, around whom legends of everything from cannibalism to spiritual powers cling. Adrienne talks her way into accompanying him on his trip into Siberia, but before they reach their remote destination, their guides are found dead at the campsite and the Osinovs’ feelings about outsiders become clear. Dan and Adrienne flee for ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez (review)
    • Abstract: Branwen, lady-in-waiting to Princess Eseult of Iveriu, feels compelled to use her gift as a healer to help the injured man who washes up near the castle’s shore, despite the fact that he is clearly from Kernyv, her kingdom’s warring enemy. Tantris claims to be a mere poet and thus no threat to Branny, and as she cares for him over the next few weeks in a hidden cave, they inevitably fall in love; their loyalties to their people eventually trump their feelings, however, and Tantris departs after he is healed. He turns up surprisingly soon—this time as Prince Tristan of Kernyv, vying for Princess Eseult’s hand in marriage to join their two kingdoms together in peace. In this revision of the traditional tale of ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl (review)
    • Abstract: A year after her boyfriend’s death, Beatrice remains unconvinced that his demise was just an accident and takes an invite to hang out with her former groups of friends—whom she’s been estranged from since the night Jim died—as a chance to figure out what really happened. Instead, she ends up in a near-dead state herself when the group is in a drunken car wreck, and she and the other four teens find themselves in Neverworld, a limbo where they must relive the day of their accident over and over until they come to a consensus on which person gets to return to life. Unsurprisingly, it takes thousands of “wakes” to get the group to agree on anything, and they decide that before any decision is made, they’ll use the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Curse of the Werewolf Boy by Chris Priestley (review)
    • Abstract: Maudlin Towers School for the Not Particularly Bright Sons of the Not Especially Wealthy is not only gloomy and bleak, it’s also frightfully dull—until the physics teacher dies under mysterious circumstances, a small Viking is spotted on the lawn, the revered School Spoon goes missing, a ghostly woman is heard wailing in a room, and the history teacher starts acting bonkers. Avid reader of detective stories Mildew and his bumbling pal Sponge decide to do some sleuthing to get to the bottom of the excitement, but they only find more strangeness when they come across a time machine and possible evidence of a werewolf. It’s all good campy fun, and Priestley plays his hand deftly, slowing the pace to keep the comedy of ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio (review)
    • Abstract: Lou (short for Lucinda) loves building and woodwork, and her dream is to build a tiny house on the land her late father left to her. When she finds out her mother is considering taking a job out of state that would require her and Lou to move away from Lou’s friends and extended Filipino-American family, Lou decides that getting her house built is the way to convince her mother to stay. Lou, with her love of creation and her independent drive, is a beguiling heroine, and the portrait of her life with a massive complement of close cousins, an adoring grandmother, and lots of tasty Filipino food is upbeat and affectionate. The book ladles on too many subplots, though, with Lou’s participation in a Filipino festival ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Sunny by Jason Reynolds (review)
    • Abstract: Sunny is deeply dissatisfied with his performance on the Defenders track team. He always wins, nobody cares much about the mile race until its closing seconds, and besides, he’d rather dance. Aurelia, the dear friend of Sunny’s deceased mother, recognizes this as she homeschools him, and she knows how rhythm, rhyme, grief, and misplaced guilt (his mother died giving birth to him) fill his mind and spill out in his movements. Darryl, Sunny’s father, doesn’t get it, though, and he’s completely thrown off when Sunny just stops in the middle of a race—to let someone else win for a change and to send out a cri de coeur. Coach then suggests he take a break from the mile and try discus throw, a field event whose graceful ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg (review)
    • Abstract: In prose that often rivals that of her subject for its lyricism, Rosenberg presents an honest look at a woman who, while providing some of literature’s happiest moments, wavered between extremes of emotion herself. Exquisitely sensitive to both beauty and pain, Maud Montgomery suffered bouts of severe depression throughout her life, a condition exacerbated by the circumstances she endured. Following the death of her mother when she was two, Maud was also abandoned by her beloved father, who left her in the care of her stern grandparents as he moved west and started a new family. While her father and grandfather refused to support her, her grandmother dipped into her own savings to enable Maud to further her ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Legend of Greg by Chris Rylander (review)
    • Abstract: When Greg discovers he’s a magical Dwarf, it explains a lot, from his dad’s mysterious work trips and strange affinity for herbal teas to his family’s unbelievably terrible luck, especially on Thursdays, to why a polar bear attacked Greg during a school trip. Even worse, he finds out that his best and only friend Edwin is an Elf, a race that has been the mortal enemies of Dwarves since the beginning of time. Now a “New Magical Age” quickly approaches and while it’s not clear exactly what this means, the warring Elves and Dwarves can agree on at least one thing: it won’t be peaceful. With an affinity for awful puns, Rylander delivers a world where Dwarves, Elves, Fairies, Trolls, and other mystical peoples have long ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez (review)
    • Abstract: When she was eight years old, Emilia DeJesus was brutally beaten, dragged into the woods, and only saved from rape and death when crows attacked her assailant. Unable to talk after the incident, she nonetheless was able to pick out Jeremy, a disabled boy who frightened her once, as her attacker. Now she’s sixteen and it’s 1994, and Emilia has struggled, mostly unsuccessfully, to recover. Her voice has returned, but her father has left the family, her mother watches her obsessively, and both her sensitive boyfriend, Ian, and her gentle older brother, Tomás, treat her like she’s made of glass. Beautifully written but ineffably sad, Emilia’s story is a case study of trauma and its aftermath. From the moment her ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Just under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno (review)
    • Abstract: Life has not been easy for twelve-year-old Cora: her father died six years ago, she’s charged with the after-school care of her ten-year-old sister, Adare, who has mental challenges resulting from oxygen deprivation at birth, and she and her mother and sister are living in a homeless shelter. When their room at the homeless shelter is broken into, their mother takes them to the swanky apartment of her friend Willa. Cora’s mother wants to move on to a new social services placement, but Cora loves the stability and comforts of the apartment. Meanwhile, Cora struggles to keep her father’s memory alive, negotiate a new friendship, keep Adare safe, and define for herself what she means by home. Despite the trim page ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scanlon (review)
    • Abstract: School takes an unsettling turn for our protagonist when one day she’s faced with a substitute teacher instead of her familiar Mrs. Giordano. In sixteen short entries in letter form, she addresses aspects of school ranging from attendance (“The substitute doesn’t know how to pronounce anything”) to her own tears (“Not here. Not now”); eventually, though, Miss Pelly wins the girl over with a storytime of funny poems, so the final entry is to Mrs. Giordano (“It’s okay if you’re not quite ready to come back tomorrow”). Scanlon and Vernick make witty and varied choices for the apostrophic address (“Dear Homework That I Stayed Up Late Doing” rubs shoulders with “Dear Class Rules” as well as “Dear Turtle,” to the class ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Key to Every Thing by Pat Schmatz (review)
    • Abstract: Rising sixth-grader Tash heads off to camp in a snit, furious that she’s being sent and still seething from a battle royale with Cap’n Jackie, the neighbor who’s a de facto grandmother to Tash. The girl turns out to love camp and begins to regret her hurtful treatment of her dear friend, who introduced her to the power of imagination, but upon returning home she finds that Jackie had a bad fall. Now Cap’n Jackie’s in a rehab facility and withdrawing from the world, and Tash is desperate to find a way to connect with her and receive forgiveness. Schmatz adroitly keeps the story poignant but not sentimental, even through sad reveals about Tash’s backstory (abandoned by her parents, now living with a loving ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Spell & Spindle by Michelle Schusterman (review)
    • Abstract: When eleven-year-old Chance moves away, his old boss at the Museum of the Peculiar Arts gives him a going-away present: Penny, a life-size marionette, who turns out to be sentient, and who becomes fast friends with Chance. One morning Chance and Penny wake up having swapped bodies, and before they can figure out a way to swap back, a sinister man known only as the puppeteer kidnaps Chance. Chapters rotate among points of view, starting with only Chance and Penny but later expanding to others, especially Chance’s sister Constance, as she and Penny team up to rescue Chance from the Puppeteer. Occasional shifts into peripheral characters reveal a wider mystery connecting a slew of missing children and the truth behind ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood (review)
    • Abstract: Each of the four orphaned Garrett sisters is facing a challenging summer. With Gram on the mend from knee surgery, nineteen-year-old Des feels like Cinderella, overworked at the family’s bookstore and at home, wondering whether her decision not to go to art school has condemned her to a boring life. Next oldest Bea is second-guessing the future she planned with her boyfriend, Erik, when they were thirteen, especially since a new guy has come to town and turned her head. High school junior Kat is furious that her boyfriend cheated on her, as is her hot friend, Mason, so they decide to pretend-date to make their guys jealous, only maybe it isn’t all pretend, and maybe they don’t want their old boyfriends back anyway. ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone (review)
    • Abstract: Next door neighbors Hannah and Emory were friends for over a decade, despite significant differences in their core beliefs (Hannah’s a Christian with a pastor father, Emory’s a non-believer). Now, however, the girls aren’t speaking after a fight that split them apart. Other than that, things are going well for Emory—she’s in love with her boyfriend, Luke, and she has been accepted to UCLA’s theater program. Hannah, on the other hand, is questioning her faith in both God and her father, who poured her college funds into his dream of a Christian school. When Luke dies in his car in front of Hannah’s house and is revived three minutes later, he turns to Hannah and her father to share his experience, and things get ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas (review)
    • Abstract: Five years ago, five cheerleaders from the same squad died within weeks of each other. As the anniversary of their deaths approach, Monica, the younger sister of one of the girls, begins to have questions about the official stories of their deaths. Was the single car accident that killed the first two girls really what it seemed' Was the man killed by Monica’s policeman stepfather, Tom, the actual murderer of the second pair' And did Monica’s sister really commit suicide a few days after their funeral' Aided by a new friend at school, she sifts clues and draws conclusions that get her close to the truth and put her own life in danger. Beginning with Monica’s recovery from a seemingly unrelated abortion, this ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser (review)
    • Abstract: At the start of this sequel to Song of the Current (BCCB 5/17), seventeen-year-old Caroline Oresteia—privateer captain of the Vix and favorite of the sea god—finds herself torn between her desire for adventure and her love for Markos Andela, whose claim to the throne of Akhaia has placed him at the forefront of a revolution. Dodging assassination attempts while trying to drum up support for the younger son of a deposed Emparch has turned out to be surprisingly boring, though, and Caro and Markos are soon faced with a difficult choice when an Akhaian noble offers Markos an army in exchange for Markos’ marrying his daughter. This star-crossed-lovers setup veers swiftly off its expected course when the sea god ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • City of Islands by Kali Wallace (review)
    • Abstract: The Lady of the Tides, one of the City of Islands’ powerful mages, rewards those who bring her artifacts and treasures from the surrounding sea, and twelve-year-old Mara is certain her latest haul from diving will give her a chance at studying magic at the Citadel. Mara’s discovery of the bones of strange hybrid animals does indeed catch the Lady’s attention, but before she will grant Mara a place at the Citadel, she asks the girl to do the near impossible: sneak into the fortress Winter Blade, where the Lady believes the Lord of the Muck is using powerful bone magic, and determine what he is using that magic for. This is a setting rich in mythology and secrets, and Wallace deftly balances world building with a ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Bear in My Bed by Joyce Wan (review)
    • Abstract: When our young protagonist finds a large brown bear in his bed, he takes it in stride, but then he comes back from dinner to find his unexpected guest has left the bedroom a mess. Using the cleaning up of toys as an impetus to start the bedtime routine, the boy easily slips into the parent role, walking the bear through the steps of brushing teeth, reading stories, etc., and finally giving goodnight kisses. Kids will no doubt be familiar with the steps, but the silent bear’s antics add giggles to the predictability as he parties when it’s potty time, dons underwear on his head as jammies, and attempts to eat the bedtime books. The plot is slight, however, and it takes a couple of strange turns that undermine the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass (review)
    • Abstract: Since her mother died, Kitty has been living at Bramley Castle, housed there because her mother worked at the castle and Kitty is the beloved girlfriend of Nikki, Lord Bramley’s son. When Nikki learns from a psychic that he has no future, he takes the prediction as seriously as Kitty feared he would, and within a few short weeks of increasingly bizarre behavior, he dies by his own hand. This is all revealed in retrospect, as it is now a year later, and Kitty is determined to find the traveling psychic’s canal boat and confront her. What she finds instead is a charismatic charlatan named Roan, who convinces her that he can help the family through the depression that has debilitated them since Nikki’s death. Roan ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Turning by Emily Whitman (review)
    • Abstract: Aran has waited eleven years, wondering when he will get his pelt like the rest of his selkie clan and be able to transform from human to seal form to join them in the open waters. When Moon Day passes with no pelt, Aran’s mother decides to head north to consult with the “wise ones,” leaving Aran with a kindly old woman. Aran is initially not at all happy about the arrangement, but soon he forms a close bond with Maggie and befriends a neighbor girl. When his mom returns with his pelt, Aran finds himself torn between his life on land and his life in the sea. There is a cozy predictability as Aran realizes he can belong to both families without losing either, and the tension leading up to that decision is just ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • When the Cousins Came by Katie Yamasaki (review)
    • Abstract: Our narrator, Lila, is thrilled when her cousins Rosie and Takeo come to visit. They have their own ways (skateboards rather than a bike), but that just adds to their allure (“Everything the cousins did was a little bit extra special”). The visit culminates in a campout, originally planned for outside until the rain poured down and then happening in the house; though Lila is initially hurt at the cousins’ creation of a separate tent for themselves, soon the three join the tents together, and when Rosie and Takeo depart, Lila glows at the happy note they leave for her. Yamasaki keeps the story engaging without resorting to major conflict, making it clear that this is a fond extended family where minor differences ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Blowing Our Own Horn Department
    • Abstract: Several Bulletin and CCB affiliates garnered 2018 awards and honors from the Children’s Literature Association.Karen Coats, professor in the Department of English at Illinois State University and longtime Bulletin reviewer, won the Edited Book Award along with her co-editor Lisa Rowe Fraustino for Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism (University Press of Mississippi, 2016). The award recognizes an essay collection that makes a distinct or significant contribution to the understanding of youth literature from a literary, cultural, historical or theoretical perspective. Says Coats, “Living or dead, present or absent, human or animal, dysfunctional or good ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Subject and Use Index
    • Abstract: Keyed to The Bulletin’s alphabetical arrangement by author, this index, which appears in each issue, can be used in three ways. Entries in regular type refer to subjects; entries in bold type refer to curricular or other uses; entries in ALL-CAPS refer to genres and appeals. In the case of subject headings, the subhead “stories” refers to books for the readaloud audience; “fiction,” to those books intended for independent reading.Abuse–fiction: KisnerDVENTURE: Bowman; James, G.; Lang; Miller; Parks; Rylander; Tolcser; WallaceAfrican Americans: Cline-RansomeAfrican Americans–fiction: Binns; Jackson; ReynoldsAfterlife–fiction: Abbott; PesslAliens–fiction: LixAnger–fiction: SchmatzAnimals: Macdonald ... Read More
      Keywords: Sulit, William; Santat, Dan; Johnson, Katherine G.; Jeffries, John,; Nez, Chester; Garrity-Riley, Kelsey; Carnivals; Birmingham, Chi; Death; Bryksenkova, Yelena; Chin, Jason,; Bonheur, Rosa,; Pregnancy; Savants (Savant syndrome); Seeger, Pete,; Cats;
      PubDate: 2018-05-29T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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