Review by Kaila Johnson. By intertwining her struggles as a teenager with her life as an activist, Robinson reminds readers of her vulnerability and the weight that racism unjustly places on children’s shoulders. … More Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963 by Sharon Robinson
Indigenous futurity takes on a new meaning in Wab Kinew’s debut YA novel, Walking in Two Worlds. Review by Carolina Leyton. … More Walking in Two Worlds by Wab Kinew
Review by Hira Peracha. [W]hen Joss finds herself contaminated with dark magic that allows her inside Lord Banyon’s memories, she teams up with the mysterious Jericho Nox, a 19-year-old thief, to expel all sources of magic from within her before the people she loves find out. … More Echoes and Empires by Morgan Rhodes
Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket is a novel of philosophy, mystery, and adventure.
Review by Ayşe Lara Yildirim … More Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket, illus. Margaux Kent
After losing her mother when she was ten, Liz holds onto their connection by doing the thing that they loved the most: watching sappy, wonderfully over-the-top dramatic rom-coms. … More Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter
But then, the summer before middle school begins, Uncle Roderick dies. And the ghosts aren’t just cold spots and strange noises anymore: There’s a new ghost — one who seems to have an urgent message for Bug. Too Bright to See is the debut novel from librarian and children’s author Kyle Lukoff. … More Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff
Review by MacKenzie Sewell
In Grave Message, Mary Jennifer Payne creates a mystery that readers of all ages can become immersed in.
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How does a writer describe the trauma and suffering in the aftermath of a school shooting? In Nothing But Life, Brent van Staalduinen tackles difficult subject matter with bravery, sensitivity, and compassion. … More Nothing But Life by Brent van Staalduinen
Alice Choy has never had trouble expressing herself through song. But even she isn’t prepared when a casual night out singing karaoke with her little sister in Seoul ends with an offer to audition for one of the top K-pop entertainment companies in the world. … More Idol Gossip by Alexandra Leigh Young
Review by RJ McDaniel. Provides young readers with concrete examples of how numbers shape our lives while giving them the framework to pursue their curiosity about these numbers beyond the pages of the book. … More We Are One: How the World Adds Up by Susan Hood, illus. Linda Yan