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A Look at Reviews by Book: Fall 2018

Review Abbreviations: BCCB—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books BL—Booklist CL—Children’s Literature Database K—Kirkus Reviews LJ—Library Journal PW—Publishers Weekly SLJ—School Library Journal V—Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) H—The Horn Book Magazine HG—The Horn Book Guide *indicates starred review ^ indicates outstanding or superior

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      Merlin's Last Quest: Mice of the Round Table #3

      by Julie Leung

      Feb 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary Plus

      Mouse Cecily and one of Merlin’s treasures are in the paws of the evil Saxons! It’s up to mouse squire Calib and his human companion, Galahad, to stage a rescue mission.

      Mac Undercover: Mac B., Spy Kid #1

      by Mac Barnett

      Feb 2019

      Humor Elementary Plus

      SLJ*, K, PW,
      Before Mac Barnett was an author, he was a kid. And when he was a kid, he was a spy. Not just any spy. A spy for the Queen of England. Three-color illustrations.

      The Flooded Earth

      by Mardi McConnochie

      Feb 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      BL
      Forty years after Earth was devastated by massive flooding, twins Will and Annalie must flee corrupt authorities and overcome the sea’s dangers to find their missing father.

      Eliza Bing Is (Not) a Star

      by Carmella Van Vleet

      Feb 2019

      Sports Elementary Plus

      Eliza wants her gold belt in taekwondo. She also wants to be friends with stage-obsessed Annie. Can she learn how to break a leg in the school play and break a board in the dojang?

      Counting to Perfect

      by Suzanne LaFleur

      Feb 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      BL
      Cassie hasn’t spent much time with her older sister, Julia. Not since Julia had baby Addie. Now, the girls are on a road trip that just might bring them back together.

      I'm Ok

      by Patti Kim

      Feb 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Ok Lee knows it’s his responsibility to help pay the bills. With his father gone and his mother working three jobs and still barely making ends meet, there’s really no other choice. If only he could win the cash prize at the school talent contest! But he can’t sing or dance, and has no magic up his sleeves, so he tries the next best thing: a hair braiding business.
      It’s too bad the girls at school can’t pay him much, and he’s being befriended against his will by Mickey McDonald, the unusual girl with a larger-than-life personality. Who needs friends? They’d only distract from his mission, and Ok believes life is better on his own. Then there’s Asa Banks, the most popular boy in their grade, who’s got it out for Ok.
      But when the pushy deacon at their Korean church starts wooing Ok’s mom, it’s the last straw. Ok has to come up with an exit strategy—fast.

      Two Roads

      by Joseph Bruchac

      Feb 2019

      Advanced Readers

      BL, H*
      After Ok Lee’s father dies, his mother struggles to pay the bills, so Ok teams up with classmate Mickey to win the school talent contest and take home the cash prize.

      Making Friends

      by Kristen Gudsnuk

      Feb 2019

      Graphic Novels Middle Plus

      SLJ*
      Danielle needs a perfect friend, but sometimes making (or creating) one is a lot easier than keeping one!
      Sometimes making a friend is a lot easier than keeping one!
      Sixth grade was SO much easier for Danny. All her friends were in the same room and she knew exactly what to expect out of life. Now that she's in seventh grade, she's in a new middle school, her friends are in different classes and forming new cliques, and she is totally, completely lost. What Danny really needs is a new best friend! So when she inherits a magic sketchbook from her eccentric great-aunt in which anything she sketches in it comes to life, she draws Madison, the most amazing, perfect, and awesome best friend ever.
      The thing is, even when you create a best friend, there's no guarantee they'll always be your best friend. Especially when they discover they've been created with magic!
      Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

      The Guggenheim Mystery

      by Robin Stevens

      Feb 2019

      Mystery Middle Plus

      PW*, BL*
      Ted's aunt is the prime suspect in a high-profile art theft at the museum where she works. Ted, his sister, and their cousin follow a trail of clues across New York City to prove Aunt Gloria’s innocence—and to find the real thief. Author’s note.

      Buried Lives: The Enslaved People Of George Wasthington's Mount Vernon

      by Carla Killough McClafferty

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      When he was eleven years old, George Washington inherited ten human beings. His own life has been well chronicled, but the lives of the people he owned—the people who supported his plantation and were buried in unmarked graves there—have not. Using fascinating primary source material and photographs of historical artifacts, Carla McClafferty sheds light on the lives of several people George Washington owned; the property laws of the day that complicated his decision to free them; and the Cemetery Survey, an archeological dig (set to conclude in 2018) that is shaping our understanding of Mount Vernon’s Slave Cemetery. Poignant and thought-provoking, Buried Lives blends the past with the present in a forward-looking account of a haunting piece of American history.
      Author's note. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white and full-color illustrations, photographs, and reproductions.

      The Wind Called My Name

      by Mary Louise Sanchez

      Feb 2019

      PG Middle Plus

      In this heartwarming historical middle-grade set in the 1930s -- perfect for fans of Esperanza Rising and Hattie Big Sky -- Margaríta Sandoval and her family try to navigate the shifting winds of belonging in their new Wyoming town.
      Some days, ten-year-old Margaríta Sandoval feels as if the wind might blow her away. The country has been gripped by the Great Depression, so times are hard everywhere. Then she has to leave her família in New Mexico -- especially her beloved Abuelita -- to move to Fort Steele, Wyoming, where her father has taken a job on the railroad.
      When Margaríta meets Evangeline, she's excited to have a friend her own age in Wyoming. But it often seems like Evangeline, and everyone else in town, doesn't understand or appreciate the Sandovals' Hispanic heritage. At the same time, the Sandovals discover they might lose Abuelita's land and their ancestral home unless they can pay off her tax bill. Can Margaríta keep her friend, help her family in New Mexico, and find a place in Fort Steele for good?
      Some days, ten-year-old Margaríta Sandoval feels as if the wind might blow her away. The country has been gripped by the Great Depression, so times are hard everywhere. Then she has to leave her família in New Mexico -- especially her beloved Abuelita -- to move to Fort Steele, Wyoming, where her father has taken a job on the railroad.
      When Margaríta meets Evangeline, she's excited to have a friend her own age in Wyoming. But it often seems like Evangeline, and everyone else in town, doesn't understand or appreciate the Sandovals' Hispanic heritage. At the same time, the Sandovals discover they might lose Abuelita's land and their ancestral home unless they can pay off her tax bill. Can Margaríta keep her friend, help her family in New Mexico, and find a place in Fort Steele for good?
      Author's note. List of dichos (proverbs). Glossary and pronunciation guide.

      Girls of Paper and Fire

      by Natasha Ngan

      Feb 2019

      Current Trends High Plus

      BL, K
      Foreword by James Patterson. Maps. Note on castes. Author's note with resources.
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