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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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      Make a Wish, Henry Bear

      by Liam Francis Walsh

      Jul 2019

      Easy Reading

      Henry Bear has very unusual parents. They encourage him to stay up all night, eat chocolate cake at every meal, and get into trouble with his teacher. But what happens when Henry Bear grows tired of indulging in childish things?

      Full-color illustrations created with India ink, ink wash, mixed-media collage, and Photoshop.

      The Wicked King

      by Holly Black

      May 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      SLJ, K*
      After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.


      Sanity & Tallulah

      by Molly Brooks

      May 2019

      Graphic Novels Elementary Plus

      K, SLJ
      Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it's too late?
      Two-color illustrations.

      El traje del armadillo y otras leyendas de Latinoamérica (The Armadillo's Suit and Other Latin American Legends)

      by Teresa Icaza

      May 2019

      Spanish Elementary

      Find out why the armadillo wears a suit, the rabbit is on the moon, the eel is the protector of the waters or why the condors fly in pairs. These legends are part of the cultural heritage of Latin America.

      Full-color illustrations.

      Comet Rising

      by MarcyKate Connolly

      Apr 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary Plus

      Emmeline and Lucas are convinced they are safe from Lady Aisling and her soldiers…for now. But one night, Emmeline's imprisoned shadow, Dar, warns them that they will soon be apprehended. They try to ignore her, but the next night Lucas's parents are captured and Lucas, Emmeline, and Dar barely escape. With nothing left to lose, Emmeline and Lucas recruit other children with magical abilities to march against Lady Aisling and free those she has taken captive. But then Dar escapes, and they find themselves watching their backs as they plan their attack.

      The Girl King

      by Mimi Yu

      Apr 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      Sisters Lu and Min are princesses of the Diyi Huo empire. Lu expects to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min believes she’ll live in Lu’s shadow. But everything changes when Lu is framed for murder.

      The Big Game

      by Tim Green

      Mar 2019

      Sports Elementary Plus

      SLJ, V
      After his father suddenly dies, Danny wants to play varsity football in tribute to his dad's legacy. But his English teacher, Ms. Rait, stands in his way. Author’s note.

      Author’s note.

      The Hen Who Sailed Around the World: A True Story

      by Guirec Soudée

      Mar 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      PW, K
      Guirec Soudée and Monique set off from Greenland. A unique sailing pair, they’re trying to be "the youngest navigator and first chicken ever to cross the dangerous Northwest Passage over Canada."

      Map and further information on the trip. Full-color photographs.

      Galápagos Girl / Galapagueña

      by Marsha Diane Arnold

      Mar 2019

      Spanish Elementary

      K, SLJ
      Valentina swims with pingüinos and climbs over lava rocks with iguanas marinas. Inspired by the childhood of one of the first permanent inhabitants of las islas Galápagos.

      Author’s note. Note on the Galápagos Islands. Facts about Galápagos animals. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations rendered in pencil with digital color.


      by Edith Pattou

      Mar 2019

      Advanced Readers Plus

      SLJ, BL
      When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake.

      Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife

      by Amy Cherrix

      Mar 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      North Carolin'’s black bears were once a threatened species, but conservation efforts have been so successful that there is a boom in bear population. Now scientists ask: can humans and bears live compatibly in and around Asheville?

      Web resources. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Author’s note. Index. Full-color photographs.

      The Library Book

      by Susan Orlean

      Mar 2019

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      In 1986, a fire at the Los Angeles Public library burned for seven hours, destroying 400,000 books and damaging 700,000 more. More than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

      Selected sources.
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