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Book Review: Grades 5 & Up | April 2013

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School Library Journal starred reviews BALLIETT, Blue. Hold Fast. 288p. Scholastic. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-29988-6; ebook $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-51019-6.
Gr 6-9–The four Pearls live in a one-room apartment in South Side Chicago, rejoicing in their love for reading and celebrating words and poetic rhythms while keeping their eye on the dream of a house of their own. Dash, the father, works at the library, quotes Langston Hughes, and takes on some extra work for a dealer of old books, hoping to build up the family nest egg. When he disappears, and a violent break-in forces Early; her mother, Sum; and her younger brother, Jubilation, to escape to a homeless shelter, they are sure that their father will show up soon and they will be together again. But Dash’s strange disappearance and the police’s refusal to believe that there is more to the story cause Early to summon her strength and follow the clues herself. Balliett paints a vivid picture, a literary composition reminiscent of an Impressionist painting, and the landscape of life as a child within the social-services system comes into focus through the eyes of an 11-year-old. Early’s interactions with the other kids at the shelter and at school help her devise a letter-writing campaign about housing for the homeless that one hopes might gain a foothold in the real world. This is an engaging mystery in which books are both the problem and the solution, and the author shows that the fight to hold fast to your dreams rewards those who persevere. Excellent.–Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH

School Library Journal starred reviews BARON , Jeff. I Represent Sean Rosen. 324p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-218747-5; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-06-218749-9.
Gr 6-8–Sean Rosen has an idea for a movie, one that he’s certain is worth a lot of money. Unfortunately, he can’t get it sold because he needs an agent or a manager. Since nobody wants to represent a 13-year-old boy, he moves to plan B: he invents Dan Welch to represent him. When the vice president of an entertainment company responds to Dan’s email about his client, Sean must keep the myth alive while struggling with the decision to accept the offer he has received. In this hilarious debut novel, Baron gives readers interesting insight into the creative process. The ending, though a bit of a surprise, brings the story to a logical and perfect conclusion, but one gets the feeling that this may not be the last time readers hear from Sean Rosen. Fans of Jeff Kinney’s “Wimpy Kid” (Abrams) and Carl Hiaasen’s books will not be disappointed.–Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TX

School Library Journal starred reviews BLAGDEN , Scott. Dear Life, You Suck. 320p. Houghton Harcourt. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-90431-3.
Gr 9 Up–In present-day Maine, Cricket Cherpin is the oldest resident at the Naskeag Home for Boys. Since he arrived at age 10 with a scar in the shape of an “X” marring one side of his face, he has been both trouble to the nuns who raise him and a godsend to the Little Ones who look up to him. Taught to box by the caretaker of the property, Cricket protects the younger kids from bullies, one school-yard fight at a time. But it comes at a cost. He is one fight away from expulsion and eight months away from his 18th birthday. His request to remain a boarder at the home is denied, and Cricket must decide where he will go when the nuns can no longer protect him. The way he sees it, he has three options: go from collecting fees for a drug dealer to dealing himself, take Caretaker’s advice and box for real, or choose the easy way out and end his life. Throughout this first novel, Cricket evolves from an angry young man into the role model the younger boys believe him to be. His internal dialogue evolves as well. The beginning pages are wrought with sarcasm and teen speak that will likely be as difficult for some teen readers to decipher as it is for adults. However, as the character changes, so does the writing.This is a truly original work, and fans of Sherman Alexie may find a new favorite in Blagden.–Jennifer Furuyama, Pendleton Public Library, OR

School Library Journal starred reviews MEDINA , Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. 272p. Candlewick. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5859-5; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6354-4. LC 2012943645.
Gr 7 Up–Piedad  Sanchez moved at the beginning of her sophomore year, and a few weeks into classes at her new school a girl comes up to say that “Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.” As a first line, it sets the focus for Piddy, who has always had friends, gotten good grades, and managed quite well in her old school. There’s no real reason for the enmity, but the threat is more than real and begins to permeate Piddy’s life. Gradually readers see that her mother’s best friend, who works at a hair salon and has been her support, is the only adult who even has a clue about what is going on. The Queens, New York, neighborhood is solidly Hispanic and the language reflects the culture. Piddy does a downward spiral as the torment gets increasingly worse. The school reaction and the dilemma she faces are realistically portrayed. Yaqui can get to her in and out of school,  and she is vulnerable to being terrorized by a whole group of  Yaqui supporters. The way that the abuse and threats impact Piddy to try to become a bad girl herself is logically presented. The plight of a pair of abandoned kittens parallels her own loneliness and loss. The Latino cultural milieu adds a richness and texture that lifts this up above many problem novels. The plot points are dexterously intertwined, and the characters are distinct. A real bonus for those looking for a bullying book for older readers that is not simplistic.–Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO

School Library Journal starred reviews SAUNDERS , Kate. Magicalamity. 304p. Delacorte. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-385-74077-7; PLB $23.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98968-1; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98928-5. LC 2011041882.
Gr 4-6–This funny, outrageous romp through fairyland has it all: spies, secret organizations, fairy godmothers, flying carpets, and magic. Tom Harding is under the mistaken impression that he is a normal 11-year-old, until the day that his parents disappear and he finds a bumbling fairy in his kitchen, making eggs for breakfast. It turns out that she is one of his three fairy godmothers, his father is a fairy in mortal danger, his mother has been hidden in a jar of sun-dried tomatoes, and he is a demisprite, a persona non grata in the fairy kingdom. Despite this, it is clear to Tom that he will have to save his parents from the fury of the ruling Falconer family. With the help of his fairy godmothers and Pindar, a renegade Falconer, he uses his determination, courage, and clear-sightedness to bring the story to a satisfying resolution. Children who prefer their fantasy lighthearted will love this action-packed adventure, brimming with sly humor and clever asides, such as the Realm Wide Web with the Abracadabra browser. This book should fly off the shelves, with or without a magic carpet.–Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City

School Library Journal starred reviews THOMPSON , Holly. The Language Inside. 528p. further reading. websites. Delacorte. May 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-385-73979-5; PLB $20.99. ISBN 978-0-385-90807-8; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-89835-8.
Gr 7 Up–Emma, a 15-year-old American raised in Japan, feels adrift when she is transplanted to her grandmother’s home in Massachusetts so her mother can undergo breast-cancer treatment. Though she is not Asian, she considers Japan her home. But to her surprise, she starts putting down roots in her new home by volunteering at a long-term care center and navigating a tentative relationship with another volunteer, a Cambodian American boy named Samnang. Emma’s story weaves together a variety of disparate topics, including reverse culture shock, cancer, the Cambodian refugee experience, dance, volunteerism, and teen alcoholism. The number of themes could seem overwhelming, but is made manageable by the spare beauty and clarity of free verse. The format flows naturally from the plot, as Emma is a poet herself, and her volunteer service involves helping a stroke victim cope through the exercise of writing poetry. Today’s teens, said to volunteer at a higher rate than previous generations, will see themselves in Emma as she looks beyond herself to understand and help others even while grappling with her own concerns. She is driven to help in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, and readers will cheer her on as she faces the challenge of contributing to relief efforts from a distance. Her longing for Japan will also resonate with those familiar with the country and its culture, as Thompson captures perfectly the feeling of belonging elsewhere. A sensitive and compelling read that will inspire teens to contemplate how they can make a difference.–Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA

School Library Journal starred reviews VAUGHN , Lauren Roedy. OCD, the Dude, and Me. 240p. Dial. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3843-0. LC 2012025357.
Gr 9 Up–Readers will enjoy 17-year-old Danielle Levine’s antics as she writes about her senior year in essays assigned by her English teacher. Ms. Harrison doesn’t always appreciate the latitude Danielle takes with each assignment and is frank in her responses, making readers feel the curse of the red pen. Danielle goes to an alternative high school in California where she struggles with OCD, has no friends, has to attend social-skills class, and has to deal with her crush, Jacob, who sends her mixed signals throughout the book. The teen is surely down on herself and readers will wonder why. As the plot turns, this well-developed character eventually reveals what caused her to leave her old school. Readers will watch her grow and appreciate her insightfulness into a variety of situations and classmates. Reluctant readers will appreciate the style of writing, and novice writers will see how it is therapeutic for Danielle. Initially readers understand why no one likes her, but by the end of her transformation, her classmates see her differently, and teens will, too. It is apparent that Vaughn understands adolescents and what it is like to watch them develop as writers and work through a traumatic experience. With a touch of humor and sarcasm throughout, this one is sure to find an appreciative audience.–Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

School Library Journal starred reviews ZARR , Sara. The Lucy Variations. 320p. Little, Brown. May 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-316-20501-6; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-316-23201-2.
Gr 8 Up–When 16-year-old Lucy walked out of a concert in Prague two years earlier, following a devastating discovery, her grandfather and mother abandoned their dreams of her career as a pianist. With Lucy’s younger brother, Gus, now the rising star of the family, she must adjust to life as an average high school student. But the arrival of Will Devi, Gus’s new piano tutor, inspires Lucy to reexamine herself and challenge her family’s assumption that she lacks devotion to her craft. Though self-possessed and intelligent, Lucy is often an impulsive and uncertain protagonist, which makes her an at times frustrating but always realistic adolescent with whom readers will readily identify. Adult characters receive an equally rich treatment; Lucy’s cold, dominating grandfather in particular reveals a softer side that keeps him from verging on cliché. The novel’s measured plotting, which includes brief flashbacks to Lucy’s previous life, effectively conveys both the rigorous discipline and joy that defined her commitment to music. The quiet, restrained prose is well suited for this thoughtful story about the struggle to find one’s voice. Exploring relationships is where Zarr soars; in addition to Lucy’s difficult rapport with her overbearing mother and stern grandfather, she must also cope with Gus’s anger and jealousy as Will’s interest in her career grows, her increasingly strained friendships, and her complicated feelings for Will himself. This strong coming-of-age story about music, passion, and the search for identity will appeal to longtime fans of Zarr’s work and newcomers alike.–Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

The following titles are reviewed in the April print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


ARATO , Rona. The Last Train: A Holocaust Story. 144p. photos. Owlkids. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-926973-62-3. LC 2012945654.

ARMENTROUT , Jennifer L. Cursed. 288p. Spencer Hill. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-9831572-7-4.

AUCH , Mj. One + One = Blue. 262p. Holt/Christy Ottaviano. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9405-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9846-4.

AVERETT , Edward. Cameron and the Girls. 232p. Clarion. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-61215-7. LC 2012015765.

BARROW , Randi. Finding Zasha. 344p. chron. maps. Scholastic. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-45218-2; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-53223-5. LC 2012030834.

BENEDIS-GRAB , Daphne. The Girl in the Wall. 256p. Merit. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-4405-5270-0; ebook $17.95. ISBN 978-1-4405-5271-7.

BERK , Josh. Strike Three, You’re Dead. 250p. (A Lenny & the Mikes Mystery Series). Knopf. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-87008-8; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-97008-5; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98736-6. LC 2012023892.

BRESLIN , Theresa. Prisoner in Alcatraz. 71p. Stoke. 2012. pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-1-7811-2124-5; PLB $22.60. ISBN 978-1-78112-125-2.

BROOKS , Kevin. Johnny Delgado: Private Detective. 81p. ISBN 978-1-7811-2115-3; ISBN 978-1-78112-116-0.
––––. Watcher. 51p. ISBN 978-1-7811-2106-1; ISBN 978-1-78112-107-8.
ea vol: Stoke. 2012. pap. $6.95; PLB $22.60.

CASSIDY , Anne. Killing Rachel. Bk. 2. 313p. (The Murder Notebooks Series). Walker. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8027-3416-7.

CASTLE , M. E. Cloneward Bound. Bk. 2. 262p. (The Clone Chronicles Series). Egmont USA. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-60684-233-1; ebook $15.99. ISBN 978-1-60684-405-2.

COLEY , Liz. Pretty Girl-13. 344p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-212737-2; ebook $11.99. ISBN 978-0-06-212738-9.

COLLOMORE , Anna. The Ruining. 316p. Penguin/Razorbill. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-59514-470-6.

CRUTCHER , Chris. Period.8. 304p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Apr. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-191480-5; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-06-219024-6; PLB $18.89. ISBN 978-0-06-191481-2.

DAMICO , Gina. Scorch. 332p. Houghton/Graphia. 2012. pap. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-547-62457-0; ebook $8.99. ISBN 978-0-547-92782-4. LC 2012014799.

EULBERG , Elizabeth. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality. 272p. Scholastic/Point. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-47699-7; ebook $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-52078-2.

FRY , Michael. Bully Bait. illus. by author. 224p. (The Odd Squad Series). Hyperion/Disney. 2013. RTE $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-6924-6. LC 2012014286.

FUKUDA , Andrew. The Hunt. 296p. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-250-00514-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-250-00856-5.

FUKUDA , Andrew. The Prey. 324p. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-250-00511-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-250-02075-8.

FUNKE , Cornelia & Lionel Wigram. Fearless. Bk. 2. tr. from German by Oliver Latsch. 432p. map. (Mirrorworld Series). Little, Brown. Apr. 2013. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-0-316-05610-6; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-316-21512-1.

GAIMAN , Neil, Michael Reaves, & Mallory Reaves. The Silver Dream. 240p. (InterWorld Series). HarperCollins/Harper. May 2013. pap. $18.99. ISBN 978-0-06-206796-8.

GIBBS , Stuart. Spy Camp. 336p. S & S. Apr. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5753-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5755-3.

HAGER , Mandy. The Crossing. Bk. 1. 275p. (Blood of the Lamb Trilogy). PYR. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-61614-698-6.

HEALEY , Karen. When We Wake. 298p. Little, Brown. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-316-20076-9; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-316-21500-8. LC 2012028739.

HILL , C. J. Erasing Time. 368p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-212392-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-212394-7. LC 2011044624.

HITCHCOCK , Shannon. The Ballad of Jessie Pearl. 131p. Namelos. 2013. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-60898-141-0; pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-60898-142-7; ebook $8.95. ISBN 978-1-60898-143-4.

HOLUB , Joan & Suzanne Williams. Poseidon and the Sea of Fury. Bk. 2. illus. by Craig Phillips. 128p. (Heroes in Training Series). S & S/Aladdin. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5798-0; pap. $5.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5265-7; ebook $5.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5266-4. LC 2012947276.

HUCKLESBY , Jill. Samphire Song. 304p. Albert Whitman. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-7224-5. LC 201203182.

HUGHES , Shirley. Hero on a Bicycle. 224p. Candlewick. Apr. 2013. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6037-6; ebook $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6359-9.

JOHNSON , Alaya Dawn. The Summer Prince. 304p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-41779-2; ebook $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-52077-5.

KRISHNASWAMI , Uma. The Girl of the Wish Garden: A Thumbelina Story. illus. by Nasrin Khosravi. 32p. Groundwood/House of Anansi. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-324-7.

LANAGAN , Margo. Yellowcake: Stories. 224p. Knopf. May 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86920-4; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96920-1; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98931-5. LC 2012013139.

LAWLOR , Joe. 248p. Eerdmans. Apr. 2013. pap. $8. ISBN 978-0-8028-5413-1. LC 2012038990.

LIPINSKI , Maureen. Cleopatra Ascending. Bk. 2. 223p. (Shadow’s Edge Series). Flux. 2013. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7387-3193-3. LC 2012033960.

LITTLE, Kimberley Griffiths. When the Butterflies Came. 326p. Scholastic. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-42513-1; ebook $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-52952-5. LC 2012014722.

LIU , Carol with Marybeth Sidoti Caldarone. Arlene, the Rebel Queen. 236p. Emerald. 2013. pap. $8.95. ISBN 978-1-937110-50-5.

MCDONALD , Abby. Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood. 336p. Candlewick. Apr. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5508-2.

MACDONALD , Maryann. Odette’s Secrets. 224p. Bloomsbury. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59990-750-5.

MARTINEZ , Jessica. The Space Between Us. 400p. S & S/Simon Pulse. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-2055-7.

MEYER , Carolyn. Victoria Rebels. 272p. S & S/Paula Wiseman Bks. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-8729-1. LC 2012023255.

NIELSEN , Jennifer A. The Runaway King. Bk. 2. 331p. (Ascendance Trilogy). Scholastic. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-545-28415-8. LC 2012035290.

NYLUND , Eric. Titan Base. Bk. 3. 276p. (The Resisters Series). Random. 2013. pap. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-307-97854-7; PLB $12.99. ISBN 978-0-375-97127-3; ebook $6.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98120-3. LC 2012008449.

OSTERLUND , Anne. Salvation. 276p. Penguin/Speak. 2013. pap. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-14-241770-6; ebook $8.99. ISBN 978-1-10-159543-5.

OSTLER , Heather. The Shapeshifter’s Secret. 328p. Sweetwater. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4621-1033-9.

PHELAN , James. Chasers. Bk. 1. 246p. (Alone Series). Kensington/KTeen. 2012. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-0-7582-8066-4.

QUIRK , Katie. A Girl Called Problem. 245p. photos. glossary. Eerdmans. Apr. 2013. pap. $8. ISBN 978-0-8028-5404-9. LC 2012025468.

RANDALL , Alice & Caroline Randall Williams. The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess. illus. by Shadra Strickland. 184p. Turner. 2012. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-61858-015-3. LC 2012014192.

REID , Kimberly. Sweet 16 to Life. Bk. 3. 256p. (Langdon Prep Series). Kensington/KTeen. 2013. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-0-7582-6742-9.

ROSKOS , Evan. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets. 320p. Houghton Harcourt. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-92853-1; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-544-03565-2.

SAUNDERS , Kate. The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop. 294p. Delacorte. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-385-74301-3; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-99090-8; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-307-98034-2.

SCHRAFF , Anne. Unbroken. ISBN 978-1-61651-960-5.
––––. Vengeance. ISBN 978-1-61651-961-2.
ea vol: 204p. (Urban Underground Series). Saddleback. 2012. pap. $9.95.

SHAN , Darren. Zom-B: Underground. Bk. 2. illus. by Warren Pleece. 160p. (ZOM-B Series). Little, Brown. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-316-21412-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-316-21411-7.

SMITH , Kirsten. Trinkets. 276p. Little, Brown. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-316-16027-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-316-21548-0. LC 2012005477.

SMITH , Sherri L. Orleans. 324p. Putnam. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25294-5.

SNADOWSKY , Daria. Anatomy of a Single Girl. 240p. Delacorte. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-385-73798-2; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-375-89737-5. LC 2012012186.

SPALDING , Amy. The Reece Malcolm List. 308p. Entangled Teen. 2013. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-62061-240-8.

SUMA , Nova Ren. 17 & Gone. 352p. Dutton. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-525-42340-9.

THOMPSON , Paul B. The Fortune-Teller. Bk. 2. 160p. (Brightstone Saga Series). Enslow. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7660-3983-4; ebook $9.95. ISBN 978-1-4645-1169-1. LC 2012005214.

TOWNSEND , Angela J. Amarok. 224p. Spencer Hill. 2012. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-937053-22-2; ebook $6.99. ISBN 978-1-937053-23-9.

UNDERDAHL, S. T. No Man’s Land. 270p. Flux. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7387-3305-0.

URBAN , Linda. The Center of Everything. 198p. Houghton Harcourt. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-547-76348-4.

VAN TOL , Alex. Shallow Grave. 136p. ISBN 978-1-4598-0202-5; ISBN 978-1-4598-0203-2.
Ross, Jeff . Coming Clean. 128p. ISBN 978-1-4598-0331-2; ISBN 978-1-4598-0332-9.
Rodman, Sean. Dead Run. 128p. ISBN 978-1-4598-0244-5; ISBN 978-1-4598-0245-2.
ea vol: (Orca Soundings Series). Orca. 2012. pap. $9.95; PLB $16.95.

WELLS , Robison. Feedback. 310p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-202610-1; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-219012-3. LC 2012004296.

WOODING , Chris. Pale. 67p. Stoke. 2012. pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-1-78112-091-0; PLB $22.60. ISBN 978-1-78112-092-7.

WOOLSTON , Blythe. Black Helicopters. 176p. Candlewick. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6146-5.

YANCEY , Rick. The 5th Wave. 458p. Putnam. May 2013. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-399-16241-1.

YOLEN , Jane & Adam Stemple. B.U.G.: (Big Ugly Guy). 344p. Dutton. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-525-42238-9.


AGINS , Donna Brown. Maya Angelou: A Biography of an Award-Winning Poet and Civil Rights Activist. ISBN 978-0-7660-3992-6; ISBN 978-1-4645-1147-9.
JORDAN , Denise M. Walter Dean Myers: A Biography of an Award-Winning Urban Fiction Author. ISBN 978-0-7660-3990-2; ISBN 978-1-4645-1143-1.
KRAMER , Barbara. Toni Morrison: A Biography of a Nobel Prize-Winning Writer. ISBN 978-0-7660-3989-6; ISBN 978-1-4645-1146-2.
ea vol: 104p. chron. further reading. index. notes. websites. (African-American Icons Series). Enslow. 2013. PLB $26.60; ebook $9.95.

ALOIAN , Molly. The Atacama Desert. ISBN 978-0-7787-0709-7; ISBN 978-0-7787-0717-2.
––––. The Kalahari Desert. ISBN 978-0-7787-0712-7; ISBN 978-0-7787-0720-2.
––––. The Mojave Desert. ISBN 978-0-7787-0713-4; ISBN 978-0-7787-0721-9.
––––. The Sahara Desert. ISBN 978-0-7787-0714-1; ISBN 978-0-7787-0722-6.
ea vol: 32p. charts. chron. further reading. glossary. illus. index. maps. photos. websites. (Deserts Around the World Series). Crabtree. 2012. PLB $27.60; pap. $9.95.

BAUER , Helen. Verdi for Kids: His Life and Music with 21 Activities. illus. by Jim Spence. 144p. bibliog. discography. glossary. index. maps. notes. reprods. Chicago Review Pr. Apr. 2013. pap. $16.95. ISBN 978-1-61374-500-7.

BEDFORD , Allan. The Unofficial Lego Builder’s Guide. 2nd ed. illus. by Eric Albrecht. 240p. diags. index. photos. No Starch Press. 2012. pap. $24.95. ISBN 978-1-59327-441-2. LC 2005013747.

BLASHFIELD , Jean F. England. ISBN 978-0-531-27542-9. LC 2012000503.
HEINRICHS , Ann. Greece. ISBN 978-0-531-27543-6. LC 2012000519.
YOMTOV , Nel. Russia. bibliog. ISBN 978-0-531-27545-0. LC 2012000520.
ea vol: rev. ed. 144p. charts. chron. further reading. illus. index. maps. photos. reprods. websites. (Enchantment of the World Series). Children’s Press. 2012. PLB $40.

BUSH , Gail & Randy Meyer. Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice. 96p. index. notes. Norwood. 2013. pap. $14.60. ISBN 978-1-60357-417-4. LC 2012021600.

DOEDEN , Matt. A Marked Man: The Assissination of Malcolm X. 88p. bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. 21st Century. 2013. RTE $33.27. ISBN 978-0-7613-5484-0; ebook $24.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1054-1. LC 2012018074.

FORBES , Robert L. Beast Friends Forever!: Animal Lovers in Rhyme. illus. by Ronald Searle. 80p. Overlook Duckworth. 2013. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-59020-808-3.

GALAT , Joan Marie. The Discovery of Longitude. illus. by Wes Lowe. 32p. chron. diags. Pelican. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4556-1637-4; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4556-1638-1.

GOODMAN , Susan E. How Do You Burp in Space?: And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know. illus. by Michael Slack. 80p. bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Bloomsbury. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59990-068-1; ebook $17.89. ISBN 978-1-59990-934-9. LC 2011035303.

HAGUE , Bradley. Alien Deep: Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean. 32p. further reading. glossary. illus. index. maps. photos. National Geographic. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-4263-1067-6; PLB $26.90. ISBN 978-1-4263-1068-3. LC 2012012939.

HEOS , Bridget. Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope. 80p. (Scientists in the Field Series). glossary. index. photos. websites. Houghton Harcourt. 2013. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-547-68126-9. LC 2012010992.

HOLCOMB , Steven with Steve Eubanks. But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold. 166p. BenBella. 2012. Tr $22.95. ISBN 978-1-937856-00-7.

KIDDER , Tracy. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World. adapted by Michael French. 288p. Delacorte. Apr. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-385-74318-1; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-99099-1; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-307-98088-5.

LAIDLAW , Rob. Saving Lives and Changing Hearts: Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centres. 64p. glossary. illus. index. photos. websites. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. 2013. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-55455-212-2.

LEAVITT , Loralee. Candy Experiments. 146p. index. photos. Andrews McMeel. 2013. pap. $14.99. ISBN 978-1-4494-1836-6. LC 2011944678.

LEWIS , J. Patrick. When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders. illus. by Jim Burke, et al. 44p. Chronicle. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-0119-4. LC 2011045938.

MCCARTHY , Pat. Friends of the Earth: A History of American Environmentalism. 124p. chron. diags. further reading. illus. index. photos. reprods. websites. Chicago Review Pr. Apr. 2013. pap. $16.95. ISBN 978-1-56976-718-4.

MEDINA , Tony. The President Looks Like Me & Other Poems. 86p. glossary. photos. Just Us. 2013. pap. $12.95. ISBN 978-1-933491-94-3.

SINGER , Marilyn. Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems. illus. by Josée Masse. 32p. Dial. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3769-3. LC 2012014359.

WOELFLE , Gretchen. The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills. 2nd ed. 146p. bibliog. charts. diags. further reading. glossary. illus. index. maps. photos. websites. Chicago Review Pr. 2013. pap. $16.95. ISBN 978-1-61374-100-9.

YOLEN , Jane & Heidi E. Y. Stemple. Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves & Other Female Villains. illus. by Rebecca Guay. 172p. bibliog. index. Charlesbridge. 2013. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-185-1; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-585-5. LC 2012000783.