THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKENS
A J. J. Tully Mystery
By Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell
119 pp. Balzer & Bray. (Middle grade; ages 8 to 12)
Spot-on humor and a clever story ensure this latest from Cronin will be a favorite among middle-grade readers. The plot thickens as the hero, J. J. Tully, a former search-and-rescue dog with the world-weary voice of a retired P.I., confronts a family of chickens and an “inside” dog, Vince. Trouble indeed, sweetheart — but worth it.
By Julie ChibbaroIllustrated. 293 pp. Atheneum. (Young adult; ages 12 and up)
Paced like a medical thriller, “Deadly” is the rare Y.A. novel in which a girl’s intellectual interests trump adolescent romance. A 16-year-old Jewish tenement dweller in 1906 New York pines away days at a finishing school on scholarship and nights helping midwife young mothers. When she quits school to assist the Department of Health and Sanitation in its pursuit of “Typhoid Mary,” she is awakened to nascent opportunities for women in science.
The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
By Candace Fleming
Illustrated. 118 pp. Schwartz & Wade Books. (Middle grade; ages 8 to 12)