November 22, 2017

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Archives for October 2017

YA: Stellar New Titles from John Green, Philip Pullman, Libba Bray, & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

New fantasy titles from Bray and Pullman; John Green’s Turtles is a hit; and an exciting LGBTQ anthology are among November’s YA Xpress.

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Nonfiction: Quirky Cuisine, Poetry, Earth Science & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

Two contemporary poetry titles, additions to the “Ranger Rick” series and much more in this month’s nonfiction Xpress.

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Chapter Books: an Inquisitive Animal and a Sweet Sleuth | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A meerkat explores his world and Dotty Detective is on the case in November’s middle grade Xpress.

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Review: ‘Super Sons Vol.1: When I Grow Up…’

Super Sons Vol. 1: When I Grow Up… Writer: Peter Tomasi Artists: Jorge Jimenez and Alisson Borges DC Comics; $12.99 Rated T for Teen Damian Wayne, the long-lost son of Batman and the Dark Knight’s sometimes opponent Talia al Ghul, was introduced in 2006. Jonathan Kent, son of Superman and Lois Lane, was introduced in […]

New Anti-Opioid Initiative Focuses on Prevention in Schools

A free online course for teens emphasizes education, prevention, and response.

Baltimore Library Project Renovates 14th School Library

Fourteen libraries in the Baltimore City Public Schools have been renovated and now boast expanded collections and updated technology, thanks to a partnership with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

El misterioso aire azul by Pamela Puldio | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Erick and his Abuelo and Abuela love Halloween and Día de los Muertos, which they celebrate together as “Hellomuertos.”

Preview: ‘World of Archie Christmas Annual’ #73

We’re pushing back on the Halloween madness with a Christmas preview! Here’s an early look at World of Archie Christmas Annual #73, which will be out in comic shops tomorrow, November 1. If you have a hankering for the old-school Archie style, you should know that each digest includes a new story in the traditional […]

Book Review: Piper by Jay Asher, Jessica Freeburg, and Jeff Stokely

Publisher’s description Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale […]

Book Review: The Ocean in My Ears by Meagan Macvie

Publisher’s description Meri Miller lives in Soldotna, Alaska. Never heard of it? That’s because in Slowdotna the most riveting activities for a teenager are salmon fishing and grabbing a Big Gulp at the local 7-Eleven. More than anything, Meri wants to hop in her VW Bug and head somewhere exciting, like New York or L.A. or any […]

Bookmark Wishes You a Happy Halloween!

I’ve been Pete the Cat:

I’ve been the cheese from Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
I’ve been my favorite book:

But this year I was having trouble coming up with a costume idea. So I asked my students, and they came through:

Bookmark wishes yo…

Halloween Costumes with First Book: Go Big or Go Home

The idea for today’s post completely annihilated my original plan. In an early draft I was just going to gather together a variety of Halloween-appropriate links from over the past few years.  For example, there’s this kooky post from a blog called The Haunted Closet (which is still running and fantastic) back in 2010 that […]

On the Day of the Dead when the Year too Dies (PW List)

I mean, not that Susan Cooper is really relevant here, but it’s almost Halloween and the first best of list for 2017 has dropped, and that says the year is ready to come to a close… Ok, so that first list, as always, is PW. Here’s the link to the complete list; jump below the […]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Latest Win Is for Teens

The living legend pens a contemplative look at basketball, family, and systemic racism.

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Star Wars YA Roundup by Michelle Biwer

In 2014 after the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm, Disney relegated the Star Wars Extended Universe to non-canon status, leaving a new generation of writers a fresh canvas with which to fill in some of the backstories and gaps in Star Wars mythology. Of course any public librarian knows these new books are coming out fast […]

7 Snowy Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Seven delightful picture books about winter wonderlands.

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Good Night, Planet by Liniers | SLJ Review

PrS-Gr 2 –After a day of playing in the leaves with her deerlike stuffed toy Planet, a little girl gets ready for bed. When the child falls asleep, Planet comes to life, gives her a kiss, and wanders downstairs.

Collecting Comics, November 2017 Edition (by TLTer Ally Watkins)

Welcome to the November 2017 edition of Collecting Comics! Here are some suggestions of comics coming out in November that your teens and tweens will enjoy! Friends and Foes (Red’s Planet Book 2) by Eddie Pittman (Amulet Books, November 7) In the second book of the Red’s Planet middle grade graphic novel series, Red has […]

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again Written and illustrated by Dan Santat Published by Roaring Brook Press; 2017 ISBN # 978-1-62672-682-6   Grades PreK and up   Book Review   “Life begins when you get back up” – so says the blurb on the back cover of Caldecott Medal winner Dan […]

29 Terrific Titles | October Stars 2017

Graphic novels broach tough topics like consent and police violence; Leigh Bardugo’s Thorns excels at dark fantasy; a nonfiction title explores Harriet Tubman’s early years.

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