Dav Pilkey’s latest, a graphic novel about a crime fighter who’s part dog, part cop, is all fun. Pilkey weighs in on his process, his appeal among reluctant readers, and more.
Telgemeier, Raina. Ghosts. illus. by Raina Telgemeier. 256p. Scholastic. Sept. 2016. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9780545540612; pap. $10.99. ISBN 9780545540629; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780545540674. POP
Gr 4-8 –Catrina and her family have just moved to Northern California. Bahía de la Luna is different from Cat’s hometown—for one thing, everyone is obsessed with ghosts—but the sea air makes it easier for Cat’s younger sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis (CF), to breathe. Carlos, a new friend and neighbor, […]
Altebrando, Tara. The Leaving. 432p. Bloomsbury. Jun. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781619638037.
Gr 8 Up –One day, six kindergarteners disappear without a trace. Eleven years later, five of the kids, now teenagers, return, but the mysteries have only multiplied. Though Lucas, Scarlett, Kristen, Adam, and Sarah operate on a developmentally appropriate level (speaking, reading, and writing like typical adolescents), they have no memory of anything from the last 11 years—and no explanation of why Max, who also left, isn’t […]
Portis, Antoinette. Best Frints in the Whole Universe. illus. by Antoinette Portis. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626721364.
K-Gr 2 –Employing eye-catching imagery and space lingo that will have children and their adults giggling, Portis emphasizes that friendship can be tricky yet rewarding. Yelfred and Omek, residents of the planet Boborp, have been pals (or “frints”) since they were young. Though these two buddies love to engage in a variety of […]
At “Who Are You To Say?”, an event held in New York City on April 16, authors and kid lit experts weighed in on where to draw the line between being aware and censoring.
Set in Queens during the summer of 1977, when the Son of Sam terrorized the city of New York, Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn is filled with pop culture references, from Donna Summer to Parliament. Steer teen fans of the book to songs and films from the period.
Rennison, best known for the wildly popular “Confessions of Georgia Nicholson” series, was as beloved in the U.S. as in her native England.
From sex and gender to reproductive rights, these recent offerings make complex topics accessible and ensure that teenagers will be informed about issues that affect them.
Our annual tribute to those we lost this past year, notables who not only contributed to the community but helped to define it with their literary, scholarly, and artistic accomplishments.
Peter Dickinson, a unique brand of novelist who captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, passed away on his 88th birthday.
Sarah Miller relates the challenges of researching and writing The Borden Murders and discusses the moments and discoveries that surprised her.
In honor of the 200th anniversary of Emma’s publication, check out these recent Austen-inspired titles for teens.
Lillie Bellin Pope, who served as vice-president of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and helped countless students, parents, and teachers through her tireless work, died October 26 after a long illness.