May 24, 2016

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Mahnaz Dar

About Mahnaz Dar

Mahnaz Dar (mdar@mediasourceinc.com) is Assistant Managing Editor for Library Journal and School Library Journal and can be found on Twitter @DibblyFresh.

Around the World | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Today we take another of our periodic trips around the world, with a group of novels set in four countries that don’t get nearly as much attention in our fiction reading as the usual suspects in Western Europe and Eastern Asia. With two novels set in the Baltics, one in India, and one in Lebanon, these stories should offer a welcome variety to teens interested in other countries and cultures.

Rufi Thorpe’s Dear Fang, with Love begins in America but quickly brings […]

Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis | SLJ Review

Best Frints in the Whole Universe

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 […]

Experts Focus on Censorship at Bank Street Conference

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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.

Disco Inferno | Watch- and Listen-Alikes for Meg Medina’s “Burn Baby Burn”

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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.

YA Author Louise Rennison Dies

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Rennison, best known for the wildly popular “Confessions of Georgia Nicholson” series, was as beloved in the U.S. as in her native England.

A Dog’s Life | SLJ Spotlight

HOROWITZ, Alexandra. Inside of a Dog- Young Readers Edition

From books exploring different breeds to training guides, dog-related titles are well represented in the 590s, but readers will definitely want to check out these two additions, which examine our canine companions in new and intriguing lights.

1493 for Young People: From Columbus’s Voyage to Globalization by Charles C. Mann | SLJ Review

1493 for Young People by Charles C. Mann

Mann, Charles C. 1493 for Young People: From Columbus’s Voyage to Globalization. adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. 416p. chron. glossary. index. maps. photos. reprods. Seven Stories. Jan. 2016. Tr $40. ISBN 9781609806309; pap. $18.95. ISBN 9781609806637.

Gr 7-10 –Stefoff abridges and simplifies Mann’s adult title 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Knopf, 2011), objectively describing how European exploration and the resulting Columbian Exchange of plants, animals, and diseases rapidly made the world “global” in outlook and […]

The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman | SLJ Review

The First Step by Susan E Goodman

Goodman, Susan E. The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial. illus. by E.B. Lewis. 40p. bibliog. chron. further reading. Bloomsbury. Jan. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802737397.

Gr 2-4 –More than a century before Brown v. Board of Education, there was Roberts v. City of Boston; this beautifully illustrated picture book sheds light on this lesser-known case. Benjamin and Adeline Roberts enrolled their four-year-old in the closest neighborhood school. Sarah attended, until officials noticed […]

Our Bodies, Our Shelves | SLJ Spotlight

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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.

You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter | SLJ Review

You Never Heard of Casey Stengel by Jonah Winter

Winter, Jonah. You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! illus. by Barry Blitt. 40p. ebook available. glossary. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Mar. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780375870132.

Gr 2-4 –The “You Never Heard of…” picture books are back with this interesting look at a baseball personality known more for his managerial style than for his years as a player. In a relaxed, conversational tone, Winter ushers readers through the life of Casey Stengel, whose childhood dream was to […]

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer | SLJ Review

Echo by Marilyn Singer

Singer, Marilyn. Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths. illus. by Josée Masse. 32p. Dial. Feb. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780803739925. 

Gr 2-5 –A companion volume to this team’s Mirror Mirror (2010) and Follow Follow (2013, both Dial), this imaginative work is a symphony of cannily composed verse intensified by a palette of Aegean blues, sunlit golds, and delicate greens. Through reverso poems rendered in an elegant font on split blue and white pages, Singer presents […]

Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future by Allan Drummond | SLJ Review

Green City by Allan Drummond

Drummond, Allan. Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future. illus. by Allan Drummond. 40p. notes. Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. Mar. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374379995.

Gr 1-5 –On May 4, 2007, a treacherous tornado destroyed Greensburg, KS, “in nine-minutes flat.” Eleven people died; the school, “hospital, nine churches, the water tower, the drugstore with its soda fountain, the grocery store, the two hotels, the three banks, the theater, and everything […]

In Memoriam 2015

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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 Dies at 88

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Peter Dickinson, a unique brand of novelist who captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, passed away on his 88th birthday.

Hillary: Beyond the Headlines | SLJ Spotlight

Hillary Rodham Clinton A Woman Living History

Several recently reviewed books take a close look a presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton.

Beyond the Whodunit: Sarah Miller Takes a Deep Dive into the Infamous Lizzie Borden Case

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Sarah Miller relates the challenges of researching and writing The Borden Murders and discusses the moments and discoveries that surprised her.

Regency Romps to Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Emma”

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In honor of the 200th anniversary of Emma’s publication, check out these recent Austen-inspired titles for teens.

Lillie Bellin Pope, Co-Founder of Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Dies at 97

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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.

YA Authors Talk Social Media, Research Process…and Spill Secrets

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Rebecca Stead, Paul Acampora, and Valynne E. Maetani held court at “It’s Complicated: Secrets, Schemes, and Friends,” a panel held Sunday, November 9 at the New York Society Library and funded by author Richard Peck. The writers considered the role of social media, talked about their research process, and discussed the future of YA.

Editorial | Series Nonfiction

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Good nonfiction answers questions readers might have and provides them with a few new facts, but great nonfiction does that and even more: it leaves students with questions of their own, eager to seek out further information.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.