April 29, 2016

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Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk | SLJ Review

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Wolk, Lauren. Wolf Hollow. 304p. Dutton. Apr. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781101994825. 

Gr 5-8 –Eleven-year-old Annabelle lives in a rural Pennsylvania community in 1943. The continued fighting of World War II haunts everyone, but life is mostly peaceful—until Betty Glengarry’s arrival. Betty is cruel and threatening and thrives on inflicting pain. At first, Annabelle is slightly comforted to know that Toby is watching out for her. Toby is a local vagabond, a World War I veteran […]

More Thrifty School Library Design Tips

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A lot of imagination, a little elbow grease, and the right tools can yield dramatic results like these.

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson | SLJ Audio Review

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson

Nelson, Marilyn. American Ace. 2 CDs. 1:22 hrs. Listening Library. 2016. $20. ISBN 9780147525772. digital download.  

Gr 4-6 –When Connor’s grandmother dies, she leaves his father a ring, a pair of pilot’s wings, and a letter explaining that the man who raised Connor’s father was not his biological father. With his father paralyzed by depression, Connor takes the two mementoes and the few details available to him and traces his new lineage to the U.S. Air Force, […]

An (Independent) Bookstore for Kids Grows in Brooklyn

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With a launch party on April 30, Independent Bookstore Day, one couple is confident that a writing program for children—and a community center vibe—can make their shop the little bookstore that could.

Young Adult Debut Authors

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Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join Simon & Schuster and School Library Journal for a rich conversation with three debut young adult authors, Calla Devlin (Tell Me Something Real), Meg Leder (The Museum of Heartbreak), and Laurent Linn (Draw the Line).
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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds Content for Tweens

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Thousands of videos, educational apps, games, and books for kids age 9–12 are now available, including a selection featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Monument Valley, iCarly, and Star Trek.

Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth’s Most Dominant Species by Jeff Campbell | SLJ Review

Last of the Giants by Jeff Campbell

Campbell, Jeff. Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth’s Most Dominant Species. 288p. bibliog. websites. Zest. 2016. pap. $13.99. ISBN 9781942186045. 

Gr 9 Up –The extinctions of giant (both in size and number) species at the mercy of nature and humanity turn out to be a fascinating and jarring lesson for our present. Chronicling the fates of aurochs, moa, passenger pigeons, and sea cows, alongside the unresolved destinies of today’s lions and tigers, […]

Teens Review Meredith Russo’s “If I Was Your Girl” and More

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From the latest summer romances to the much-anticipated If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, SLJ’s resident teen reviewers tackle teen angst, first love, and gender issues in their latest reviews.

Jon Agee and Mara Rockcliff Win Prestigious Bank Street Awards

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Bank Street College of Education recently announced the winners of its Irma Simonton Black Award and Cook Prize. Jon Agee’s It’s Only Stanley was given the 2016 Irma Black Award, and Mara Rockliff’s Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France received the 2016 Cook Prize.

Diversity, BookTubers, and YA Lit Frenzy at the North Texas Teen Book Festival

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On Saturday, April 23, readers of all ages flocked to Irving to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival, which boasted 63 panels and authors such as Sarah Dessen, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and James Dashner.

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins | SLJ Review

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Perkins, Stephanie, ed. Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories. 400p. ebook available. St. Martin’s/Griffin. May 2016. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250079121. 

Gr 10 Up –In this latest anthology and follow-up to 2014’s My True Love Gave to Me, Perkins returns with an enthralling collection of steamy summer love stories penned by an all-star cast, which includes Lev Grossman, Veronica Roth, and Libba Bray. The stories are by turns bittersweet, unexpected, and unapologetically hopeful, and themes […]

Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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A selection of recently reviewed middle grade titles.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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Newly reviewed graphic novels—including a star for the second Squirrel Girl installment.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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A selection of newly reviewed nonfiction.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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New picture books reviewed.

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YA Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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Brand new YA titles reviewed, including a star review for Jaclyn Moriarty’s latest addition to the “Color of Madeleine” series.

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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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Two chapter books, recently reviewed.

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After Cancelling 2016 National Institute, ALSC Regroups To Serve Members

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ALSC president Andrew Medlar details reasons for cancelling the 2016 Institute in North Carolina, the costs incurred, and how ALSC will make sure the educational experience isn’t lost.

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison | SLJ Review

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison

Levy, Dana Alison. The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island. 272p. ebook available. Delacorte. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780553521306; lib. ed. $18.99. ISBN 9780553521313. 

Gr 4-6 –The Fletcher family—four adopted boys, two dads, two cats, and one dog—are off to their annual summer visit to Rock Island. This year the Fletchers’ beloved lighthouse is closed and has been threatened with demolition. While seeking answers to the lighthouse problem, Sam joins a theater company, Eli faces his […]

Pictures of the Week | A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for a State-of-the-Art School and Library

Beacon High School Library, NYC. Photo courtesy of John Ciardullo, P.C.

A new stunning, cutting-edge facility and library opens for a public high school in New York City.