September 21, 2017

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No Kimchi for Me! by Aram Kim | SLJ Review

KIM, Aram. No Kimchi for Me! illus. by Aram Kim. 40p. Holiday House. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823437627.

PreS-Gr 2 –Their grandmother announces lunch featuring delicious Korean dishes while Yoomi and her brothers play. Yoomi enjoys grandma’s dried seaweed, soft egg omelets, and even the seasoned bean sprouts, but she does not like “stinky spicy kimchi!” Her older brothers, Jun and Yoon, won’t let her play with them because she’s too little; “big kids eat kimchi.” Despite trying various ways to mask […]

Build a Great Makerspace

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
A successful makerspace requires planning. Here, experts offer tips on how to ensure a great program, from gauging the needs of your community to making the most of your space and budget. Whether you’re already up and running or just getting started, you won’t want to miss this informative session.
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Too Shattered for Mending by Peter Brown Hoffmeister | SLJ Review

HOFFMEISTER, Peter Brown. Too Shattered for Mending. 384p. Knopf. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553538052.

Gr 10 Up –Gavin “Little” McCardell is fighting to keep his world from unraveling. Little’s older brother JT is serving time in prison, and Rowan, JT’s girlfriend, is cozying up to Little. Little’s aunt and uncle oscillate between being neglectful and abusive toward his 10-year-old cousin Willa, prompting Little to try to at least keep both of them fed. Finally, when Little’s grandfather, “Big” McCardell, disappears without a […]

Danza! by Duncan Tonatiuh | SLJ Review

TONATIUH, Duncan. Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México. illus. by Duncan Tonatiuh. 32p. bibliog. glossary. index. Abrams. Aug. 2017. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781419725326.

Gr 3 Up –Amalia “Ami” Hernández (1917–2000) didn’t expect to break with tradition. It was assumed that perhaps she would become a schoolteacher like her mother. But when she saw dancers in a town square while on vacation with her family, she knew what she wanted to be. Her parents nurtured her love of dance, and she […]

Hurricane Relief for Libraries; Be a Rebel and Tweet; Grants for Autism Inclusion | News Bites

Ways to help hard-hit libraries recover after Hurricane Harvey and to win literary swag and stand up for reading—and more.

When I Was a Turkey by Joe Hutto | SLJ Review

HUTTO, Joe with Brenda Z. Guiberson. When I Was a Turkey: Based on the PBS Documentary My Life as a Turkey. illus. by Joe Hutto. 192p. bibliog. glossary. photos. Holt. Nov. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781627793858.

Gr 5-8 –Based on an Emmy Award–winning documentary of the same name, this describes the two years the naturalist and author spent as a wild turkey mother. Having been given two clutches of wild turkey eggs rescued from Florida’s flatwoods, Hutto incubated the eggs and made sure […]

How Educators Can Respond to Mental Health Concerns Raised by “13 Reasons Why” | In the Classroom

For ELA teacher Valerie Sawicki Bellomo, the controversy over the Netflix adaptation of 13 Reasons Why presented a challenge and an opportunity to support students’ mental health.

The Speaker by Traci Chee | SLJ Review

CHEE, Traci. The Speaker. 512p. (Sea of Ink and Gold: Bk. 2). Putnam. Nov. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780399176784.

Gr 7 Up –This installment picks up where The Reader ended, with Sefia and Archer on the run from The Guard. Unsure about how to proceed, Sefia searches the Book and uncovers several jaw-dropping discoveries: Tanin is still alive and Archer is still believed to be the one to lead the impending Red War. In an effort to quell Archer’s nightmares and to stop the conflict, […]

Despite Gains in Connectivity, 6.5 Million Students Lack High-Speed Internet Access in School

While progress has been made in broadband connectivity in U.S. schools, 6.5 million students don’t have high speed classroom Internet. The digital divide is particularly persistent in rural districts, according to an EducationSuperHighway report.

A Conversation with Three Debut YA Authors

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 2PM-3PM ET / 11M-12PM PT
Be the first to hear about the exciting YA debuts from authors S.K. Ali, Janelle Milanes, and Margaret Rogerson. They will share their experiences of writing for teens and discuss the journey of having a book published for the first time.
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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez | SLJ Review

SÁNCHEZ, Erika L. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. 352p. Knopf. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524700485.

Gr 10 Up –Fifteen-year-old outcast Julia Reyes longs to attend college in New York, in order to get away from the suffocating watch of her undocumented Mexican parents in Chicago. The unusual death of Julia’s older sister Olga—considered the perfect child by her family—only bolsters this desire, as her parents focus their attention even more strongly on their now only child. When Julia stumbles across unexpected […]

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson | SLJ Review

JAMIESON, Victoria. All’s Faire in Middle School. illus. by Victoria Jamieson. 248p. Dial. Sept. 2017. Tr $20.99. ISBN 9780525429982.

Gr 4-8 –Helping her parents with their jobs at the Renaissance Faire is all 11-year-old homeschooler Imogene “Impy” Vega has ever known. While working with her family is fun, she wants to go to middle school and meet kids her own age. Unfortunately, sheltered Impy is ill-equipped for the realities of draconian teachers, frenemies, and boys. Her new challenges begin to wear her down, and […]

9 Bilingual and Latinx Books for Young Animal Lovers

This past year has seen a ­number of Latinx-themed works with animal characters. Fictional, informational, funny, ­serious, sweet, and thought-provoking, here are some of the best.

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The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley | SLJ Review

BRADLEY, Kimberly Brubaker. The War I Finally Won. 400p. Dial. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780525429203.

Gr 4-6 –Eleven-year-old Ada picks up her story shortly after The War That Saved My Life left off. She’s in the hospital, nervously awaiting the surgery that will fix her club foot, when Susan receives a letter from Lady Thornton that obviously upsets her. Turns out, Ada’s mother was killed in a bombing. Ada does not know how to feel about that, but, ever practical, she worries about where […]

Defying Definitions: Top Graphic Novels for Fall

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
From sf/fantasy and coming of age to shonen/shojo manga, superhero twists of fate, an accidental adventure, and YA memoir, the hottest titles for fall offer a mashup of genres and characters from all walks of life. Join LJ Assistant Managing Editor Annalisa Pešek and publishers as they discuss the latest must-have graphic novels.
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After the Fall by Dan Santat | SLJ Review

Humpty Dumpty, a spindly-limbed pale egg, copes with anxiety after his “Great Fall.”

Patina by Jason Reynolds | SLJ Review

REYNOLDS, Jason. Patina. 240p. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. Aug. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481450188.

Gr 5-8 –Twelve-year-old Patina Jones not only loves to run, she needs to run—and win. She’s a gifted athlete, and since the death of her father and her mother’s life-altering health problems, Patty’s track club has become the focal point of her life. Running helps her to navigate the changes she and her younger sister, Maddy, are experiencing. They have left their urban neighborhood to live in a different part […]

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The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain & Philip C. Stead | SLJ Review

TWAIN, Mark & Philip C. Stead. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine. illus. by Erin Stead. 160p. Doubleday. Sept. 2017. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9780553523225.

Gr 4-8 –Using 16 pages of abbreviated handwritten notes from 1880 and outlining a tale Twain made up for his daughters, Stead has created a rhythmic and imaginative story seamlessly blended with intermittent “discussions” between the two authors. Twain’s story is set in a land where “the luckless and hungry remain luckless and hungry for all of their lives,” while “in […]

Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins | SLJ Review

PERKINS, Useni Eugene. Hey Black Child. illus. by Bryan Collier. 40p. Little, Brown. Nov. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316360302.

PreS-Gr 3 –Collier’s characteristic watercolor-and-collage masterpieces bring joy and gravity to Perkins’s inspirational poem. With a compelling rhythm that begs for recitation, the verse (often misattributed to Countee Cullen) celebrates the power and potential of black children. The illustrations pair young black faces with visions of their successful futures as astronauts, artists, politicians, and more and feature some of the artist’s favorite motifs, including […]