September 20, 2017

Subscribe to SLJ

Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker | SLJ Audio Review

BUNKER, Lisa. Felix Yz. 5 CDs. 6:03 hrs. Listening Library. Jun. 2017. $35. ISBN 9781524775258. digital download.

Gr 5-8 –Felix Yz would be an absolutely normal 13-year-old, if an accident in his father’s lab had not fused him with Zyx, a superintelligent being from the fourth dimension, when he was three years old. This alien causes him to appear disabled; Felix is painfully bent, and he twitches when Zyx gets excited, and sometimes cannot speak, making him an easy target for bullies. But […]

The Wonderling by Mira Bartók | SLJ Review

BARTÓK, Mira. The Wonderling. 464p. Candlewick. Sept. 2017. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9780763691219.

Gr 3-6 –Thirteen, a fox groundling (creatures that are half animal, half human), has spent most of his life in “the Home,” a horrid orphanage/workhouse run by the evil Mrs. Carbunkle. When he saves a bird groundling named Trinket, the two hatch an escape plan, and Trinket renames him Arthur, in honor of the brave medieval king. Once Arthur and Trinket are free from Mrs. Carbunkle, they set off on an adventure […]

Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar | SLJ Review

KELKAR, Supriya. Ahimsa. 304p. Tu Bks. Oct. 2017. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781620143568.

Gr 4-6 –Ten-year-old Anjali’s comfortable life changes dramatically when her parents decide to honor Mahatma Gandhi’s request that every Indian family give one member to the fight for freedom from British rule. Anjali’s mother takes the active role, first learning to spin cotton on the charkha in order to make khadi, or homespun clothes, and teaching others to do the same. Her aspirations expand to helping the Dalit community, referred to […]

Ten Titles Make the 2017 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The 2017 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes two previous National Book Award finalists. Nine of the ten authors are women, and two are debut novelists.

Imagining Peace

Three new books serving a range of grades will jump start #PeaceDay discussions on September 21.

If You Give a Kid a Story | Wordplay and Writing Prompts

Get your students’ creative juices flowing with these picture book prompts.

SLJ’s September 2017 Popular Picks

Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper sequel will thrill old and new fans; Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is illustrated for a young audience; and a city mouse finds food and adventure in this month’s Popular Picks!

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Release by Patrick Ness | SLJ Review

NESS, Patrick. Release. 288p. ­HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062403193.

Gr 9 Up –Adam, a rising senior with complex social and familial relationships, experiences the worst day of his life to date. The former boyfriend for whom he still has romantic feelings, and his BFF—witty and wise Korean adoptee Angela who might be into both guys and girls—are both going away; his older brother, a seminary student, has gotten a new girlfriend pregnant and turns to Adam to help smooth the way […]

Where’s Halmoni? by Julie Kim | SLJ Review

KIM, Julie. Where’s Halmoni? illus. by Julie Kim. 96p. Little Bigfoot. Oct. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781632170774.

K-Gr 2 –In this fun adventure story inspired by Korean folktales, young Noona and her little brother Joon step into a fantastical land to find their missing Halmoni (“grandmother”). Their journey partitions into three sections, each highlighting lovable or distrusted figures from traditional stories who help or hinder the kids as they search. Where’s Halmoni? has all the thrills, laughs, and morals that you could want from a […]

New Fall Nonfiction for Every Reader

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
Students are heading back to school – is your nonfiction collection ready? From early readers to young adults, this webcast highlights exciting new titles that are sure to please. Join moderator Steven Engelfried along with Amicus, Mason Press and Scholastic as they discuss the newest must-reads!
Register Now!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson | SLJ Review

Web excerpt

The Playbook by Kwame Alexander | SLJ Audio Review

ALEXANDER, Kwame. The Playbook: 52 Rules To Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life. 1 CD. 1 hr. Recorded Bks. Feb. 2017. $15.75. ISBN 9781501949180. digital download.

Gr 5-8 –Alexander delivers 52 inspiring rules and motivational life lessons using notable sports figures, terminology, and stories. Sections include “Warm-Up: The Rules,” in which Alexander reminisces about his childhood involvement in sports and the lessons he learned. Four “Quarters,” with a “Half Time” and an “Overtime,” comprise the rest of the book. Each section […]

49 Fantastic New Titles | September 2017

Native American Women share their stories in #NotYourPrincess; Anne of Green Gables gets a graphic novel makeover; a children’s bilingual picture book celebrates a Mexican holiday; and two middle grade audiobooks.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Graphic Novels: The Wonderful World of Germs | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

A vibrant graphic novel explores the wonders of the human immune system in this month’s Xpress review.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Middle Grade: New Titles from Jason Reynolds, Alan Gratz, Robert Beatty, & More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

Strong female protagonists survive and thrive in Beatty and Reynolds’ sequels; fiction and math mix in a bilingual “One Minute Mysteries” installment.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Chapter Books: How To Survive the U.S. Revolution and Addled Adults | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

In this month’s reviews, Lauren Tarshis continues the “I Survived” series with the American Revolution, and a Spanish-language caper reminiscent of Roald Dahl provides action and amusement.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Nonfiction from Clinton, Tonatiuh, & More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

New books from Clinton, Tonatiuh, and others.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Picture Books: An African Orchestra, Young Magicians, and More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

A lyrical picture book explores Africa’s natural music; little Raybot gets a sibling; and three picture books deal uniquely with the marvels of magic in this month’s reviews.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

YA with Native Characters, Feminist Fantasy, and More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s roundup of web-exclusive reviews include new works from Tim Tingle, Melanie Florence, and Sarah Rees Brennan.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani | SLJ Review

CHANANI, Nidhi. Pashmina. illus. by Nidhi Chanani. 176p. First Second. Oct. 2017. Tr 16.99. ISBN 9781626720879.

Gr 4-8 –Priyanka is a teenage girl who loves to draw. Her mother emigrated from India years ago, leaving Pri’s father behind. Pri is eager to learn about her father and her Indian heritage, but her mother refuses to discuss the subject. Then Pri finds an old pashmina in her mother’s suitcase, and when she puts it on, she is magically transported to the India of her dreams. […]