Lisa Amowitz’s Breaking Glass is an “edge-of-your-seat thriller with a supernatural twist.”
Finding new and innovative ways to implement the Common Core was one of the hottest programming themes during the recent American Association of School Librarians conference. During the event, the nations’ media specialists showed they have the will and the knowledge to lead the conversation on academic rigor.
If you’ve been struggling to find the time and resources to start up a friends group for your school library, help has arrived. United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, has created a free toolkit geared toward school librarians for just this purpose, and it is now freely available at their website.
Each year SLJTeen rotates the responsibility for reviews by teens to one of the YA Galley Groups selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In 2014, the Young Adult Advisory Councils (YAAC) from Johnson County Library, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, will be taking over teen reviews.
Love, Concord. DVD. 1:30 hrs. Prod. by Optificer Media. Dist. by FilmWorks Entertainment. 2012, 2013 release. ISBN unavail. $19.98.
Gr 7 Up–Gerry is a likable, goofy high school student who spends more time playing basketball and video games than he does studying, but he dreams of majoring in computer design one day. Money is tight in his single-parent family, and Gerry’s future seems limited to local junior colleges. No one really takes him seriously, including himself, until he meets bookish Melinda, [...]
Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids. Performed by Alastair Moock and others. CD. approx. 38 min. CDBaby.com. 2013. ISBN unavail. $14.99.
K-Gr 5–When Alastair Moock’s five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago, he began singing and writing songs with her. Hek realized how much the music brightened Clio’s mood and the result is this album, the goal of which is to bring joy to kids with cancer. Joined by several guest performers (Elizabeth Mitchell, the [...]
AVASTHI, Swati. Chasing Shadows. illus. by Craig Phillips. 320p. Knopf. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780375863424; lib. ed. $17.99. ISBN 9780375963414; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780375895272.
Gr 8 Up–Teen twins Holly and Corey, children of a Chicago police officer, are fast friends with Savitri, who is also Corey’s girlfriend. One night after the three complete a challenging freerunning session, Savitri witnesses a hooded shooter targeting Corey and Holly in their car. Corey is killed and Holly is hospitalized in a coma. Devastated, Savitri [...]
My Cup of Tea. Performed by Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band. CD. approx. 43 min. Sukey Jump Music. 2013. ISBN unavail. $15.
PreS–Gr 3–Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band’s second album is a diverse mix of original songs and traditional children’s music. The ukulele is featured throughout and pairs well with the guitar, bass, drums, and other nontraditional instruments such as the slide whistle, jaw harp, clave, and doumbek. Swedberg’s pleasant, expressive voice is often joined by others [...]
BURG, Ann E. Serafina’s Promise. 304p. glossary. Scholastic. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545535649; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9780545549943.
Gr 4-6–Serafina is just 11, but she fetches water from a stream every day and helps her family add to the coin jar by bundling the herbs her mother and grandmother sell. She has witnessed the death of her infant brother, wishing and wondering if she could have done more to save him. Told in verse, this first-person account of a young girl’s life [...]
Gravity Vacation. Performed by Marsha Goodman-Wood. CD. 27:22 min. Marshagoodmanwood.bandcamp.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $12.
PreS-Gr 4–Goodman-Wood makes quite a splash with her debut album. The nine original songs are a unique blend of science and positive social messages encompassed within toe tapping melodies and sing-along worthy lyrics. This combination allows for numbers such as “Sheep Don’t Wear Shoes,” which teaches about self-confidence and the importance of non-conformity without being the least bit didactic. Science is highlighted in tunes about the make-up [...]
SLJ’s book review editors have chosen the best fiction titles of 2013. From a plucky pig sailing to the south pole to a endearing story of first love, the middle grade and young adult titles on this list feature three-dimensional characters, fully realized worlds, and stories that stay with the reader long after the last page.