April 29, 2016

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Introducing Xpress Reviews. School Library Journal will be following in the footsteps of our sister publication, Library Journal, and publishing select, web-only reviews.

Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray | SLJ Review

Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray

Murray, Alison. Hare and Tortoise. illus. by Alison Murray. 32p. Candlewick. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763687212. 

PreS-Gr 1 –A delightful and witty retelling of the traditional Aesop fable. The story remains true to the original, while adding in wonderfully quirky descriptions of the main characters. In doing so, Murray makes the well-known animals that much more lovable. It is impossible not to smile at Tortoise’s catchphrase, “I may be slow, but watch me go,” as […]

High School Librarian Raises $10K for Flint Schools


“Focus on Flint Day” was a testament to the compassion this Indianapolis community has for the youngest victims of the ongoing water crisis in Michigan.

Chasing It | SLJ DVD Review

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Chasing It. 46 min. Dist. by Dreamscape. 2015. $19.99. (PPR) $199.99. UPC 857063005769. 

Gr 9 Up –Addicts, a grieving father, and a medical doctor describe in detail the power of heroin over youth from all socioeconomic brackets. Dr. Marc Fishman, from Mountain Manor Treatment Center and associate professor at John Hopkins Medicine, explains how the first experience with heroin is unlike any previous feeling and that users are destined to chase that euphoria, which can never be duplicated. He […]

Mind the Gap: Serving Readers in Sixth Through Eighth Grade


Middle school librarian Amanda Buschmann offers tips for helping build collections and serve readers in that tricky range between sixth and eighth grade.

Political Thrillers, Flirty Romances, and Complex Sci-Fi | YA Series Update


The following are some of the latest installments in popular YA series. The highlighted choices include some classic romances, science fiction, dystopians, horror, a modern-day take on Shakespeare, and political thrillers that teens won’t want to miss.

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The Mummy Makers of Egypt by Tamara Bower | SLJ Review

The Mummy Makers of Egypt by Tamara Bower

Bower, Tamara. The Mummy Makers of Egypt. illus. by Tamara Bower. 40p. maps. Seven Stories. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781609806002. Pop 

Gr 4-6 –Award-winning author and illustrator Bower reveals the process of Egyptian embalming in a colorful and informative manner. The narrative follows the death and embalming of Yuya, an official of the royal court whose tomb was discovered in 1905 near the Valley of the Kings. The text begins with the historical context of embalming […]

Get Teens Interested in Digital Preservation


With Digital Preservation Week nearly upon us, here’s how to entice a group that can be slow to embrace the idea—–teens—to pick up the gauntlet.

Asking for It by Louise O’Neill | SLJ Review


O’Neill, Louise. Asking for It. 304p. ebook available. Quercus. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781681445373. 

Gr 10 Up –Proud, gorgeous, vain—at 18, Emma O’Donovan is the “It” girl of her small Irish town. She dreams of passing her leaving exams in a year, going to college, marrying a rich man who can finally buy her what she deserves, and living happily ever after. Then she takes a pill from a boy at a party. Emma wakes […]

A Longtime Publisher Casts Its Print Content in a New Light | Reference Online


Kids Discover presents an online version of the material from its popular magazines, supplemented by strong visual and interactive features.

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Tech and the Race to Read: the Case for Early Literacy


A Houston library services specialist finds that the addition of technology motivates learning, helping both students and teachers overcome the challenges of low reading achievement.

Dover Publications Celebrates 75th Birthday with Librarian Love


A sweepstakes contest, from today through May 31, gives librarians the chance to win a collection of 75 best-selling Dover titles.

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins | SLJ Review

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Perkins, Lynne Rae. Frank and Lucky Get Schooled. illus. by Lynne Rae Perkins. 32p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Jun. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062373458. 

K-Gr 4 –As the book begins, sequential panels depict a ginger-haired boy having a horrible day; the next set shows a police officer taking a lost Labrador retriever to an animal shelter. When Frank gets Lucky, their mutual joy in learning about each other quickly transfers to other arenas. The dog is particularly interested in […]

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout | SLJ Review


Gout, Leopoldo. Genius: The Game. 288p. ebook available. Feiwel & Friends. Jun. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250045812. 

Gr 8 Up –Meet Rex, a 16-year-old programing genius who is determined to find his brother, Teo, no matter what the cost. Rex creates WALKABOUT, a very complicated code that once run will allow him to track down his brother; the only catch is he has to find a quantum computer to run it. Meet Tunde, a 14-year-old self-taught engineering […]

Fantasy Series Starters | Listen In


Multi-volume tales, both classic and modern, to engage listeners

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | SLJ Audio Review

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

BRACKEN, Alexandra. Passenger. 11 CDs. 13:35 hrs. Brilliance. 2016. $24.99. ISBN 9781511361149. 

Gr 9 Up –Etta Spencer plans to be a professional violinist, not knowing the big secret her mother has kept from her—Etta and her mother are the last survivors of a time-traveling family. Cyrus Ironwood believes that Etta is the only person who can find the valuable object he seeks. And so he sends her traveling through space and time to land on a ship. Nicholas […]

Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands by Susan L Roth & Cindy Trumbore | SLJ Review

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Roth, Susan L. & Cindy Trumbore. Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands. illus. by Susan L. Roth. 40p. bibliog. chron. glossary. Lee & Low. Apr. 2016. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781620142455. 

Gr 1-3–The North American prairie, a balanced ecosystem of prairie dogs and other animals and plants, thrived for thousands of years. Yet within 60 years of the arrival of farmers and ranchers, it was almost destroyed. The discovery of a remnant prairie […]

Teens Review the Latest from Kwame Alexander, Deb Caletti, and More


Our young adult reviewers tackle the latest offering from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander, an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, and Deb Caletti’s Essential Maps for the Lost.

Bug Burgers to Black Holes: General Science | Series Nonfiction


Covering everything from toilets to the electromagnetic spectrum, these titles aim to inspire readers to look beyond seemingly ordinary occurrences and into the underlying scientific principles that define our lives.

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Their Lives Are an Open Book: Biography | Series Nonfiction


Covering everything from trailblazing pilots to exceptional artists to infamous bandits, these titles are sure to inspire students and get them thinking about some of their favorite figures of the past and present.

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