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October 23, 2014

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Teens Review War Books: Mythological, Historical, and Emotional

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Teens often feel like they are misunderstood and at war with the rest of the world. These fiction titles will give them some strategies for coping on and off the battlefield of adolescence.

Debut Author Marie-Helene Bertino Dishes the Writing Dirt with SLJTeen

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SLJ caught up with debut author Marie-Helene Bertino to discuss her 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, a multigenerational story perfect for mother/daughter book clubs.

Paying Homage to Walter Dean Myers | Listen In

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Audiobooks that showcase the exceptional stories made possible by the groundbreaking work of a man whose life was changed by reading and writing.

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Brush Up on Musicals, Cat Breeds, Sign Language, and More | Reference Reviews

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This month, we’ve got you covered no matter what you want to learn. Hoping to brush up on your cat breed knowledge? You’re covered. Want to take up American Sign Language? Look no further. And, Annie, get your ready reference—we’ve got your guide to musicals: stage, screen, and more.

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Keeping Libraries Relevant: Using Technology • Understanding Informational Text • Improving Literacy

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Elementary and middle school libraries have always been a central location for learning and resources. With the changing educational standards and the growing use of technology, libraries are growing and changing as well. Join Rourke and our expert panelists as we discuss how technology, informational text, and literacy are the keys to keeping libraries relevant for students and teachers.
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Two Virginia Educators Offer Best Practices for ‘Teaching in the Cloud’

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Two librarians from Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools share the growing success of their district’s “school-in-the-cloud,” and how school librarians can lead and support this virtual teaching model.

Philadelphia Museum and Library Loses Maurice Sendak Collection

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Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library will return nearly 10,000 pieces of original artwork to the Maurice Sendak Foundation, beginning this month.

An unlikely friendship blossoms in “If I Ever Get Out of Here”|Audio Pick

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Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here. 9 CDs. 10:20 hrs. Listening Library. 2014. $55. ISBN 9780553395464. digital download.
Gr 9 Up–The year is 1975. Lewis Blake, a slightly built teen from the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, is enrolled in advanced classes at high school. Lewis suffers racist stereotyping and bullying from students and some teachers. When he meets George Haddonfield, the boys find common interests in music, especially the Beatles, but Lewis is wary of befriending someone off the [...]

A Dose of Family Drama | Adult Books 4 Teens

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With the holiday season approaching, we present a handful of picks that give a new spin to the definition of family and offer plenty of food for thought. The full versions of these reviews originally appeared on the Adult Books 4 Teens blog.

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Ghostly Guinea Pigs, Time-Travelers, and Seelie Wars | Fiction Series Update

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These latest updates in ongoing series, these books encompass a wide variety of topics: a dark and haunting title about Vietnam from Chris Lynch, more drama from the world of the Seelies from Jane Yolen and son Adam Stemple, and time-traveling adventures with Mira.

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Fiction & Nonfiction for Middle and High School Readers

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us a for an exclusive free preview of upcoming fiction and nonfiction titles that will appeal to your Middle and High School readers. With topics ranging from the former Soviet Union and medieval times to cell phones and video games, there will be plenty of new and existing series titles to get excited about. Register Now!

Light Up the Shelves for Christmas and Hanukkah! | December Holidays

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Our team of reviewers in Los Angeles selected and evaluated 42 titles to help librarians make informed purchase decisions. Picture books, poetry, song adaptations, nonfiction, and short stories are among the offerings.

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Sticker Shock: Librarians Open Their Wallets

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Almost 97 percent of school librarians spend their own money on supplies, according to a recent SLJ poll on out-of-pocket spending.

The Civil Rights Movement & More | Best of Apps & Enhanced Books

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Two apps on the Civil Right Movement and a pirate story headline our best-of-the-month column.

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Take a Wild Ride Through the History of Children’s Lit, Revamp Your Storytelling Skills, and Brush Up on Collection Development | Professional Reading

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Check out Betsy Byrd’s much-anticipated Wild Things, a look at children’s literature through the ages. Hoping to enhance your storytimes? Try Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Kathy Fling Klatt’s STEP into Storytime.

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Robot Chicken Invasions, Cartwheels Galore, and a Victorian Murder Mystery | Fiction Grades 5-8

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This month’s picks for the middle school set will evoke a range of emotions. Whether you’re looking for the achingly poignant (Katherine Rundell’s Cartwheeling Through Thunderstorms, the tale of a spirited tomboy who finds herself orphaned) or the charmingly quirky (Alex McCall’s Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens or Julie Berry’s The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place), there’s something to please readers of all stripes.

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Late Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month’s reviews include a vibrant assortment of cleverly engaging stories with gorgeous artwork. Look for books by award-winning illustrators Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers, Marie-Louise Gay, and Jim LaMarche, as well as some relative newcomers on the scene, such as Tom Clohosy Cole, Chris Haughton, August Hall, Steve Pilcher, and Ayano Imai.

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Breathing New Life into Old Tales | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

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There’s plenty to engage teen readers this month, from a creative retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s spine-tingling, gothic tale “The Fall of the House of Usher,” told from the perspective of Madeline Usher, as well as Audacity, Melanie Crowder’s look at Clara Lemlich, a 19th-century activist for workers rights.

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Mythology Percy Jackson–Style, a Side-splitting Memoir, and Ghouls Galore | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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The intrepid Percy Jackson tries his hand at retelling Greek mythology, with hilarious results, while Paralympic ski racer Josh Sundquist pens a laugh-out-loud memoir of his dating life. And for those looking for some spooky selections, check out Kelly Milner’s Ghostly Evidence.

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Go to the Head of the Class: College Readiness Programming at the Library

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Young adult librarian Elise Sheppard of Lone Star College-Cyfair Branch Library spearheaded an initiative to offer college readiness programs and give high schoolers a leg up before they get on campus.