October 15, 2017

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I Never by Laura Hopper | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –A stellar debut novel that easily compares to Judy Blume’s iconic Forever.

Coding for Tweens and Teens | SLJ Spotlight

Two nonfiction titles about coding will keep young minds active during the winter months.

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I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Alfonso Jones loves to play trumpet and is thinking of trying out for his class’s hip hop–themed Hamlet. On a shopping trip with his crush Danetta, the African American teen, who is looking for his first suit to wear in celebration of his father’s release from jail, is shot by a white off-duty cop who incorrectly assumes the suit hanger is a gun.

The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –Aster belongs to a magical family, but he is having problems with one of the most basic rules: shapeshifting is for boys, while witchcraft is for girls.

Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –This prehistoric romp opens with Tyrannosaurus Rex throwing his weight around as usual, terrifying other dinosaurs as he searches of a suitable breakfast. As the other dinos flee in terror, Edna, the very first chicken, stands her ground, and when the “lord of the forest” tries to eat her, he gets a nasty surprise.

25 Terrifying Horror Novels for Kids and Teens

From totally innocuous through safe scary, all the way to “holy moly!”, the following fiction titles offer a scary experience for a range of readers and their comfort levels.

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YA Authors Nic Stone and Jared Reck Chat About Crafting Characters, Their Paths to Publication, and More

Debut authors Jared Reck (A Short History of the Girl Next Door) and Nic Stone (Dear Martin) share thoughts on the writing process, developing their characters, and what they’re working on next.

Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy by Laurel Snyder | SLJ Review

K-Gr 2 –Those adorable moptop siblings Charlie and Mouse are back, this time spending quality time with their visiting grandfather, Grumpy.

Middle Grade Standalones and Sequels from Favorite Authors | SLJ Spotlight

These 10 titles from favorite authors will delight readers whether they’re seeking a standalone or series sequel.

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Four Futuristic Finds for Teen Readers | SLJ Spotlight

These four YA sci-fi picks are great recommendations for Doctor Who and Feed fans.

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Be “Pinspired” To Unleash Your Story This Teen Read Week

Not sure what to do for this year’s Teen Read Week event? Teacher librarian Kathy M. Burnette has you covered.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | SLJ Review

A deeply resonant and powerful novel that will inform and enlighten readers even as it breaks their hearts.

100 Things I Love To Do with You by Amy Schwartz | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –In the same format as her 100 Things that Make Me Happy, this book employs rhyming couplets and a diverse cast of characters to celebrate things children can enjoy with the people in their lives.

A New Season of “Nature” | On the Screen

The visually rich, compelling PBS Nature series returns this month for its 36th season, with episodes that are ready-made tie-ins for classrooms studies.

4 Middle Grade Books To Tug the Heartstrings | SLJ Spotlight

Four poignant middle grade titles for analytical and introspective young readers.

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Alice Proserpine’s mother Ella was raised on fairy tales amid the cultlike fandom surrounding the release of Tales from the Hinterland, a collection of grim fairy tales that, in the 1980s, briefly made Alice’s grandmother Althea Proserpine a celebrity.

Waltz of the Snowflakes by Elly MacKay |SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –This wordless picture book opens with Christmas just days away, but the only sign of holiday cheer is Gran’s holly leaf print dress and her excitement at having tickets to The Nutcracker.

Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 7 Up –Amy Lennox and her mom, Alexis, decide they need a change, so the duo head to the family home in Stormsay, Scotland. There, Amy discovers her family’s book-jumping legacy.

Agua, Agüita/Water, Little Water by Jorge Tetl Argueta | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –This poem, set in the first person, explores the water cycle from the perspective of “Agüita” or “Little Water,” the preferred nickname of water.

Lisa Loeb, Ella Jenkins, & Mister G | ClefNotes

Reviews of 13 albums for children