November 17, 2017

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The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore | SLJ Review

Gr 5-8 –Twelve-year-old Lolly, a resident of Harlem’s St. Nicholas projects, has had a tough few months.

What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis & Thalia Wallis | SLJ Review

A deep discussion ensues, and the girls all draw from their experiences as they explore notions of consent and respect, eventually settling on some fundamental declarations.

It’s Shoe Time! by Bryan Collier & Mo Willems | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Anthropomorphic shoes clamor to be selected by a girl preparing for a “Daddy-and-Me day!”

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman | SLJ Review

The latest novel from the author of the beloved and award-winning “His Dark Materials” returns with a prequel that will delight fans and newcomers alike.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –This follow-up to the popular “Grisha” trilogy and its companion “Six of Crows” duology is a collection of atmospheric short stories and an excellent introduction to the Grishaverse for new readers and a satisfying expansion of the world for seasoned fans.

Joe’s Violin | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4 Up –When New York City radio station WQXR put out a call for donations of instruments for schools, thousands responded. Every instrument has a story, but this documentary follows just one, Joe Feingold’s violin

SLJ’s October 2017 Popular Picks

An aspiring ninja tries to catch Father Christmas in the act; 16-year-old Ruby Karp pens a guide to teenage survival; a new action-packed fantasy from Holly Black in this month’s Popular Picks!

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Putting “Wunder” into the Ordinary: An Interview with Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend’s debut fantasy is as delightful and optimistic as the author herself.

“Magic Tree House” Renumbering Catches Librarians Off Guard

A slight update to the phenomenally popular series presents shelving challenges.

Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Before and after Harriet Tubman became the stalwart conductor leading enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad, she played many remarkable roles during her long life.

#Resist: 3 Nonfiction Titles on Social Justice

Introduce kids and teens to activism with titles from Innosanto Nagara and former Earth Guardian leader Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.

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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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