December 7, 2016

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Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

Positing a Perfect World: Neal Shusterman on Scythe

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The National Book Award–winning author discusses the elaborate world-building behind his new series, “Arc of a Scythe.”

Teens Review Neal Shusterman’s “Scythe,” New Nonfiction, and More

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Check out what the members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group think about Neal Shusterman’s Scythe, Cassandra Clare’s latest fantasy, and Catherine Reef’s Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse, among other titles.

Deb Lucke on her Latest “Lunch Witch” Graphic Novel

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Deb Lucke’s sequel to “Lunch Witch” was just named an SLJ Popular Pick. She reveals what’s next for Grunhilda.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Our Post-Election Commitment | Editor’s Note

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We’re in an unprecedented place for education and library coverage. It’s time to speak to the staff as well as to our readers.

Monsters, Mysteries, and Middle Grade: A Chat with Bruce Hale

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The prolific author of more than 40 books talks about his life as a young reluctant reader and what eventually turned him on to literature.

Giving the Gift of Nonfiction | Nonfiction Notions

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When thinking about holiday gift-giving this season, don’t forget about nonfiction!

Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman | SLJ Audio Review

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CUSHMAN, Karen. Grayling’s Song. 4 CDs. 5 hrs. Recorded Books. Jul. 2016. $46.75. ISBN 9781501916922. digital download.

Gr 3-6– Cushman delivers an intriguing cast of characters in a fantastical tale set in a medieval world. A dark cloud is turning Grayling’s demanding hedgewitch mother and other “wise folk” into trees. Though Grayling is shy and unsure, after she assembles her mother’s potions and learns her songs, the teen sets out to find her mother’s stolen grimoire (book of magic). […]

The Limits of Nonfiction | The Last Word

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Classification issues arise as recent children’s titles push boundaries.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium: A Recap

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Authors, educators, librarians, and more gathered for learning and inspiration at this year’s Young Adult Library Services Association Symposium.

Nicola Yoon and Julie Buxbaum Talk Up YA Lit, National Book Awards, and More

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Two notable YA authors interview each other about their latest works, upcoming projects, and love for teen lit—especially romances.

Robots, Early Learning on the Rise: What’s Trending in Kids’ Books

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While ebooks have stalled, the outlook for the children’s book market looks good. That data and coming trends were unpacked at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit.

Pat Scales, Rainbow Rowell Honored by NCAC

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The National Coalition Against Censorship honored SLJ’s “Scales on Censorship” columnist Pat Scales and “Eleanor and Park” author Rainbow Rowell at its annual gala on Tuesday, November 1.

SLJ’s “A Fuse #8 Production” Wins FOLIO Award for Best Blog

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“A Fuse #8 Production” has won an Eddie Digital Award as the best blog in the B-to-B category government/public sector/education.

Game Changers: Books Based on Video Games

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Novels, graphic novels, and comics drawn from video games and their characters have broad appeal.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Therapy by the Book

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Help students find solace, insight, and inspiration while reading. Plus, trauma-response resources for educators.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Increasing Awareness of Youth “in the Margins” |YA Underground

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Help marginalized teens find stories that speak to their experiences with these books and resources.

SLJ Regrets an Error, Updates Reviewer Guidelines

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SLJ has corrected a serious error, which appeared in a 2013 review of Tim Tharp’s audiobook Mojo.

Three Ways To Use Picture Books with Older Kids | Programming Cookbook

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Picture books are not just for toddlers! Here are three programs that highlight ways to use familiar picture books with upper elementary and middle school kids.

Watch with a Friend: Tween-Friendly Movies To Scare Your Socks Off

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Thirteen PG-rated films perfect for a Halloween movie night.