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March 27, 2015

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Spokes People | SLJ Spotlight

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Two nonfiction picture books reimagine the benefits of bicycles.

Sexy Retellings, Alternative History, and Road Trip Novels | What’s Hot in YA

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From Rosamunde Hodge’s latest fairy tale reimagining to Bill Konigsberg’s road trip YA, the following books for teens are among this year’s must-have titles.

Westward Bound | Touch and Go

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“‘With a sinking feeling, I realized that I was entering a new kind of life, as rough and full of ups and downs as the road over which we traveled. Would I have the courage and fortitude to stick it out?”—Katherine Kirk,’” quoted in Kids Discover’s “Pioneers.”

Signal to Noise, Music & Magic

Signal to Noise, Music & Magic

I am so excited to introduce this small press title today. Signal to Noise is a perfect young adult crossover novel, full of appeal, diverse characters & setting, wonderful writing–and magic. What I love about this book is that even in the 2009 sections, when its characters are adults, Meche still has that sulky teen […]

Documentary sheds light on vicious bullying cycle in “Mentor” | DVD Pick

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A powerful documentary about bullying and suicide in a small town.

From the Page to the Screen | Multimedia Reviews, March 2015

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This month features the arrival of the DVD and audio versions of Jon Agee’s satirical Nothing, Alison McGhee’s wintry Making a Friend, and Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton’s The Very Fairy Princess, who lets her sparkle out in both formats. Christopher Myers’s H.O.R.S.E. and Ann M. Martin’s Reign are among the starred audiobook reviews.

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Unexplored History

Unexplored History

Today we look at two fabulous historical fiction works exploring historical periods unfamiliar to most Americans. First up is a starred review of Michelle Moran’s Rebel Queen, which tells the story of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Specifically, it tracks the exploits of Rani Lakshmi, the queen of a smallish kingdom in northern India called […]

Step into Native American Research: PebbleGo Next | Reference Online

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With a heavy focus on Native American history (future modules will incorporate other topics), PebbleGo Next is one database you and your patrons will want to look for.

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New Titles by Molly Idle, William Joyce, & Steve Jenkins | SLJ Sneak Peek

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New picture books by Molly Idle and William Joyce; a middle grade superhero tale by James Patterson; a picture book biography about New Orleans musician, Trombone Shorty; and more. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the upcoming April issue.

Driftwood

Driftwood

Somehow we managed to let this book from November of last year make it all the way till late March without a post. But don’t let that fool you: Elizabeth Dutton’s Driftwood is a fabulous novel with tons of teen appeal: rock stars, letters from beyond the grave, a road trip–this has got all the […]

Get Your Head in the Game: Sports in YA | SLJ Spotlight

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Sensational sports titles to get teens’ adrenaline pumping.

The New Immigrants NYC 1880-1924 | Touch and Go

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In its breath and depth, a new app created by the New York City Department of Education in partnership with four cultural institutions will help students understand the value of primary sources, develop insight into the experience of millions of new arrivals to our nation in the early 20th century, and explore historical thinking. And best of all—it’s free.

The Fast and the Feisty | “Insurgent” Film Review

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After the heavy plot lifting in the first film based on Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy (HarperCollins) viewers are in for a smoother ride in the adaptation of her second installment, Insurgent. It speeds past intricate intrigues and sketchy characterizations, moving like a sleek roller coaster ride, free from clunky exposition.

Black’s “Forest” is chock-full of magic and mystery | Audio Pick

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Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. 8 CDs. 8:30 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2015. $25. ISBN 9781478955894. digital download.
Gr 8 Up–A small town, sibling pairs, a beautiful horned boy who has been entombed in a clear casket for as long as anyone in the town can remember, and a dark forest inhabited by Fae folk of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments—these are just a few of the elements Black blends together to create this riveting and engrossing story that […]

Teens Review “Twilight,” “Lord of the Rings” Readalikes, and More

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Check out a second take on The Witch Hunter and an interesting twist on a dystopian society based on personal debt; in Hit, paybacks can be fatal. None of the books on this list are quite like the other. Teen reviewers share their thoughts.

Doomboy by Tony Sandoval

Doomboy by Tony Sandoval

French writer Tony Sandoval has created a tour de force of storytelling in his latest graphic novel. In France, Doomboy was an Official Selection of the 2012 Angouleme International Comics Festival and winner of the Coup de Coeur Youth Jury prize (for best comic book). Published in the States last fall, it is ideal for […]

Avast, Ye Landlubbers! | SLJ Spotlight

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Four fantastical middle grade tales of pirate adventures, both in this world and beyond.

“Oil & Water” drills deep into the issue of conservation | DVD Pick

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Oil & Water. 78 and 55 min. Dist. by Bullfrog Films. 2014. $295. Rent $95. ISBN 1941545165.
Gr 9 Up–This exquisitely edited documentary focuses on two young men who have dedicated their lives to the preservation of the indigenous culture and the ecosystem of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Hugo Lucitante, a member of the Cofán tribe, spent years in the U.S. and graduated from a Seattle high school. The film follows Lucitante over the next several years as he returns home to […]

Gretel All Grown Up

Gretel All Grown Up

At the opposite end of fairy-tale retellings from the gritty 2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, comes this delightful cozy mystery, the first in a prospective series starring the same Gretel, grown-up and solving crimes. Regular readers know my affection for fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, and while I haven’t read this one yet, […]

Tapping into Kids’ Curiosity About the Natural World | Professional Shelf

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The push to incorporate informational texts into instruction offers teachers and librarians an opportunity to tap into young readers ’curiosity about the natural world. Three recent publications with a focus on the selection and use of science-related texts in the classroom and for programming are timely aids for teachers and librarians.