November 30, 2016

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Yellow by Megan Jacobson | SLJ Audio Review

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JACOBSON, Megan. Yellow. 1 MP3-CD. 7:06 hrs. Brilliance. Jul. 2016. $9.99. ISBN 9781522642121.

Gr 9 Up –Fourteen-year-old Kirra Barley’s life is spiraling out of control. She’s bullied by girls at school who claim to be her friends, her father has left home to live with another woman, and her mother’s drinking is worse than it has ever been. Unhappy and alone, Kirra answers a ringing pay phone at the beach in her coastal Australian town, and the ghost of […]

A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins | SLJ Review

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JENKINS, Emily. A Greyhound, a Groundhog. illus. by Chris Appelhans. 32p. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Jan. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553498059.

PreS-Gr 2 –In a picture book that demands to be read aloud, a greyhound and a groundhog spin in visual and verbal circles. A limited gray and brown watercolor palette—and an equally limited selection of consonant and vowel sounds—characterize this phonologically clever, fundamentally joyful, and subtly unified picture book. Words, text, and creatures begin in simple lines (the words […]

Review: ‘Diary of a Tokyo Teen’

Diary of a Tokyo Teen: A Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High-Tech Toilets and Maid Cafes By Christine Mari Inzer Tuttle; $14.99 Given its prominent role in our pop culture, Japan is a place of deep fascination for many young people, especially those immersed in comics, animation, and video games. It […]

Book Review: Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students by Michael Sadowski

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Sadowski, Michael. Safe Is Not Enough: […]

Book Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Lindstrom, Eric. A Tragic Kind […]

TOP 10 Audiobooks | 2016

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These 10 titles represent excellent storytelling with exceptional narration and production values.

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One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes | SLJ Review

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GRIMES, Nikki. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. illus. by various. 128p. bibliog. ebook available. index. Bloomsbury. Jan. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781619635548.

Gr 6 Up –In this innovative and powerful compendium, Grimes pairs original poems with classics from the Harlem Renaissance. In a brief historical note on the period, she acknowledges the significance of black artists giving voice to the experiences of black life and cites the continued relevance of the literature of the period in […]

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden | SLJ Review

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BOLDEN, Tonya. Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls. 128p. bibliog. glossary. index. notes. photos. Abrams. Jan. 2017. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781419714559.

Gr 5-8 –The lives of 16 fascinating and innovative black men and women are given due recognition in this masterly work. Bolden makes use of a variety of features to convey information in an accessible yet deeply enlightening manner. For instance, sidebars titled “In His/Her Time” provide historical context without burdening the main text with lengthy […]

Review: ‘Super Powers #1′

Super Powers #1 Writers: Art Baltazar and Franco Artist: Baltazar DC Comics; $2.99 Rated E For Everyone The Tiny Titans creative team of writer/artist Art Baltazar and co-writer Franco have reteamed for another all-ages miniseries featuring DC’s superheroes, this one entitled Super Powers and featuring the Justice League characters. The art style and the specific […]

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.

Have You Seen My Trumpet? by Michaël Escoffier | SLJ Review

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ESCOFFIER, Michaël. Have You Seen My Trumpet? illus. by Kris Di Giacomo. 48p. Enchanted Lion. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781592702015.

K-Gr 2 –In this third story in a “wordplay trilogy,” the charming team of Escoffier and Di Giacomo (Take Away the A and Where’s the Baboon?) transport readers to a brilliant sunny day at the beach. A series of questions with clues hidden within both text and illustrations create a sense of playful interaction for young and older […]

Book Review: Gap Life by John Coy

Publisher’s description Cray got into the same college his father attended and is expected to go. And to go pre-med. And to get started right away. His parents are paying the tuition. It should be an easy decision. But it’s not. All Cray knows is that what’s expected of him doesn’t feel right. The pressure […]

Top 10 Graphic Novels | 2016

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The “Good Comics for Kids” bloggers present their picks for the best graphic novels published in 2016.

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Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2016

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Nineteen excellent adult books perfect for teen readers, selected by the Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers.

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YA Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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A handful of novels in a variety of genres and with an intriguing array of settings for voracious YA readers.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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Ten picture book selections illustrated in a variety of styles and formats to read-aloud, sing, or share one-on-one.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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These 10 lively and engaging informational books include appealing designs and feature lots of animals, some LEGOs, and a few laughs along the way.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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A manga selection about volleyball, perseverance, and sportsmanship.

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Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray | SLJ Review

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MURRAY, Martine. Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars. 192p. Knopf. Jan. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399550409.

Gr 3-6 –In this Australian import, 10-year-old Molly just wants to be normal. She is jealous of her best friend Ellen’s organized parents, clean house, and prepackaged muesli bars from the grocery store. Molly, on the other hand, has a space cadet mother who wanders off into the woods to gather herbs, makes potions, fills the house with odd trinkets, and […]

SLJ’s November Pop Picks

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This month’s Popular Picks features favorite authors such as Emma Chichester Clark, Deb Lucke, and Kimberly and James Dean.

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