June 28, 2016

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Compass South by Hope Larson | SLJ Review

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Larson, Hope. Compass South. illus. by Rebecca Mock. 224p. (Four Points: Bk. 1). Farrar. Jun. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374300432. POP 

Gr 4-8 –In this fast-paced, high-energy tale, 12-year-old twins Alex and Cleo Dodge find adventure—and trouble—as they search for their father and, at times, each other. The siblings join the Black Hook Gang, but Alex is soon arrested for stealing. The twins leave town, yet there’s still more excitement to come. Has the key to […]

Book Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

A big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are. Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda […]

Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Publisher’s description Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past […]

Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon | SLJ Review

Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon

Shannon, David. Duck on a Tractor. illus. by David Shannon. 40p. Scholastic/Blue Sky. Sept. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545619417. 

PreS-Gr 2 –A daring duck gets the wild idea to ride an unattended bike down on the farm in Shannon’s Duck on a Bike. At the very end of that now classic storytime title, the mischievous drake spies a tractor, thereby setting the stage for this delightful follow-up. Duck decides to drive the massive red vehicle into […]

Review: ‘Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven’

Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven Writer: Brandon Easton Artist: Denis Medri IDW Publishing; $12.99 In 2014 the first substantial biography of the late professional wrestler Andre The Giant was published, and it came in the form of an original graphic novel. That was cartoonist Box Brown’s Andre The Giant: Life and Legend, a beautifully […]

Helping Girls Thrive in STEM Fields and Working “Storytime Magic” | Professional Reading

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This issue, SLJ highlights titles that focus on everything you need to know to deliver an amazing storytime, a guide to helping female students get involved in STEM, and a primer on reading instruction.

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

New Kid Blues | SLJ Spotlight

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Moving to a new town or school is a common, and difficult, life experience for many kids. Several new titles feature characters who experience—and overcome—the new kid blues.

Small Steps | SLJ Spotlight

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Forget the electoral process; students may need a refresher on what Washington, DC, even looks like! These titles will have readers ready to set off on the right foot toward greater political knowledge.

The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah OHora | SLJ Review

The Not So Quiet Library

OHora, Zachariah. The Not So Quiet Library. illus. by Zachariah OHora.40p. Dial. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803741409. 

PreS-Gr 1 –Oskar, a boy, and Theodore, a bear, are companionable reading buddies. They love waking up early Saturday mornings to visit the library—after a “proper breakfast” of delectable doughnuts. They are just settling into a typically quiet library day when the “Boom! Crash! Growl!” of a loud, angry, and disruptive monster disturbs their solitude. It appears that […]

Your Worst Nightmare | SLJ Spotlight

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Looking for a good scare? Check out the latest spine-tingling YA offerings sure to keep teens up at night.

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” |Touch and Go

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Behind Heuristic Media’s stunning app of “The Tempest” is the actor Ian McKellen, who with his business partner Richard Loncraine, has plans to release an app for each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich | SLJ Review

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Kurtagich, Dawn. And the Trees Crept In. 352p. ebook available. Little, Brown. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316298704. 

Gr 9 Up –When Silla and her younger sister Nori arrive on the doorstep of their estranged aunt’s crumbling manor, they are cold, injured, and on the run from someone awful. Things start sliding into macabre territory right away, and within a few years Aunt Cath has gone mad and locked herself in the attic permanently. The two […]

Download SLJ’s Sneak Peek: Your Guide to the Hottest Summer/Fall 2016 Titles

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110 of the most hotly anticipated summer and fall titles, hand-picked by the SLJ editors. With info on ALA author signings and galley giveaways.

Review: ‘Moominmamma’s Maid’

Moominmamma’s Maid Writer/artist: Tove Jansson Drawn and Quarterly; $9.95 The late Finnish writer, artist, and cartoonist Tove Jansson’s Moomin characters have delighted readers of all ages in several very distinct corners of the globe for generations now. In our corner of the globe, Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly has been re-packaging and republishing Jansson’s comic […]

Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington | SLJ Review

Catching a Storyfish

Harrington, Janice N. Catching a Storyfish. 224p. Wordsong. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781629794297. 

Gr 4-7 –Keet, a girl from Alabama, loves language and storytelling, but her family’s move to Illinois makes her feel silenced. Comfort comes through a budding friendship with Allegra, her Latina classmate and neighbor, and through fishing with her beloved grandfather. “To catch a fish,” he tells her, “You’ve got to sit quiet and hold still/You’ve got to listen, really listen/with your […]

Book Review: All The Feels by Danika Stone

Publisher’s description College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life…and her last tangible connection to her deceased father. Thus, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal. Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv […]

The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn | SLJ Review

The Smaller Evil

Kuehn, Stephanie. The Smaller Evil. 256p. ebook available. Dutton. Aug. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101994702. 

Gr 9 Up –High school senior Arman Dukoff is in serious need of help. He hates his awkwardness, his social timidity, and how he feels trapped in his own head. When he meets Beau, who seems to see so much more potential within Arman, the protagonist jumps at the chance to follow him and his group. Once at the Compound, though, […]

PBS KIDS Video App

Chock full of quality children’s programs, the newly updated PBS KIDS Video App is an absolute no-brainer download for families, and for preschool and primary classrooms and libraries. The app is free, easy to navigate and available for both iOS (iPads & iPhones) and Android. The attractive, kid-friendly interface offers immediate access to such series […]

11 YA Thrillers That Would Make Lois Duncan Proud

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The queen of the teen thriller died on June 15, and the YA world will never be the same. In remembrance of Lois Duncan, we share recent YA thrillers that share the same suspense, plot twists, and unforgettable characters that Duncan is celebrated for.

Teens Review “Cure for the Common Universe” and More

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Gaming. Anorexia. The Manson Murders. There’s something for every kind of YA reader in this roundup by our teen reviewers.