Today’s app reviews cover introductions to foundational science topics studied at one point during every student’s career.
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LAI, Thanhhà. Listen, Slowly. digital download. 8 hrs. Harper Audio. 2015. $18.99. ISBN 9780062346469.
Gr 6-8–Mai (though at school in Laguna Beach she’s known as “Mia”) is a seventh grade valley girl who is expected to accompany her grandmother on an all-summer visit to Vietnam. Bà fled Vietnam with her children during the Fall of Saigon, and doesn’t know what happened to her husband, Mai’s grandfather. Occasionally using her rudimentary Vietnamese, Mai tells the story (grudgingly adding SAT vocabulary sent daily […]
The reviewers from the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group share their thoughts on upcoming teen literature. From a creepy retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories to an even scarier serial killer mystery, these books will give young adults chills during the summer months.
Information literacy for elementary school students continues to garner more attention nationwide, and DK, best known for its informative, engaging, and visually stunning nonfiction works, has taken up the charge with its newest creation, DK Findout!
Few authors and developers create fictional stories for the iPad with the tween and teen audience in mind. Lynley Stace of Slap Happy Larry is an exception. Her latest app, Hilda Bewildered, will delight fans.
Owl Power. (Nature). 53 min. Dist. By PBS. 2015. $19.99. ISBN 9781627892827.
Gr 5 Up–Owls are known to have keen eyesight, and this film informs viewers that there is much more to their hunting skills and their nocturnal habits. The main focus here is the manner in which scientists are able to study the owl’s unique set of superpowers. Bird trainers Lloyd and Rose Buck provide a rare and up-close opportunity for viewers—two baby barn owls are seen hatching in an […]
Hard-hitting novels, such as Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not and Courtney Summers’s All the Rage, will strike a chord with teens. And Mark Alpert’s The Six, about artificial intelligence trying to take over the world, will strike fear in the hearts of readers. That and much more in this month’s SLJ reviews.
From Patrice Kindl’s Regency-era romp to Rebecca Stead’s much-anticipated Goodbye Stranger and to high-octane debuts by Valynne Maetani and Kate Elliot, the following titles will delight and engage young teens looking for their next fiction fix.
From Marvel kickass heroine sagas to the graphic novel adaptation of Marie Lu’s blockbuster Legend, these illustrated works will find an avid audience among young adults.
The Adventures of a Stalwart Hamster Princess, a Victorian Grave Robber, and a Pirate Princess | Middle Grade
The protagonists of these middle grade reads are sure to impress, from Ursula Vernon’s latest heroine, a courageous hamster princess, to the main character of The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden, a young grave robber who makes a most unusual discovery one night.
The Return of EllRay Jakes, Humphrey the Hamster, Last-but-Not-Least Lola, and More Chapter Book Heroes and Heroines | Series Update
Look no further, chapter book fans. There’s tons of updates to beloved series on the horizon, from everyone’s favorite hamster, Humphrey, who embarks on a camping trip, to EllRay Jakes, who takes on his greatest challenge yet: popularity.
Cynthia Rylant has done it again. Her latest, Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan, tackles the timely topic of drought.
Bird-watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor hobbies in United States, generating enthusiasm across age groups and demographics. Digital references for these hobbyists are on the rise.
HARGREAVES, Roger. The Mr. Men Collection Vol. 1. 1 CD. 59 min. Listening Library. 2015. $10. ISBN 9781101891285. digital download.
PreS-Gr 2–This recording features ten titles from the appealing collection of brief books that highlight Hargreaves’s classic “Mr. Men” tales. Mr. Happy ends up chuckling with a now-smiling Mr. Miserable. Mr. Messy leaves the cap off his toothpaste, Mr. Small slips into the mustard, and Mr. Brave rushes to arrive on time for tea to avoid upsetting stern Miss Bossy. There […]
Paranormal romances don’t seem to be waning, and a realistic fiction title was received quite differently by two young critics. The young adult reviewers, part of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA book groups near Seattle, offer honest insight into some of the latest titles for teens.
Erin Gruwell, a teacher determined to make a difference, and her students became the subject of the 2007 Hollywood movie Freedom Writers. On May 5, Gruwell and some of those same students will visit with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Together they will view a new documentary about the Freedom Writers’ extraordinary journey.