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April 21, 2014

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Pet Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Dog vs Cat Cover

Five fun new titles about everyone’s favorite furry companions.

New Books by Tedd Arnold, John Burningham, Lucy Cousins, and Michael Hall | Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction Reviews

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An instant classic, Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman, plus several new picture books by award-winning and beloved illustrators top our Preschool to Grade 4 picks this month.

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New Books by Megan Frazer Blakemore, Charles De Lint, Margi Preus | Grades 5-8 Fiction Review

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A mystery set during the McCarthy era from the author of , a modern fairy tale by master storyteller Charles De Lint, and an historical tale rife with allusions to Norweigan folklore by Newbery Honor winner Margi Preus lead our selection of new middle grade reviews.

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Exciting New Titles by Melissa De La Cruz, Pete Hautman, and Marissa Meyer | Grades 9 & Up Fiction Reviews

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From Jenny Han’s poignant novel about true love and sisterhood to Alan Lawrence Sitomer’s look into the gritty world of cage fighting, the following books for high school readers will intrigue teens and keep them coming for more.

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Conclusions to Popular Teen Lit Sagas | Fiction Series Update: YA Trilogies

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Whether a paranormal romance aficionado or a dystopian or postapocalyptic fiction completist, teen readers can slake their hunger for series fiction with the following picks.

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Where Babies Come From, a Jazz Legend, & One Brave Chicken | Stars List, April 2014

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From an ode to an innovative jazz musician to an unreliable narrator-driven YA novel, check out the book and multimedia titles that made SLJ’s April list of stellar offererings.

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Pick of the Day: Caminar

Caminar

Unlike many novels in verse, which can read like conventional narratives with line breaks, Caminar contributes poetry that elevates the genre.

Pick of the Day: Following Papa’s Song

Following Papa’s Song

Stunning artwork takes readers into the lush, inviting waters filled with marine life swimming effortlessly across the pages.

Pick of the Day: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

This inventive and engaging fantasy, based on the story of the Snow Queen, will be a welcome addition to middle grade collections.

Pick of the Day: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The author admirably touches upon profound issues related to identity and race and tenderly conveys intergenerational bonds.

Pick of the Day: Extraordinary Jane

Extraordinary Jane

In a world full of competition for kids to be the fastest, smartest, and best at everything, this story’s message is a worthy one.

Pick of the Day: Digger Dog

Digger Dog

Aptly named Digger Dog sniffs out a bone and with catchy, repetitive phrases, uses increasingly larger digging tools and vehicles to break the hard ground and retrieve it.

Pick of the Day: Going Over

Going Over

Kephart immerses readers in 1980s Berlin, a time period that does not receive a lot of attention in most history textbooks.

Pick of the Day: The One Safe Place

The One Safe Place

An original dystopian story for middle-grade readers.

Book Review: Grades 9 & Up Fiction

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Several YA novels in our March issue capitalize on the Downton Abbey fandom, including Bethany Hagen’s postapocalyptic Landry Park, Katherine Longshore’s drama-filled Manor of Secrets, and Leila Rasheed’s lush Diamonds & Deceit.

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Book Review: Grades 5-8 Fiction

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Our March issue is chock-full of excellent middle grade offerings: Gary Blackwood’s tale of an orphan living in 1835 Philadelphia with nothing but his masterful ability to play chess; Nikki Loftin’s enchanting retelling of “The Nightingale”; and Emma Trevayne’s meticulously created steampunk world.

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction

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Luminous and inspiring picture books abound in the March issue, including a collection of previously unpublished poems by Margaret Wise Brown, the tale of a little boy who proudly wears a tangerine dress—even in the face of cruel comments, and an oddly lovable sloth.

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EDITORS’ PICKS: New Board Book Favorites

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Baby animals, a tooting toddler, and die-cuts galore: this smattering of board books will appeal to your youngest readers.

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Pick of the Day: Flight School

Flight School

Judge successfully balances the humor in the storytelling, the drawings, and the situations in this delightful and charming book.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List

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A modern and magical retelling of The Snow Queen, a train adventure packed with nonstop action, and a delightful look at the life and inspirations of one of the most well-respected picture book artists round out a rich selection of titles in our March Stars.

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