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April 17, 2014

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SLJ Best Books 2013 Fiction

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SLJ’s book review editors have chosen the best fiction titles of 2013. From a plucky pig sailing to the south pole to a endearing story of first love, the middle grade and young adult titles on this list feature three-dimensional characters, fully realized worlds, and stories that stay with the reader long after the last page.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ Best Books 2013 Adult Books 4 Teens

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Every fall the “Adult Books 4 Teens” reviewers come together to nominate, discuss, and select the best reading of the year for a list that guarantees a combination of excellence and appeal to young adults. All of these books were originally reviewed on SLJ’s “Adult Books 4 Teens” blog (blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/adult4teen).

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Book Review: Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | November 2013

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From dolphins to surviving pandemics, there’s a book for every reader on SLJ’s November nonfiction reviews for fifth grade and up. Additionally, new titles by Katherine Paterson and Joyce Sidman make their appearance in time for Thanksgiving displays.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pick of the Day: Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like?

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A stellar look at the methods paleoartists employ to bring dinosaurs to life on paper

Pick of the Day: Parrots Over Puerto Rico

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Detailed collages depict the parrots’ lives and struggles above human activities that have altered the island’s ecosystem over the centuries.

Pick of the Day: Wild Animal Neighbors

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There is plenty here to get kids thinking about and debating the question, “What does it mean to be ‘urban’ or ‘wild’ in the twenty-first century?”

Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | October 2013

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A pasta cookbook (Barlow), on being a writer (Majors), graphic design (Kidd)

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pick of the Day: Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice

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Using the nursery rhyme about three blind mice, Lewis has created a background story as she uses their tale to define selected literary elements.

Pick of the Day: The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees

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The worker bee and its vital role in the life cycle of the honeybee are interwoven with the threat that Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) poses to bees, plants, and humans.

Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | September 2013

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Making movies.

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars | September 2013

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About words and writing.

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Pick of the Day: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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Leonard Peacock has big plans for his 18th birthday….to kill Asher Beal and then commit suicide….This is a difficult, yet powerful, book. Quick’s use of flashbacks, internal dialogue, and interpersonal communication is brilliant.

Pick of the Day: ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family

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Recipes for healthy eating with wholesome foods

In Sync | Young Adult Authors Collaborate

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Collaboration between authors often yields unexpected and amazing results, and these young adult titles are no exception. With subject matter ranging from paranormal romance to contemporary realistic fiction, these titles by well-known YA writers will create a stir among teens.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List | August 2013

How to Train a Train (Eaton)
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On trains, cooking, and volcanoes.

Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | August 2013

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Solid biographies and nautical poetry

Grades 9 & Up Fiction | August 2013

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A fun read about a teen safecracker (Benway), fast-paced thrillers, and more

Grade 5-8 Fiction | August 2013

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An action-packed romp of a mystery (Kittscher), a novel set in the Dominican Republic (Mulder), and a sequel to Winterling (Prineas).

Pick of the Day: Weird Sea Creatures

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Fifty gorgeous photos introduce a yeti crab, a spined pigmy shark, etc.

Pick of the Day: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

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For fans of creepy mysteries