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Book/Multimedia Review Stars List | May 2013

Odd Duck (Castellucci). ©2013 by Sara Varon

May, a month of “ducky” stars.

Fiction Series Update | May 2013

Book Covers

The latest installments in intriguing adventures, gripping sci-fi, and more.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List: March 2013

The Highway Rat (Donaldson) ©2013 by Axel Scheffler.

Check out SLJ’s Stars list. From Julia Donaldson’s “The Highway Rat” to Gail Carriger’s “Etiquette & Espionage.” There’s something for everyone.

Book Review: Graphic Novels | March 2013

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Check out the three stars, plus many other reviews, in March’s graphic-novel section.

Pick of the Day: Peanut

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HALLIDAY, Ayun. Peanut. illus. by Paul Hoppe. 216p. Random/Schwartz and Wade. Jan. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86590-9; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96590-6.
Gr 7 Up
–Worried about transferring to a new school, Sadie comes up with the idea of faking a peanut allergy. She thinks that pretending to have a life-threatening condition will draw attention to her and generate sympathy. Her predictions come true, and she makes several new friends and even attracts a boyfriend. But as time passes, Sadie finds it harder [...]

Book Review Graphic Novels: January 2013

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 HALLIDAY , Ayun. Peanut. illus. by Paul Hoppe. 216p. Random/Schwartz and Wade. Jan. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86590-9; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96590-6.

Gr 7 Up–Worried about transferring to a new school, Sadie comes up with the idea of faking a peanut allergy. She thinks that pretending to have a life-threatening condition will draw attention to her and generate sympathy. Her predictions come true, and she makes several new friends and even attracts a boyfriend. But as time passes, Sadie finds it harder [...]

Pick of the Day: The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel

The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel

DUPRAU, Jeanne. The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel. adapted by Dallas Middaugh. illus. by Niklas Asker. 144p. Random. 2012. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86821-4; PLB $21.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96821-1; pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86793-4; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-307-97910-0. LC 2011051619.
Gr 5-8
–Lina and Doon have spent their entire lives surrounded by darkness. Lina is an optimist and a dreamer who just knows there is something beyond the city of her birth. Doon is much more practical. He knows that if he can [...]

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List: November 2012

Colorful Dreamer (PARKER) ©2010 by Holly Berry

Colorful Dreamer (PARKER) ©2010 by Holly Berry

Preschool to Grade 4

BERK , Ari. Nightsong. illus. by Loren Long. S & S. p. 70.

COLE , Henry. Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad. illus. by author. Scholastic. Nov. 2012. p. 70.

DALY , Niki. The Herd Boy. illus. by author. Eerdmans. p. 71.

GORDON , Domenica More. Archie. illus. by author. Bloomsbury. Nov. 2012. p. 76. [...]

Book Review Graphic Novels: November 2012

DEUTSCH, Barry. How Mirka Met a Meteorite. Bk. 2. illus. by author. 128p. (Hereville Series). Abrams/Amulet. Nov. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0398-0.
Gr 4-7–Meteorite picks up right where How Mirka Got Her Sword (Abrams, 2010) leaves off. When Mirka, an 11-year-old Orthodox Jew, goes to retrieve her sword from the troll, he inadvertently summons a meteorite. Fortunately, she is able to prevent the destruction of Hereville with the help of the witch. Unfortunately, the witch turns the meteorite into [...]

Fall Graphic Novels Take a Walk on the Dark Side

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Vampires, zombies, robot policemen—this fall’s graphic novels don’t shy away from the dark side. You’ll find plenty of humor as well, to lighten things up.

Pick of the Day: A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return

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ABIRACHED, Zeina. A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return. tr. from French by Edward Gauvin. illus. by author. 192p. diags. maps. CIP. Lerner/Graphic Universe. Sept. 2012. PLB $29.27. ISBN 978-0-7613-8568-4; pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-57505-941-9; ebook $21.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0047-4. LC 201103891.
Gr 5 Up–Zeina and her younger brother are growing up in Beirut, where civil war is a part of daily life. To protect against strikes and sniper fire, the family’s living space has been reduced to the relative [...]

September 2012 Reviews: Stars List

Interior Image from, Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! (Marsalis)

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! (Marsalis)©2012 Illustration by Paul Rogers

Preschool to Grade 4

FERRIS, Jerri Chase. Noah Webster & His Words. illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2012. p. 129.

HOPKINSON, Deborah. Annie and Helen. illus. by Raul Colón. Random/Schwartz & Wade Bks. Sept. 2012. p. 130.

HATKE, Ben. Legends of Zita the Spacegirl. illus. by author. First Second. Sept. 2012. p. 171.

KLASSEN, Jon. This Is Not My Hat. [...]

September 2012 Reviews: Graphic Novels

ABIRACHED , Zeina. A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return. tr. from French by Edward Gauvin. illus. by author. 192p. diags. maps. CIP. Lerner/Graphic Universe. Sept. 2012. PLB $29.27. ISBN 978-0-7613-8568-4; pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-57505-941-9; ebook $21.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0047-4. LC 201103891.
Gr 5 Up–Zeina and her younger brother are growing up in Beirut, where civil war is a part of daily life. To protect against strikes and sniper fire, the family’s living space has [...]

Watch and Read-Spotlight on Media Tie-ins: Batman: Movie Reads for Teens

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Despite the awful tragedy that occurred in Aurora, CO on the movie’s opening night, fans continue to flock to theaters to see The Dark Knight Rises. Suggest these tantalizing titles to YA lovers of Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film trilogy.

Graphic Novels: July 2012

Elementary and Middle School

Ayuko. The Earl and the Fairy. Vol. 1 . illus. by author. 182p. Viz Media. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-1-4215-4168-6.
Gr 7 Up–This book has the look and feel of a true manga title, complete with two battling men and a flustered female who wishes she were stronger. Lydia is wide-eyed and innocent, described as having hair the color of “rust,” while Huxley and Edgar are smoldering, with long bangs and serious eyes. Edgar [...]

Vacation Time: Take a Break with Graphic Novels | On the Radar, Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild

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Your teens have spent the year slogging through European history, sociology, chemistry, and classic books all year. Before they completely forget what it’s like to read for fun, get a graphic novel in their hands. These titles range from strangely humorous to uncomfortably serious, and there’s a reader out there for every one of them, guaranteed.

Graphic Novels, May 2012

MCKISSACK, Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack. Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love. illus. by Randy DuBurke. 136p. CIP. Chronicle. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-0-8118-5749-9. LC 2007021419.
Gr 3 Up–Born into slavery in Tennessee, Love left home to seek work and eventually became an expert roper and marksman in the Old West, an acquaintance of legends such as Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid. This fictionalized biography is based on his memoir, published in 1907. Exciting [...]

Comic Relief: Thirty-nine graphic novels that kids can’t resist

By Brigid Alverson, Robin Brenner, Kate Dacey, Esther Keller, Scott Robins, Eva Volin, and Snow Wildsmith, 7/1/2011

Welcome to those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. And what better way for kids to while away the hours than with comics? Let’s face it, comics are flat-out fun, and with their fabulous stories, colorful characters, and wacky humor, even reluctant readers find them tough to resist.

In recent years, comics have become bigger than ever. Now, well-established publishers [...]

Good & Plenty: Graphic Novels for K-4

It used to be hard to find good graphic novels for the K–4 crowd. My, how times have changed.

Just a couple of years ago, it was tough to find good graphic novels for the K–4 crowd. Sure, there were some standout selections, such as Andy Runton’s Owly, Jimmy Gownley’s Amelia Rules!, and Jennifer and Matt Holm’s Babymouse, but they were lonely exceptions in a barren landscape. Things quickly changed when publishers realized that the same set that reads (and buys) [...]

Graphic Novel Reviews | March 2009 | School Library Journal

Elementary and Middle School

AOKI, Ume. Sunshine Sketch. vol. 2. tr. from Japanese by Satsuki Yamashita. 116p. (Sunshine Sketch). Yen Pr. 2008. pap. $10.99. ISBN 978-0-7595-2902-1. LC number unavailable.

Gr 7–10—This quaint, softhearted tale presents small snapshots of four students attending a high school for the arts in Japan and of their lives as seemingly simple events strengthen their friendship. Hiro, Miyako, Yuno, and Sae go on a field trip to the zoo, sketching animals for a class project. The book [...]