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August 30, 2014

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Novels in Verse, Literary Street Lit, and High-Interest Nonfiction | What’s Hot in YA

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Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down about a black teen who is shot by a white man, is especially timely with recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and just the right title for young adults grappling with streaming headlines. And, a new book from the queen of verse novels, Ellen Hopkins, will entice fans of the format. The following fiction and nonfiction titles for teens will be perfect for late-summer reading and back-to-school shelf-browsing.

Artistic Bonds, Gender-Bending Memoirs, and a New Look at Ernest Shackleton | Nonfiction Grades 5 and Up

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Check out a gorgeous new volume on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two memoirs that tackle gender, and a graphic novel on Arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.

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Top Picks in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Media| Stars List, August 2014

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Paul Fleischman opens our eyes to the environmental crisis, young Henri Matisse ponders The Iridescence of Birds, and Philip C. Stead takes to the skies in the August stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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Alphabet Books Galore, All About Parrots, and Inside a Roller Derby Race | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month, we bring you a host of fun and creative alphabet books (from pirates to animal tracks and more!), everything you ever wanted to know about parrots, and the truth behind the fast-paced world of roller derby.

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Author Bios, Animal Books, and Career Advice | Nonfiction Series Update

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Check out the latest in nonfiction series, including continuations of previously reviewed series as well as some new offerings that librarians won’t want to miss.

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Sketching Celebrities | SLJ Spotlight

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James Gulliver Hancock’s new nonfiction title offers a charming and whimsical look at well-known figures through drawing.

Inside the Worlds of Edward Hopper, Ashley Bryan, and Melba Liston | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month, nonfiction titles introduce readers to whole new worlds. Learn about painter Edward Hopper, jazz prodigy Melba Liston, and puppeteer and poet Ashley Bryan.

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Inside Human Trafficking, a Natural Mystery, and a Classic Author’s Memoir | Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction

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Check out the latest nonfiction for older readers: Sandra Markle solves the mystery of the little brown bats, Alison Marie Behnke profiles human trafficking, and author Katherine Paterson provides an intimate portrait of her life.

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Tenacious Teens | SLJ Spotlight

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Four new titles about formidable teens making a change.

The Mysteries of History | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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Check out the truth behind the Romanovs with Candace Fleming’s latest, and explore some of the most “amazing” scientific discoveries with Mike Goldsmith.

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A Walk on the Wild Side, with Big Cats, Odd-Looking Creatures, and More | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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The latest nonfiction titles for young readers feature a bevy of strange and unusual creatures: Steve Jenkins profiles the 25 most bizarre looking creatures you’ll meet, while Jim Arnosky explores the world of ferocious felines.

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Exemplary New Books, Audio, & DVDs | Stars List, June 2014

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From a dystopian adventure set in Hawaii to a surreal, graphic-novel-inspired picture book to a deep exploration of one history’s most infamous families, the June Stars offer excellent examples of the best in fiction, nonfiction, and media for children and teens.

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Remembering D-Day

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Seventy years ago, on June 6, 1944, Allied troops launched an audacious assault on a 50-mile expanse of heavily defended coastline in Normandy, France. These resources on the historic event incorporate dynamic writing, stunning visuals, and plentiful primary source materials.

Curveballs, Cooking, and a ‘Cosmobiography’ | Nonfiction Notes, May 2014

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This month’s selections include titles that will satisfy readers with passions from music to sports and history to cooking. They’ll also make great titles to add to your summer reading lists.

Math Made Fun and Easy, the Poetry of Food Trucks, and the Fight for Civil Rights | Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction Reviews

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These powerful and poignant works offer a vivid and evocative look at desegregation, a fun and simplified examination of math concepts, and a collection of informative, hilarious—and tasteful—poems on food trucks.

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Gila Monsters, Sea Turtles, and Cheetahs | Grades 5 and Up Nonfiction Review

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These gorgeously designed titles tackle animals, a well-known family of painters, and more.

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Top Picks in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Media| Stars List, May 2014

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Tracy Holczer’s tender exploration of grief, Matthias Picard’s eye-popping 3-D underwater adventure, and Stephanie Kuehn’s unputdownable thriller top our list of stellar titles reviewed in the May issue.

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New Nonfiction Explores the World of Insects | SLJ Spotlight

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Three titles shed light on the brilliance of bugs.

Fractals, Dinosaurs, and Medical Mysteries | Nonfiction Notes, April 2014

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It’s Spring publishing season and we’ve highlighted a few of the exciting new titles that are being offered this season, ranging from a lucid explanation of a math concept for young readers to a collection of oral histories of individuals who went into hiding in the Netherlands during World War II. You’ll also find mysteries—medical and mythological, and a few art books.

New books on a baseball legend, whimsical poetry | Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction Reviews

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The latest nonfiction titles include an illustrated biography of Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, a story about First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt hosting a hot dog party, and a poignant tale of immigration.

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