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October 23, 2014

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An unlikely friendship blossoms in “If I Ever Get Out of Here”|Audio Pick

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Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here. 9 CDs. 10:20 hrs. Listening Library. 2014. $55. ISBN 9780553395464. digital download.
Gr 9 Up–The year is 1975. Lewis Blake, a slightly built teen from the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, is enrolled in advanced classes at high school. Lewis suffers racist stereotyping and bullying from students and some teachers. When he meets George Haddonfield, the boys find common interests in music, especially the Beatles, but Lewis is wary of befriending someone off the [...]

A Dose of Family Drama | Adult Books 4 Teens

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With the holiday season approaching, we present a handful of picks that give a new spin to the definition of family and offer plenty of food for thought. The full versions of these reviews originally appeared on the Adult Books 4 Teens blog.

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Ghostly Guinea Pigs, Time-Travelers, and Seelie Wars | Fiction Series Update

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These latest updates in ongoing series, these books encompass a wide variety of topics: a dark and haunting title about Vietnam from Chris Lynch, more drama from the world of the Seelies from Jane Yolen and son Adam Stemple, and time-traveling adventures with Mira.

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Light Up the Shelves for Christmas and Hanukkah! | December Holidays

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Our team of reviewers in Los Angeles selected and evaluated 42 titles to help librarians make informed purchase decisions. Picture books, poetry, song adaptations, nonfiction, and short stories are among the offerings.

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A Little Lumpen Novelita from Roberto Bolano

A Little Lumpen Novelita from Roberto Bolano

One of the greatest Latin American writers of the turn of the 21st Century, Roberto Bolaño has unfortunately only been known to English readers since his premature death, at the age of 50, to liver disease. His two most famous works here in America, 2666 and The Savage Detectives, are massive, complex novels filled with [...]

The Civil Rights Movement & More | Best of Apps & Enhanced Books

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Two apps on the Civil Right Movement and a pirate story headline our best-of-the-month column.

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Take a Wild Ride Through the History of Children’s Lit, Revamp Your Storytelling Skills, and Brush Up on Collection Development | Professional Reading

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Check out Betsy Byrd’s much-anticipated Wild Things, a look at children’s literature through the ages. Hoping to enhance your storytimes? Try Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Kathy Fling Klatt’s STEP into Storytime.

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A Virtuoso Performance: ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons’ | Touch and Go

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A new app from Touch Press is always cause for celebration, and in ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,’ the developer, with the help of Deutsche Grammophon, has engineered a production that mirrors the groundbreaking work accomplished in its productions of ‘Beethoven’s 9th’ and the ‘Liszt Sonata in B Minor.’

Robot Chicken Invasions, Cartwheels Galore, and a Victorian Murder Mystery | Fiction Grades 5-8

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This month’s picks for the middle school set will evoke a range of emotions. Whether you’re looking for the achingly poignant (Katherine Rundell’s Cartwheeling Through Thunderstorms, the tale of a spirited tomboy who finds herself orphaned) or the charmingly quirky (Alex McCall’s Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens or Julie Berry’s The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place), there’s something to please readers of all stripes.

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Late Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month’s reviews include a vibrant assortment of cleverly engaging stories with gorgeous artwork. Look for books by award-winning illustrators Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers, Marie-Louise Gay, and Jim LaMarche, as well as some relative newcomers on the scene, such as Tom Clohosy Cole, Chris Haughton, August Hall, Steve Pilcher, and Ayano Imai.

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Breathing New Life into Old Tales | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

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There’s plenty to engage teen readers this month, from a creative retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s spine-tingling, gothic tale “The Fall of the House of Usher,” told from the perspective of Madeline Usher, as well as Audacity, Melanie Crowder’s look at Clara Lemlich, a 19th-century activist for workers rights.

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Mythology Percy Jackson–Style, a Side-splitting Memoir, and Ghouls Galore | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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The intrepid Percy Jackson tries his hand at retelling Greek mythology, with hilarious results, while Paralympic ski racer Josh Sundquist pens a laugh-out-loud memoir of his dating life. And for those looking for some spooky selections, check out Kelly Milner’s Ghostly Evidence.

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Magic and Mayhem: New Tales of the Supernatural | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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Looking for some creepy reads to fluff up the Halloween reading display? These titles with a supernatural bent will pull in your teen readers with great covers, and terrific stories.

Asian Identity

Asian Identity

The Year She Left Us concerns the search for belonging and identity, both personal and cultural. Ari was abandoned in China as a baby, taken to an orphanage, then adopted by a Chinese American woman, Charlie, who raises her in San Francisco with the help of her sister and mother. Now Ari is 18 and [...]

Teens Review A.S. King’s Latest; Books with Physics, Ghosts, and Hollywood

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From feminism to physics, horror to Hollywood, there’s no lack of variety in YA publishing these days.

Parenting 101 | SLJ Spotlight

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Three great titles on the diverse aspects of parenting.

Spine-Tingling Stories for Older Readers

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Spellbinding, shocking, and satisfyingly spooky, creepy tales will rivet readers and raise goose bumps galore. They can also be shared in secondary classrooms to introduce and explore basic short story elements, discuss narrative voice, and analyze point of view.

The Stuff of Stars | New Picture Book Biographies

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New picture book bios by Barb Rosenstock, G. Neri, Jen Bryant, and others, lead this fall’s star studded lists.

Banned Books | Sparking Discussions with Students

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Encourage children and teens to read a banned or challenged book isplay of titles by Dav Pilkey, Louise Fitzhugh, Pura Belpré, Rainbow Rowell and other popular authors deemed “inappropriate” at one time or another.

Stolen Kisses | Romances to Tempt Teen Readers

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Conjuring up illicit but intoxicating chance meeting and burning passion, forbidden love is a tried-and-true trope that teens gravitate toward.