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.
Artistic Bonds, Gender-Bending Memoirs, and a New Look at Ernest Shackleton | Nonfiction Grades 5 and Up
This month’s YA offerings will take teens through the darkness to the light, from Dana Walrath’s Like Water on Stone, a tale of the Armenian genocide, to Meg Wolitzer’s engrossing Belzhar, a story of emotionally fragile teens coming to turns with personal losses and griefs.
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.
This month, check out a history of comics, a look at catastrophes and tragic events, and an examination of war crimes and atrocities.
Alphabet Books Galore, All About Parrots, and Inside a Roller Derby Race | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4
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.
First published in 1993, Lois Lowry’s The Giver makes its long-awaited big screen debut on August 15. Recommend these recent YA releases to fans of the unforgettable dystopian novel.
Take a look at some old, familiar friends from continuing fiction series: Babymouse celebrates a birthday, while Big Nate runs for class president, and Lunch Lady has a new nemesis.
Explore Some ‘Best-Loved’ Nursery Rhymes, Navigate Girl World with a Mother-Daughter Book-Club, and More | Professional Reading
Katherine Goiver’s Half for You and Half for Me gives readers the inside scoop behind nursery rhymes we all know and love, while Lori Day and Charlotte Kugler’s Her Next Chapter provides the skinny on how mother-daughter book clubs offer a guide to helping girls through those difficult teen years in this month’s crop of Professional Reading titles.
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.
Is there anything better than a trilogy that improves with each installment? That’s saying a lot when the first book wins an Alex Award (The Magicians) and the second (The Magician King) makes our AB4T Best of the Year list. Lev Grossman wraps up the trilogy with The Magician’s Land (releasing tomorrow) in a singularly satisfying manner. [...]
Check out a guinea pig named Snapper, enough horror to keep the lights on at night, and a nonfiction title from Paul Fleischman on environmental issues which is equally frightening, all from our Young Adult Advisory Councils’ teen reviewers at the Johnson County Library.
Aliens visit from outer space, the real world intrudes in an online game, a city boy goes to the country—many of this season’s teen graphic novels feature strangers in strange lands. Whether you prefer fact or fantasy, there’s plenty of good reading here to curl up with as the days grow shorter.
What do a contemporary Irish poet, a 15th-century Scots poet, and a storyteller that lived more than 2000 years ago have in common? Find out in this review of the latest iPad offering from Touch Press.
Valentine Road belongs in all school and public libraries as a cautionary tale about homophobia, intolerance, and the easy availability of guns.
Both of today’s novels are about far more than romance, but love is certainly one element they share. Another is a strong cultural setting. Jean Kwok is known by many librarians and teen readers as the author of Girl in Translation, which earned her an Alex Award. Mambo in Chinatown features a slightly older protagonist, [...]
Despite their obvious differences–fifth book in an ongoing series; first book in a projected series, based on a TV show and movie; standalone by a master of horror–the three books under review today share something more in common than their detective fiction trappings. All three should take little to no prodding to fly off your [...]
James Gulliver Hancock’s new nonfiction title offers a charming and whimsical look at well-known figures through drawing.
For such a big fan of fairy tales, you would think that I’d have a healthy appreciation for one of the 20th Century’s preeminent fairy tale creations, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. But in truth, I’ve never much cared for the little imp, even now that my 4-year-old son is obsessed with him and has me [...]