December 6, 2016

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Review: ‘Super Powers #1′

Super Powers #1 Writers: Art Baltazar and Franco Artist: Baltazar DC Comics; $2.99 Rated E For Everyone The Tiny Titans creative team of writer/artist Art Baltazar and co-writer Franco have reteamed for another all-ages miniseries featuring DC’s superheroes, this one entitled Super Powers and featuring the Justice League characters. The art style and the specific […]

Have You Seen My Trumpet? by Michaël Escoffier | SLJ Review

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ESCOFFIER, Michaël. Have You Seen My Trumpet? illus. by Kris Di Giacomo. 48p. Enchanted Lion. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781592702015.

K-Gr 2 –In this third story in a “wordplay trilogy,” the charming team of Escoffier and Di Giacomo (Take Away the A and Where’s the Baboon?) transport readers to a brilliant sunny day at the beach. A series of questions with clues hidden within both text and illustrations create a sense of playful interaction for young and older […]

Teens Review Neal Shusterman’s “Scythe,” New Nonfiction, and More

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Check out what the members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group think about Neal Shusterman’s Scythe, Cassandra Clare’s latest fantasy, and Catherine Reef’s Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse, among other titles.

Book Review: Gap Life by John Coy

Publisher’s description Cray got into the same college his father attended and is expected to go. And to go pre-med. And to get started right away. His parents are paying the tuition. It should be an easy decision. But it’s not. All Cray knows is that what’s expected of him doesn’t feel right. The pressure […]

Top 10 Graphic Novels | 2016

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The “Good Comics for Kids” bloggers present their picks for the best graphic novels published in 2016.

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Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2016

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Nineteen excellent adult books perfect for teen readers, selected by the Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers.

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YA Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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A handful of novels in a variety of genres and with an intriguing array of settings for voracious YA readers.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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Ten picture book selections illustrated in a variety of styles and formats to read-aloud, sing, or share one-on-one.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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These 10 lively and engaging informational books include appealing designs and feature lots of animals, some LEGOs, and a few laughs along the way.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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A manga selection about volleyball, perseverance, and sportsmanship.

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Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray | SLJ Review

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MURRAY, Martine. Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars. 192p. Knopf. Jan. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399550409.

Gr 3-6 –In this Australian import, 10-year-old Molly just wants to be normal. She is jealous of her best friend Ellen’s organized parents, clean house, and prepackaged muesli bars from the grocery store. Molly, on the other hand, has a space cadet mother who wanders off into the woods to gather herbs, makes potions, fills the house with odd trinkets, and […]

SLJ’s November Pop Picks

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This month’s Popular Picks features favorite authors such as Emma Chichester Clark, Deb Lucke, and Kimberly and James Dean.

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Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah | SLJ Audio Review

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SHEVAH, Emma. Dara Palmer’s Major Drama. 5 CDs. 6 hrs. Recorded Books. Jul. 2016. $51.75. ISBN 9781501921575. digital download.

Gr 3-6 –Dara knows she was meant to be a star. She watches TV all the time to study for roles, practices facial expressions in the mirror, and daydreams constantly about her future in Hollywood. When her middle school prepares to put on The Sound of Music, Dara knows she’ll be Maria. Instead, she is in the chorus. As an […]

Review of the Day: Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White: A Graphic Novel By Matt Phelan Candlewick Press $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-7233-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I’d have said it couldn’t be done. The Snow White fairytale has been told and retold and overdone to death until there’s not much left to do but forget about it entirely. Not that every graphic novel […]

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera | SLJ Review

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SILVERA, Adam. History Is All You Left Me. 320p. ebook available. Soho Teen. Jan. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781616956929. POP

Gr 10 Up –No one understands what Griffin is going through after Theo, his ex and the love of his life, dies. No one, perhaps, except Theo’s new boyfriend, Jackson. In a narrative that alternates between past and present, Silvera offers a gem of a story about first love and great loss. Griffin’s voice is strong and affecting, and […]

Black Contributions Matter | SLJ Spotlight

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These titles are an evocation of the depth and richness of black artistry and creativity.

Every Dog Has His Day | SLJ Spotlight

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Whether tiny and intrepid or large and stately, our canine companions are almost always willing helpmates and loyal friends. Even those with exuberant personalities and vocal proclivities add excitement, energy, and elements of fun to otherwise humdrum households. Here are some winning pup-related picture books from this issue.

Suspenseful Settings | SLJ Spotlight

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Boarding schools have been the backdrop for some of the most popular recent youth titles. It’s no wonder that novelists find these ready-made worlds so appealing, with their contained settings, off-site parents, and rich traditions. These offerings make the most of evocative boarding school settings in stories woven with mystery and suspense.

Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm | SLJ Review

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BANG, Molly & Penny Chisholm. Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth. illus. by Molly Bang. 48p. (The Sunlight Series). Scholastic/Blue Sky. Jan. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780545805414.

Gr 1-3 –A celebration of the grandeur and power of the sun, a source of energy that provides humans with warmth and light. Told from the point of view of the sun (“I lift water from the salty sea by warming the ocean’s surface waters.”), this selection […]

We Are Family | SLJ Spotlight

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Is there anything more complicated than family? For the protagonists of these recent novels, families are both the source of strife and foundations of strength.