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February 7, 2016

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Great Science Fiction for Middle Graders | Focus On

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Middle grade sci-fi titles that start with reality-based ideas and then blast off.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

YA Genre-Blending | Focus On

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Examining YA novels that blend and cross genres and/or formats.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Going Viral: Books About Infectious Diseases | Focus On

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Humankind has always been plagued by infectious disease. It is likely that Ramses V died of smallpox in 1157 BCE in Egypt. In 160 CE, China’s Han dynasty was devastated by plague. Who hasn’t heard of 14th-century Europe’s Black Death, an epidemic responsible for the demise of millions? Outbreaks of various diseases have occurred throughout history—no era, culture, or continent has been spared. But the study of infectious disease is not just for history buffs—cases of infection have recently […]

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Alice in Wonderland: A Very Important Date | Focus On

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The 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale warrants a collection of all things Alice to delight and inform readers of all ages.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Real World Readers: Attention-Grabbing Titles | Focus On

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Loaded with surefire kid appeal, these fiction and nonfiction series are meant to entertain, reinforce skills, and, more importantly, create a lifelong love of reading.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Easy as ABC, 123 | Focus on

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Books that introduce the basic lessons of a child’s experince—the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Beasts of Lore: Dragons | Focus On

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An assortment of dragon tales for readers of all ages.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Redefining Normal: Books About Teens with Special Needs| Focus On

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A collection of young adult titles that address physical, emotional, and psychological health and disabilities.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Humans, Machines, and In-betweens | Focus On

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A assortment of serious and fanciful books about robotics technology, how it has developed, and where it is going. Meant to amuse and inspire future scientists and engineers, these selections inform readers that the possibilities are limitless and that these cutting-edge creations are here to stay .

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Game Changers: Women Making History | Focus On

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A compilation of books about women who made a difference in their chosen fields and in the world in general. The highlighted individuals include standard-bearers and lesser-known figures, all of whom showed exemplary strength, determination, and all willingness to make a stand.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Heroic Reads: Supporting Collaborative Summer Library Programs | Focus On

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A sensational collection of titles to use with the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme “Every Hero Has a Story.” This dynamic roundup includes selections for early elementary, middle grade, and young adult readers alike.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Dance: On Your Toes | Focus On

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A colorful assortment of books about dance and movement.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Who Am I? Why Am I Here?: Considering the Big Questions| Focus On

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A selection of fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens that explore faith, spirituality, and existential concerns.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Dire Forecasts | Focus On Extreme Weather

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These titles look at the science behind the development of storms and other weather phenomena, the economic and human impacts, and the abilities to predict and mitigate future occurences.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Heroes and Monsters: Tales from Around the Globe | Focus On World Myths

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A collection of stories that have come down through the ages and includes myths, legends, and folktales, all with a heroic quest at the core.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Haunting Reads: A Roundup of Scary Selections | Focus On

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This roundup of eerie titles, just in time for Halloween, is guaranteed to keep readers up at night, turning pages as their hearts pound. These dark and creepy tales offer vicarious chills to be enjoyed in the warmth and comfort of one’s own room.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Buried Treasure: Real and Imagined Adventure Titles | Focus On

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The following is a treasure trove of titles that are bound to capture the attention and spark the imaginations of readers. They are chock-full of action, adventure, and derring-do, guaranteed to keep the pages turning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Grunt, Quack, Oink | Focus On Animal Books

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From preschool to middle grade, these nonfiction titles explore the animal kingdom and all its wild ways.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Eat, Play, Learn: Food-Related Materials to Sink Your Teeth Into | Focus On

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With increasing alarm over childhood obesity, there’s a need for strong food and cooking titles. These materials not only have rich tie-ins to history, math, culture and science, they also offer sweet—and savory—rewards.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Bridging the Age Divide: Intergenerational Relationships | Focus On

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These are books that bring together elders and youngsters, relatives and friends, as they explore the various roles of caregivers, mentors, and companions. The intergenerational relationships that are depicted can be richly rewarding, poignant, and sometimes wildly funny.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.