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April 17, 2014

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Beach Reads, Royal Intrigue, and Genre-Bending Tales | What’s Hot in YA

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The following titles–from Justin Somper’s first foray into YA lit and Danielle Paige’s wicked Dorothy Must Die to Sally Green’s witchy Half Bad and E. Lockhart’s much-anticipated We Were Liars– offer teens a plethora of attention-worthy narratives.

Exciting New Titles by Melissa De La Cruz, Pete Hautman, and Marissa Meyer | Grades 9 & Up Fiction Reviews

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From Jenny Han’s poignant novel about true love and sisterhood to Alan Lawrence Sitomer’s look into the gritty world of cage fighting, the following books for high school readers will intrigue teens and keep them coming for more.

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Pick of the Day: Going Over

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Kephart immerses readers in 1980s Berlin, a time period that does not receive a lot of attention in most history textbooks.

Book Review: Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction

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From women’s political history to an in-depth look at John Brown’s war against slavery, the nonfiction offerings for older students reviewed in our March issue will inspire critical thinking.

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Book Review: Grades 9 & Up Fiction

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Several YA novels in our March issue capitalize on the Downton Abbey fandom, including Bethany Hagen’s postapocalyptic Landry Park, Katherine Longshore’s drama-filled Manor of Secrets, and Leila Rasheed’s lush Diamonds & Deceit.

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars List

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A modern and magical retelling of The Snow Queen, a train adventure packed with nonstop action, and a delightful look at the life and inspirations of one of the most well-respected picture book artists round out a rich selection of titles in our March Stars.

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Pick of the Day: Nearly Gone

Nearly Gone

Eloquently written and packed full of suspense, debut author Cosimano strikes gold with this page-turning thriller.

Pick of the Day: Grasshopper Jungle

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Award-winning author Andrew Smith has cleverly used a B movie science fiction plot to explore the intricacies of teenage sexuality, love, and friendship.

Tough Stuff: Books to Get Kids Talking About Life Issues| Focus On

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A compilation of recommended titles that work well as vehicles for book discussion. The books cover a variety of tough life issues and offer even reluctant readers a chance to discuss characters and their motivations, make connections to plot and setting, and craft some sophisticated arguments and analysis

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Pick of the Day: A Mad, Wicked Folly

A Mad, Wicked Folly

In 1870, Queen Victoria made the astonishing declaration that women’s rights were a “mad, wicked folly.” This statement was the inspiration for Waller’s impeccable debut novel.

From Swashbuckling Space Opera to Thrilling Murder Mystery | What’s Hot in YA

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Teens looking for a hilarious, but poignant twist to the post-apocalyptic genre will gravitate toward Andrew Smith’s boundary-pushing Grasshopper Jungle. For sci-fi fans, Mindee Arnett’s Avalon captures the complexity of family dynamics set among the stars. And debut authors Jason Reynolds and Elle Cosimano have each produced a tour de force that is unputdownable.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List

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What do six-foot tall (and rather rowdy) praying mantises, an aspiring nature photographer, and an artist with synesthesia have in common? They can all be found within our fabulous February Stars list.

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Book Review: Grades 9 & Up Fiction | February 2014

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David Almond, Cecil Castellucci, Mark Frost, Chris Lynch, and Veronica Rossi have books reviewed in our Grade 9 & Up section this February.

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Pick of the Day: Avalon

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Arnett, Mindee. Avalon. 432p. ebook available. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Feb. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062235596. LC 2013005155.
Gr 9 Up–Jeth’s parents were the preeminent scientists of the Confederation until their final mission ended in tragedy and they were suddenly charged with treason and executed. Since then, Jeth has been in the forced employ of an interstellar crime lord, aboard the Avalon. It is a ship specially designed by Jeth’s parents to navigate and explore the Belgrave, a sector of space that gives [...]

Pick of the Day: The Scar Boys

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If Brent Runyon’s The Burn Journals (Knopf, 2004) and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Pocket Books, 1999) could be melded into a single work, it might be this one.

Pick of the Day: Perfect Ruin

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Fans of speculative fiction will enjoy DeStefano’s concoction of tension and love with a cliff-hanger ending.

Pick of the Day: And We Stay

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Budding poets may particularly appreciate the main character’s story, but there is certainly something for anyone looking for a good read with a strong, believable female lead

Book/Multimedia Starred Reviews

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From a comically cosmic space adventure to a rip-roaring tall tale to several in-depth looks at the lives of fascinating American figures, the January Stars offer opportunities for readers to engage in joyful escapism or intensive close reading.

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Book Review: Grades 9 & Up Fiction

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Laurie Halse Anderson’s eagerly anticipated new novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory tops our Grades 9 & Up Fiction reviews and earns a Star. New titles by popular YA authors Francesca Lia Block, Marie Lu, and Rick Yansy also appear in our January issue.

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Pick of the Day: The Kingdom of Little Wounds

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Cokal eloquently presents a grisly and visceral world that she aptly refers to as a “syphilitic fairy tale.”