March 29, 2017

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Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality by Alison Marie Behnke | SLJ Review

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BEHNKE, Alison Marie. Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality. 160p. bibliog. ebook available. further reading. glossary. illus. notes. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Apr. 2017. Tr $35.99. ISBN 9781512402681.

Gr 6 Up –Behnke provides an in-depth analysis of the inequalities that people of color experience at different levels of U.S. society, from housing and education to criminal justice and poverty. The author foregrounds her examination with relevant historical context, extensive data from studies, and testimonials to draw evidence-based conclusions while still recognizing […]

Labdisc: A Data-logging STEM Device with Maker Potential |SLJ Review

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Billed as an all-in-one STEM lab, the handheld Labdisc Gensci by Globisens is a useful tool to measure and record data for a wide range of experiments.

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Review: ‘Little Archie and His Pals’ One-Shot

Little Archie and His Pals (One Shot) By Art Baltazar and Franco Archie Comics The creative team of Art Baltazar and Franco have a lot of fun playing in other people’s sandboxes, turning out little-kid versions of everyone from the Superman to Hellboy. Now they are turning their hand to Archie comics with a series […]

Audio Book Xpress Review | April 2017

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A historical romance that takes place in 14th-century England.

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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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A story about a likable girl who’s finally old enough to ride a horse; a Dutch classic children’s book featuring a boy named Pluck; and Super Turbo fights off a hoard of flying ninja squirrels

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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Margaret Atwood’s part man, part cat, part bird superhero returns; also, a little something to interest die-hard fans of the Beatles.

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Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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A fictional account of real-life Civil War spy, Mary Bowser; a brand-new series that takes place in the Star Wars universe; and the second installment of Kate O’Hearn’s Norse mythology-inspired series

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YA Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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The second installment of Michael Grant’s “Front Lines” series, a debut about a 17-year-old who can’t feel pain, and the conclusion to Kevin Waltman’s “D-Bow’s High School Hoops” series.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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A biography of Japanese American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu; a delightful introduction to the Jewish holiday Purim starring a quirky chicken; and the true story of Kunkush the cat, who reunited with his Iraqi family after getting lost while fleeing the country.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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An artful alphabet book; a little girl imagines she has a dinosaur as a pet (don’t we all?); and a Spanish-language book about a horse who is mistaken for a unicorn by the other farm animals.

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Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton | SLJ Review

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TRAFTON, Jennifer. Henry and the Chalk Dragon. illus. by Benjamin Schipper. 240p. Rabbit Room. Apr. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780986381881.

Gr 3-6 –Henry Penwhistle has a very active imagination. His mother has drawn on his bedroom door with chalkboard paint, and Henry decorates his door with a variety of changing pictures, including a dragon, a dinosaur, and a rhino. One morning, as the boy prepares for school, the dragon springs to life, hitching a ride in Henry’s lunch box. […]

Book Review: Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian

Publisher’s description Taking a hard look at the societal constraints on teenage girls, Morris Award nominee Carrie Mesrobian tells one girl’s story with bracing honesty and refreshing authenticity. By her senior year of high school, Rianne has exhausted all the fun there is to have in small-town Wereford, Minnesota. Volleyball season is winding down, the […]

Treasures of the Earth | SLJ DVD Review

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Treasures of the Earth. (NOVA). 3 hrs. Dist. by PBS. 2017. $24.99. ISBN 9781627898546.

Gr 7 Up –This program contains three hour-long episodes (“Power,” “Gems,” and “Metals”), which examine the earth’s geological resources. Each focuses on the natural forces that have created them and the human manufacturing processes that transform them into products. For example, viewers learn about different metals used in jewelry, warfare, and modern electrical wiring. Through computer animation, the program details atomic composition, production techniques, and […]

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson | SLJ Audio Review

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STELSON, Caren. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story. 3 CDs. 3:27 hrs. Dreamscape. Dec. 2016. $29.99. ISBN 9781520063034. digital download.

Gr 5-8 –Sachiko Yasui was six years old when an atomic bomb was dropped on her hometown of Nagasaki: this is the account of her survival. She experienced the death of family members, homelessness, and ill health, but the unrelenting encouragement of her father gave her the strength and willpower to face the future. He had told her always […]

Book Review: Pyromantic by Lish McBride

The ARC for this sequel to her 2014 novel Firebug hit my doorstep extremely early, but I still dropped everything to read it – and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this entry into McBride’s universe every bit as much as her previous novels. Rejoining her characters felt like coming home. For some context, read […]

Review of the Day: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Wolf in the Snow By Matthew Cordell Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1250076366 Ages 4-7 On shelves now It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why it is that I love picture books as much as I do. Putting aside the usual reasons (brain growth, increasing a child’s capacity for wonder, parent/child bonding, […]

Grendel’s Guide to Love and War by A.E. Kaplan | SLJ Review

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KAPLAN, A.E. Grendel’s Guide to Love and War. 320p. ebook available. Knopf. Apr. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399555541.

Gr 8 Up –When the Rothgars move in next door, high schooler Tom Grendel’s summer takes a turn into uncharted territory that proves often terrible, definitely weird, and occasionally wonderful beyond words. He has struggled with the death of his mother and his father’s post-traumatic stress disorder for years; the appearance of the Rothgars, anti–manic pixie dream girl Willow, and inveterate […]

Review: ‘Fire Force’ Vol. 1

Fire Force, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Atsushi Okubo Kodansha Comics; $10.99 How exactly does one follow a super-successful manga series like Soul Eater? Well, with a spin-off series, like Soul Eater Not. And, once you’ve finished with the spin-off series, how do you follow that? Well, if you are Soul Eater creator Atsushi Okuba, you would […]

Book Review: Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank

Publisher’s description Charlie isn’t looking forward to sixth grade. If he starts sixth grade, chances are he’ll finish it. And when he does, he’ll grow older than the brother he recently lost. Armstrong isn’t looking forward to sixth grade, either. When his parents sign him up for Opportunity Busing to a white school in the […]

Books on Film: Watch the Captain Underpants Trailer

The Captain is coming to theaters on June 2nd and here’s the first trailer for the film. Seems like the spirit of the books is intact. Or, if you prefer, you can watch someone watching the trailer. Youtube is a strange place.