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Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk | SLJ Review

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Wolk, Lauren. Wolf Hollow. 304p. Dutton. Apr. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781101994825. 

Gr 5-8 –Eleven-year-old Annabelle lives in a rural Pennsylvania community in 1943. The continued fighting of World War II haunts everyone, but life is mostly peaceful—until Betty Glengarry’s arrival. Betty is cruel and threatening and thrives on inflicting pain. At first, Annabelle is slightly comforted to know that Toby is watching out for her. Toby is a local vagabond, a World War I veteran […]

Review of the Day: One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree By Daniel Bernstrom Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-235485-3 Ages 3-6 On shelves May 3rd Like any children’s librarian, I like to assess each picture book that crosses by my eyeballs for readaloud potential. While every picture book (even […]

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson | SLJ Audio Review

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson

Nelson, Marilyn. American Ace. 2 CDs. 1:22 hrs. Listening Library. 2016. $20. ISBN 9780147525772. digital download.  

Gr 4-6 –When Connor’s grandmother dies, she leaves his father a ring, a pair of pilot’s wings, and a letter explaining that the man who raised Connor’s father was not his biological father. With his father paralyzed by depression, Connor takes the two mementoes and the few details available to him and traces his new lineage to the U.S. Air Force, […]

Review: Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee

Tell Me a Tattoo Story By Alison McGhee Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Chronicle Books ISBN: 9781452119373 $16.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I’m going to begin this review with an admission I never thought I would make at the beginning of a picture book review: I don’t have […]

Book Review: Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

Publisher’s description A beautiful and offbeat novel from Mariko Tamaki, co-creator of the bestselling Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book This One Summer. Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don’t even know what irony is. It would all be […]

Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth’s Most Dominant Species by Jeff Campbell | SLJ Review

Last of the Giants by Jeff Campbell

Campbell, Jeff. Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth’s Most Dominant Species. 288p. bibliog. websites. Zest. 2016. pap. $13.99. ISBN 9781942186045. 

Gr 9 Up –The extinctions of giant (both in size and number) species at the mercy of nature and humanity turn out to be a fascinating and jarring lesson for our present. Chronicling the fates of aurochs, moa, passenger pigeons, and sea cows, alongside the unresolved destinies of today’s lions and tigers, […]

Teens Review Meredith Russo’s “If I Was Your Girl” and More

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From the latest summer romances to the much-anticipated If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, SLJ’s resident teen reviewers tackle teen angst, first love, and gender issues in their latest reviews.

Post It Note Reviews, by The Teen

It’s time for another installment of The Teen’s Post It Note Reviews. This post is Penguin heavy because I took her to a Penguin Teen panel and she decided she really liked the sound of the books after hearing the authors talk about them so she read a couple. It also includes one ARC of […]

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins | SLJ Review

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Perkins, Stephanie, ed. Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories. 400p. ebook available. St. Martin’s/Griffin. May 2016. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250079121. 

Gr 10 Up –In this latest anthology and follow-up to 2014’s My True Love Gave to Me, Perkins returns with an enthralling collection of steamy summer love stories penned by an all-star cast, which includes Lev Grossman, Veronica Roth, and Libba Bray. The stories are by turns bittersweet, unexpected, and unapologetically hopeful, and themes […]

Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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A selection of recently reviewed middle grade titles.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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Newly reviewed graphic novels—including a star for the second Squirrel Girl installment.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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A selection of newly reviewed nonfiction.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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New picture books reviewed.

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YA Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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Brand new YA titles reviewed, including a star review for Jaclyn Moriarty’s latest addition to the “Color of Madeleine” series.

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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | May 2016

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Two chapter books, recently reviewed.

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Book Review: Jerkbait by Mia Siegert

Publisher’s description Even though they’re identical, Tristan isn’t close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other’s lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a […]

Review: ‘Archie,’ vol. 1

Back in August the Good Comics for Kids crowd discussed the release of the “New Archie,” a new series from Archie Comics. Recently, I noticed that the first six issues had been published as a trade paperback, and since I’m not a fan of single-issue comics (I hate waiting so long between issues to get […]

Summer Lovin’: 13 New YA Romances | SLJ Spotlight

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Looking for lighthearted romances to populate summer reading shelves? Take a look at the latest crop of beach reads that teens will be devouring come vacation time.

Book Review: The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith (368 pages) About the Book In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault. Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change […]

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison | SLJ Review

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison

Levy, Dana Alison. The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island. 272p. ebook available. Delacorte. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780553521306; lib. ed. $18.99. ISBN 9780553521313. 

Gr 4-6 –The Fletcher family—four adopted boys, two dads, two cats, and one dog—are off to their annual summer visit to Rock Island. This year the Fletchers’ beloved lighthouse is closed and has been threatened with demolition. While seeking answers to the lighthouse problem, Sam joins a theater company, Eli faces his […]