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August 29, 2014

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Sister, Sister: Sibling Drama in Young Adult Literature

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Delving into everything from rivalries and heartbreaks to cold shoulders and warm embraces, three recent young adult novels each explore a facet of that bond among young women coming of age simultaneously, bound by blood, and, often, friendship.

A Girl and Her Dog, Beyond ‘Peter Pan,’ and Other New Middle-Grade Reads | Fiction Grades 5-8

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There’s something here for middle-grade fans of all stripes this month. Those looking for adventure on the high seas will find it in Heidi Schulz’s Hook’s Revenge, while readers seeking a quieter tale will enjoy Ann M. Martin’s moving Rain Reign, a poignant story of an autistic girl who bonds with a lost dog.

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Young Adult Titles of Tragedy and Triumph | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

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This month’s YA offerings will take teens through the darkness to the light, from Dana Walrath’s Like Water on Stone, a tale of the Armenian genocide, to Meg Wolitzer’s engrossing Belzhar, a story of emotionally fragile teens coming to turns with personal losses and griefs.

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Seasonal Tricks and Treats | Halloween Roundup

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A roundup of spirited and spooky titles just right for autumn and Halloween sharing.

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Top Picks in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Media| Stars List, August 2014

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Paul Fleischman opens our eyes to the environmental crisis, young Henri Matisse ponders The Iridescence of Birds, and Philip C. Stead takes to the skies in the August stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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Catch up with Lunch Lady, Babymouse, and Big Nate | Fiction Series Update

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Take a look at some old, familiar friends from continuing fiction series: Babymouse celebrates a birthday, while Big Nate runs for class president, and Lunch Lady has a new nemesis.

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Next Stop, First Grade | Back to School Roundup

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Nineteen titles to inspire and entertain young scholars as they embark on a new educational adventure.

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Summer and Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction

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This month, SLJ looks at Aaron Becker’s wordless triumph, Hervé Tullet’s latest interactive picture book, Mo Willems’s gentle yet hilarious take on friendship, and more.

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Squirrel Tales, Sibling Woes, and Conflict in Darfur | Grades 5-8 Fiction

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Fiction for the middle-grade set includes both the light and lively, with Lynne Rae Perkins’s “true” tale of squirrels, and the stark and serious, with Andrea Davis Pinkney’s The Red Pencil.

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The Latest from Stephanie Perkins, Maggie Stiefvater, and Scott Westerfeld | Gr 9 & Up Fiction Reviews

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Whether it’s Stephanie Perkins’s latest title set in the City of Light, Scott Westerfeld’s mind-bending volume, or Maggie Stiefvater’s companion to her “Wolves of Mercy Falls,” July’s reviews are chock-full of heavy hitters. And don’t miss offerings from debut authors E. K. Jonston and Michelle Knudsen.

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Top Picks in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Media| Stars List, July 2014

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Ben Franklin makes a splash, Hervé Tullet mixes it up, and Mo Willems makes new friends in the July stars, offering the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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Brand-New Chapter Books and Old Favorites | Fiction Series Update

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Kids will delight in these titles for independent readers, including a companion book to Elise Broach’s acclaimed Masterpiece, and new entries in Andrea Cheng and Hilary McKay’s popular series.

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Scandals, First Love, and Genre-Bending Fantasy | Gr 9 & Up Fiction Reviews

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Whether teens are looking for the next The Fault in Our Stars readalike (A.J. Betts’s Zac & Mia) or a fantasy-infused gender-bending novel (Corinne Duyvis’s ,em>Otherbound), check out the following titles recently reviewed for young adults in SLJ’s June issue.

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A Hitchcockian Mystery, Magical Footwear, and More| Grades 5-8 Fiction Reviews

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Newly reviewed middle grade titles include several intriguing mysteries, some magical adventure stories, and a selection of graphic novels.

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Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Early Chapter Books on Parade| Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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Highlights of this issue include a grimy pigeon (yes, that Pigeon!), a Hug Machine, a dancing cat, and some fun retellings of traditional tales.

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Exemplary New Books, Audio, & DVDs | Stars List, June 2014

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From a dystopian adventure set in Hawaii to a surreal, graphic-novel-inspired picture book to a deep exploration of one history’s most infamous families, the June Stars offer excellent examples of the best in fiction, nonfiction, and media for children and teens.

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Classics are Cool, But… | Summer Reading for Grades 9-12

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Entice your students with a summer reading list of high-interest titles that are both literary and potential crowd pleasers. Evangelicals, mermaids, bullies, man-eating insects, robots, and cheerleaders abound in this selection that’s guaranteed to garner their attention.

Continuations of Popular Middle-Grade and YA Series | Fiction Series Update

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The latest “Origami Yoda” book, a new title by Shannon Hale, and the conclusion to “The Darkborn Legacy” trilogy top our list of exciting new additions to popular series fiction for middle-grade and YA readers.

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Spring and Early Summer Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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In addition to some very special canine friends, this section features a detective mouse, elusive ninjas, destructive dinosaurs, little green peas, and a couple of bad apples. Can’t forget the crabby crab and a 3-D deep sea adventure (glasses included). Fun, imaginative titles for group programming, independent reading, and one-on-one sharing.

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Top Picks in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Media| Stars List, May 2014

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Tracy Holczer’s tender exploration of grief, Matthias Picard’s eye-popping 3-D underwater adventure, and Stephanie Kuehn’s unputdownable thriller top our list of stellar titles reviewed in the May issue.

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