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July 23, 2014

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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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What’s Old is New: Recent YA Books with Allusions to Classic Lit | SLJ Spotlight

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Nine books that will take readers back in time with their allusions to classic literature.

New Middle Grade Fiction Features Miniature Heroes | SLJ Spotlight

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Three titles with little leaders who prove that brave doesn’t always mean big.

Pet Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

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Five fun new titles about everyone’s favorite furry companions.

New Books by Tedd Arnold, John Burningham, Lucy Cousins, and Michael Hall | Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction Reviews

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An instant classic, Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman, plus several new picture books by award-winning and beloved illustrators top our Preschool to Grade 4 picks this month.

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New Books by Megan Frazer Blakemore, Charles De Lint, Margi Preus | Grades 5-8 Fiction Review

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A mystery set during the McCarthy era from the author of , a modern fairy tale by master storyteller Charles De Lint, and an historical tale rife with allusions to Norweigan folklore by Newbery Honor winner Margi Preus lead our selection of new middle grade reviews.

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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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