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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Eloquently written and packed full of suspense, debut author Cosimano strikes gold with this page-turning thriller.
Marc Brown offers a kid-friendly tour of New York City that captures the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.
Award-winning author Andrew Smith has cleverly used a B movie science fiction plot to explore the intricacies of teenage sexuality, love, and friendship.
This successful collaboration of old favorites and newer names in illustration is sure to keep youngsters engaged.
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.
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.
David Almond, Cecil Castellucci, Mark Frost, Chris Lynch, and Veronica Rossi have books reviewed in our Grade 9 & Up section this February.
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 [...]
Several picture books featuring birds, some things (and dogs!) that go go go, and a few charming penguins round out our Preschool to Grade 4 section this February.
Out of this world adventures, an art mystery, and the new Polly Horvath book are reviewed in the February Grade 5-8 Fiction section.
The combination of witty text, plentiful white space, and brilliant images make this a truly winning book, especially for libraries looking to expand their Easter collections.
The whimsical story is accompanied by striking oil paintings. The two fish are portrayed in fluid orange and gold brushstrokes, while the bowl is a luminous sphere reflecting different colors from page to page.
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.
This is a fresh addition to the standard new sibling fare, and young naturalists will identify with Maple’s adventurous and tender spirit.
In this stunning debut, we meet a pair of robins and their egg. We watch the parents incubate and hatch the egg and teach the baby bird to survive and fly.