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September 2, 2014

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Novels in Verse, Literary Street Lit, and High-Interest Nonfiction | What’s Hot in YA

How it Went Down Magoon

Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down about a black teen who is shot by a white man, is especially timely with recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and just the right title for young adults grappling with streaming headlines. And, a new book from the queen of verse novels, Ellen Hopkins, will entice fans of the format. The following fiction and nonfiction titles for teens will be perfect for late-summer reading and back-to-school shelf-browsing.

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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Fall 2014 Graphic Novels Are out of This World

Aurora West

Aliens visit from outer space, the real world intrudes in an online game, a city boy goes to the country—many of this season’s teen graphic novels feature strangers in strange lands. Whether you prefer fact or fantasy, there’s plenty of good reading here to curl up with as the days grow shorter.

Great Reads for Video Gamers

Dirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways to Fly

This lineup of gorgeous behind-the-scenes browsers, cool book and graphic-novel tie-ins, and magnetic YA novels that star gamers as protagonists is sure to reel in teens who spend their leisure time with game controller in hand.

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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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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Marvel Superhero Blowout: Captain America, Spiderman, and the X-men | Media Mania

Xmen No More Humans

This spring has brought a bumper crop of big-budget films about the adventures of shield-flinging, skyscraper-swinging, mutation-mastering heroes. Supercharge your holdings and movie tie-in book displays by including this selection of preludes, adaptations, story sources and inspirations, and suggested reads about popular Marvel characters.

Comics and Graphic Novels: Strong Female Protagonists Win the Day

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Step aside, boys! The ladies are running the show in these comics and graphic novels that feature strong female characters in leading roles.

Where Babies Come From, a Jazz Legend, & One Brave Chicken | Stars List, April 2014

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From an ode to an innovative jazz musician to an unreliable narrator-driven YA novel, check out the book and multimedia titles that made SLJ’s April list of stellar offererings.

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Book Review: Graphic Novels

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Classic literature retold, major conflicts from the 20th century, and one very odd pizza delivery boy can all be found in our eclectic array of reviews in the March issue.

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Pick of the Day: Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis/Matt Data and the Cosmic Crisis

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The bright, detailed, full-page panels are covered with strange creatures and planetary objects that will catch and hold young readers’ attention, and the scientific information is simply presented and well-integrated into the dialogue.

New Books, Audio, & DVDs |Stars List, January 2014

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From a comically cosmic space adventure to a rip-roaring tall tale to several in-depth looks at the lives of fascinating American figures, the January Stars offer opportunities for readers to engage in joyful escapism or intensive close reading.

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Book Review: Graphic Novels

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From Brian Ralph’s retro-cool Reggie-12 to David Merveille’s homage to a classic French film star, the graphic novels (and graphic nonfiction) reviewed in January offer a wide range of reading choices for comic fans.

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SLJ’s Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013

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The “Good Comics for Kids” (blogs.slj.com/goodcomicsforkids) bloggers were burning the midnight oil this year, with a batch of top-notch fall releases that kept us reading—and debating—right up to our deadline. The top trend this year: kids’ books with adult appeal.

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Pick of the Day: The Lost Islands

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KIBUISHI, Kazu, ed. The Lost Islands. 128p. (Explorer Series). illus. Abrams/Amulet. 2013. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781419708817; pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781419708831.
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–Carrying on the spirit of the much-loved “Flight” anthologies, Kibuishi continues his vision in this graphic novel that’s filled with imaginative and kid-friendly stories. The book’s variety is its greatest strength, creating mass appeal for a wide audience through an excellent mix of art styles, tones, and themes. Jake Parker starts off with a clever and retro-looking story about [...]

A Question of Character | Fall Graphic Novels

The Fifth Beatle

The heroes of this fall’s crop of graphic novels face an array of situations, from battles to invading monsters to parents with issues, with surprising grace. But they aren’t plaster saints; every one of them has flaws as well as strengths, which makes for some interesting reading.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars | November 2013

Come Back, Moon (Kherdian)
©2013 by Nonny Hogrogian

Nonny Hogrogian’s picture book Come Back, Moon; Fanny Britt’s graphic novel Jane, the Fox & Me; and Mike and the Mighty Magic Pants’s CD Gotta Be the Pants! made SLJ’s November stars list. Take a look inside for more stellar titles.

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Book Review: Graphic Novels | November 2013

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From Kazu Kibuishi’s latest to several image-heavy literary adaptations–including William Shakespeare’s works and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre–, SLJ’s November graphic novel reviews cover the gamut of genres and subjects.

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Graphic Novel Reviews | September 2013

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Check out John Lewis and Andrew Aydin’s March

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars | September 2013

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About words and writing.

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