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March 31, 2015

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Next Up for Fantasy Readers!

Next Up for Fantasy Readers!

Today we review the first in one fantasy series and the second in another. Randy Henderson’s debut novel, Finn Fancy Necromancy, is fantasy with a good dose of humor, something that can be hugely popular with teens if it hits them right. (Our reviewer notes call-outs to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams!) The first three […]

Book Review: Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

Book Review: Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

Please go buy this book. Buy it for your library, your classroom, your kids, your friends’ kids, your neighbors, yourself. Maybe, just to be safe, buy like 10 copies, so you have plenty to hand out for gifts. This book would make a great graduation present, a birthday present for kids of all ages, and […]

The Closing Match: El Deafo vs The Port Chicago 50 vs We Were Liars

The Closing Match: El Deafo vs The Port Chicago 50 vs We Were Liars

THE CLOSER – CLAIRE VANDERPOOL El Deafo by Cece Bell Harry Abrams The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Delacorte/Random House I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly eclectic reader so I wasn’t particularly intimidated by the diversity in the three titles I received for this […]

Morning Notes: The Feel-Good Event of the Season Edition

YOU FANCY, EH? Fancy Nancy, everyones favorite faux Parisian will hit small screens in a big way in 2017, with a movie and series for the Disney Junior channel. Click here to read. JUNIE B. JONES AND THE STUPID SMELLY COVER One of the most well-known rascals of children’s literature is getting a cover update. Coming […]

Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet

Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet; written by Tom Neely; illustrated by Sharad Kumar. Tom Neely, 2014. 36pp. ISBN 978-1502-44425-7. Paper ed. $9.97. Mary-Ellen has always been a […]

The post Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet appeared first on The Horn Book.

Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet; written by Tom Neely; illustrated by Sharad Kumar. Tom Neely, 2014. 36pp. ISBN 978-1502-44425-7. Paper ed. $9.97. Mary-Ellen has always been a […]

The post Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet appeared first on The Horn Book.

Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet; written by Tom Neely; illustrated by Sharad Kumar. Tom Neely, 2014. 36pp. ISBN 978-1502-44425-7. Paper ed. $9.97. Mary-Ellen has always been a […]

The post Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet appeared first on The Horn Book.

Middle Grade Monday – Reader’s Advisory and Reference Interviews with Tweens

I’ve had a couple of conversations in the library Twittersphere about Reader’s Advisory, and the lack of training we had in our Library School programs. I do remember having some brief training on doing reference interviews during my basic reference class. The thing I remember most from it was that it’s important to ask a […]

Review: Encountering Aliens, Bigfoot, Chupacabra and Other Cryptids, and Ghosts

Review: Encountering Aliens, Bigfoot, Chupacabra and Other Cryptids, and Ghosts

Ghosts haunt our dreams, Bigfoot, Chupacabra and other cryptids haunt the outdoors, and aliens haunt our skies. But do they really exist? Eyewitness accounts of people’s encounters with the unknown can help make the case for believing, but are these accounts really enough? Eyewitness to the Unexplained Series: Encountering Aliens, Bigfoot, Chupacabra and Other Cryptids, […]

Review of the Day: Red by Michael Hall

Review of the Day: Red by Michael Hall

Red: A Crayon’s Story By Michael Hall Greenwillow (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0062252074 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Almost since their very conception children’s books were meant to teach and inform on the one hand, and to inform one’s moral fiber on the other. Why who can forget that catchy little 1730 […]

The Winner of the 2015 Undead Poll

The Winner of the 2015 Undead Poll

It was amazing watching this year’s Undead Polling. Every contender had their champions which makes us happy. And then, throughout the voting period, three were neck and neck — Brown Girl Dreaming, El Deafo, and We Were Liars. Following close after them were The Crossover and The Family Romanov, with all the other titles earning a healthy numbers of votes. By the […]

Sunday Reflections: What I Learned While Trying to Put Together a Women’s History Display

Sunday Reflections: What I Learned While Trying to Put Together a Women’s History Display

I was walking by my YA room when I saw a staff member searching the shelves for something, so I went down and asked what she was looking for. It turned out, she was looking for inspiration for a new display. So after some talking we decided that we would do a Women’s History Month […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news.     Around the web: All Mark Tuchman’s awesome graphics in one place here. Brandy’s thoughts on Round Two. Karen MacPherson does a terrific Battle post. On Twitter: Reads for Keeps ‏Joey Pigza with his bunny-suited baby brother gets […]

Coming Soon: National Poetry Month

Coming Soon: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. And around this neck of the woods the poetry form of choice is the book spine cento. What’s a cento? Check out the 2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery to find out. Or take a look at the work of Nina Katchadourian. Students, teachers, librarians, book lovers, odd ducks who enjoy piling things […]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #224

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #224

It’s Saturday morning! Time for Bugs Bunny and the gang! Here’s a sneak peek at Looney Tunes #224, which will be out in comic shops next Wednesday. What’s it about? Glad you asked! Catching a train is one thing, but it’s another thing entirely when a new subway line plows a tunnel straight through Bugs’ […]

Fantasy BoB 2015 and the Undead Guessing Game

Fantasy BoB 2015 and the Undead Guessing Game

On this spring Saturday, we bring you two final Sideline Activities, a Farewell, and a couple of Forecasts: Sideline Activities: 1. As in the Fantasy Sport Games, our young commentators have conjured up their own dream teams and banked on the win of certain players throughout the Battle.  We asked them to give us their […]

This Week’s Comics: Big Thunder Pie

Make a break for spring with some new trades out this week. IDW Publishing releases the second trade of Skylanders, “Champions.” Titan Comics lets loose both the 10th and 11th Doctors with their collections for the respective Time Lords, and Marvel releases the first digest of Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors. And just for sports fans, […]

13 Thoughts Author Carrie Mesrobian Had About The Walking Dead

13 Thoughts Author Carrie Mesrobian Had About The Walking Dead

If you follow author Carrie Mesrobian on Twitter, you know that she is a big fan of The Walking Dead. She is part of the reason that this week became Zombie Week, our shared love of zombies and The Walking Dead. So to round up Zombie Week, Carrie Mesrobian is sharing some thoughts she has […]

Friday Finds – March 27, 2015

Friday Finds – March 27, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On Trying to Be Better Zombie Love: Why Are Zombie Things So Popular? (A guest post by Geri Diorio) Middle Grade Monday – Women in Fiction Book Review: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach #FSYALIT Girls Like Me Don’t: Thoughts on Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally, […]

Round 3, Match 2: The Port Chicago 50 vs West of the Moon

Round 3, Match 2: The Port Chicago 50 vs West of the Moon

JUDGE – MARCUS SEDGWICK The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams Chalk and cheese. Apples and Oranges. I know I’m not the only judge to wonder how on Earth to put two novels into direct competition with each other and pronounce one to be the […]