August 29, 2016

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Unbound by Anne E. Burg | SLJ Review


Burg, Ann E. Unbound. 352p. Scholastic. Sept. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545934275.

Gr 4-8 –Grace is a light-skinned, blue-eyed slave who is called to work in “The Big House,” leaving behind her family and friends in the fields. What she sees of the Master and Missus gives Grace even more motivation to escape, including Missus’s decision to sell members of Grace’s family at the auction block. Soon, Grace and her family flee to the Great Dismal […]

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Suspense and Horror


The hour-long Thrills and Chills panel delivered fresh insights from prominent YA horror and suspense authors, including Mindy McGinnis (The Female of the Species).

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Nonfiction for Teens


The “Stranger than Fiction: NF 4 Teens” panelists described the process of crafting their work and offered suggestions on how to motivate teens to seek out nonfiction.

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier | SLJ Review

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Larbalestier, Justine. My Sister Rosa. 320p. ebook available. Soho Teen. Nov. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781616956745. 

Gr 9 Up –When Che is forced to move from Australia to the United States, he has two things on his mind: find a new boxing gym and keep the world safe from his sister Rosa. For almost as long as she’s been alive, Che has known that something is not right with her. Callous, indifferent, fascinated by pain, she […]

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming | SLJ Review

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Fleming, Candace. Giant Squid. illus. by Eric Rohmann. 40p. bibliog. diag, further reading. websites. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Sept. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781596435995. 

Gr 2-4 –Through engrossing, informative verse, Fleming artfully introduces readers to a mysterious sea monster that glides through the deepest and darkest reaches of the ocean. Although some species of giant squid are as large as a bus, these animals are rarely spotted by people. Scientists have been able to gather clues […]

Teen Book Buzz Fall 2016


Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s 2016 Teen Book Buzz webcast! Join us in conversation with Albert Whitman & Company, Harlequin TEEN, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books, and Sourcebooks about their most buzz-worthy titles coming out this fall.
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Fallen London |Touch and Go


The popular, text-based adventure, a “Lovecraftian dream of Victorian London,” is now available in iOS. Enter at your own risk.

Home at Last by Vera B. Williams | SLJ Review

Home at Last by Vera B. Williams

Williams, Vera B. Home at Last. illus. by Vera B. Williams & Chris Raschka. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780061349737. 

Gr 1-3 –Sitting on the steps of the children’s center, Lester anxiously waits for his new parents and their dog, Wincka, to take him home. They’ve waited a year for this moment, as “it always takes a long time to adopt someone.” Even though Lester loves his new home and Daddy Albert and Daddy […]

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter | SLJ Audio Review

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Kletter, Kerry. The First Time She Drowned. 8 CDs. 10:19 hrs. Listening Library. Mar. 2016. $50. ISBN 9780399567933. digital download. 

Gr 9 Up –Eighteen-year-old Cassie is facing the world for the first time since checking herself out of the mental institution where she has spent two and a half years. She agrees to attend her mother’s alma mater and try to make a fresh start, but illness and the pressures of social engagement prove too much for her, […]

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners


Winner Todd Burleson, and finalists Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner, all display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.