November 28, 2015

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Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban | SLJ Review


Sepahban, Lois. Paper Wishes. 192p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson Bks. Jan. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374302160; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780374302177.

Gr 4-6 –In March 1942, 10-year-old Manami Tanaka’s whole world changes. Her family is forced to leave their home on Bainbridge Island along with all the other Japanese Americans in their community. Though arrangements have been made for a neighbor to care for their dog, Yujiin, Manami can’t bear to leave him behind and tries to bring him […]

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P. J. Lynch | SLJ Review


Lynch, P.J. The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune. illus. by P.J. Lynch. 64p. bibliog. websites. Candlewick. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763665845.

Gr 3-6 –Lynch brings to vivid life the well-known story of the Pilgrims through the adventures and voice of John Howland. As a young man, Howland came across the Atlantic on the Mayflower as an indentured servant of John Carver, who would later become the first governor of the […]

Sriracha | SLJ DVD Review


Sriracha. 33 min. Dist. by Dreamscape. 2013, released in 2015. $24.99. $199.99 PPR. ISBN 857063005165.

Gr 9 Up –Sriracha, the bottled red chile sauce with the rooster emblem and distinctive green spout, has gained a cult following in the United States, and in this ode to the deliciously spicy hot sauce, director Griffin Hammond reveals the story—and man—behind its success. David Tran, the unassuming founder of Huy Fong Foods, Inc. in Irwindale, CA, began his sauce-making career in the […]

5 Reasons Why the 2015 NCTE Conference Was the Best Yet


Two big book award announcements, plus appearances by Kadir Nelson, Chelsea Clinton, Kate DiCamillo, and Kwame Alexander: The annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Minneapolis had all the makings of an event to remember.

Opinion: Do We Honor Girls’ Stories? The Double Standard of YA Lit

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Editor, blogger, former librarian Kelly Jensen asks why girls’ stories in YA often take a backseat to boys’ narratives during book awards season.

A Curriculum Staple: Reading Aloud to Teens


Young people often listen at a higher comprehension level than they read, according to Jim Trelease, author of “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” Here are librarians’ suggestions for enhancing teen listening and literacy skills.

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Religion: A Discovery in Comics by Margreet De Heer | SLJ Review


de Heer, Margreet. Religion: A Discovery in Comics. illus. by Margaret de Heer. 120p. index. NBM. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781561639946.

Gr 7 Up –With this volume that winningly combines her personal reflections with general information on five world religions, de Heer continues her series (previous titles have taken on philosophy and science). She depicts herself as the narrator of this discourse and includes her personal experience with religion. Both of her parents were Christian ministers, […]

Lillie Bellin Pope, Co-Founder of Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dies at 97


Lillie Bellin Pope, who served as vice-president of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and helped countless students, parents, and teachers through her tireless work, died October 26 after a long illness.

When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis by Simon Winchester | SLJ Review


Winchester, Simon. When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis. 80p. diags. filmog. further reading. index. maps. photos. websites. Viking. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780670785360.

Gr 5-8 –Winchester, a journalist and former geologist, examines earth-shaking phenomena. In the opening pages, the author discusses his experience on a university research team that confirmed the key scientific theory of continental drift; his powerful writing conveys the excitement of discovery. After this first chapter, descriptions of earthquakes, volcanos, and […]

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman | SLJ Audio Review


GAIMAN, Neil. The Sleeper and the ­Spindle. 1 CD. 1 hr. Harper Audio, 2015. $13.99. ISBN 9780062435132. digital download.

Gr 8 Up –On the eve of her wedding, a beautiful queen learns from three dwarf friends that peril has befallen a kingdom in the east. A young princess lies asleep in the castle’s tower while a sleeping fog placed by an evil enchantress is rapidly seeping west. Having experienced this sleeping curse herself, the queen quickly exchanges her wedding […]