August 23, 2017

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Jazz Day | SLJ DVD Review

Jazz Day. 74 min. Dreamscape. 2017. $38.99. ISBN 9781520071053.

Gr 4-6 –It was a hot August day in 1955 when Art Kane gathered jazz musicians for a photograph for Esquire magazine. He wasn’t sure who, if anyone, would show up at the Harlem brownstone he’d chosen for his backdrop. He’d put out the word, and now he could only hold his two cameras and hope. The result was the iconic photograph—Harlem 1958—that features 57 jazz musicians of the time. Count Basie was there, […]

Threads of Blue by Suzanne LaFleur | SLJ Review

LAFLEUR, Suzanne. Threads of Blue. 224p. Random. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781101939994.

Gr 4-6 –Picking up where Beautiful Blue World left off, 12-year-old Mathilde awakes in the bottom of a boat headed towards the island of Eilean, hoping to be reunited with the group of children and adults she’s been separated from. Mathilde’s country, Sofarende, is at war and has just fallen to the enemy, Tyssia. The country of Eilean is an ally and a place of refuge for many of the children fleeing […]

One Last Summer Trip | Adult Books 4 Teens

Pack your bags! The latest crop of can’t-miss Adult Books 4 Teens take readers everywhere from rural Idaho to small-town England to 1950s Appalachia.

The Game of Life | Touch and Go

A classic American game receives a winning digital update.

In Charlottesville, a Back-to-School Like No Other

Virginia school librarians prepare for school to open 11 days after the deadly clash between white supremacist groups and counterprotestors.

Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi | SLJ Review

BACIGALUPI, Paolo. Tool of War. 336p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316220835.

Gr 10 Up –The third entry in his award-winning dystopian series, following Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities, tells the story of Tool the “augment,” a genetically engineered “half-man” made up of a cocktail of genetic material—human, dog, tiger. Augments are designed to be the ultimate killing machines while remaining fiercely loyal to his creators. However, once Tool discovers that he can suppress his submissive instincts, he rebels against his creators and […]

Warcross by Marie Lu | SLJ Review

LU, Marie. Warcross. 368p. Putnam. Sept. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399547966. POP

Gr 8 Up –A highly engaging and incredibly exciting science fiction novel for young adults. Emika Chen is a bounty hunter living in a futuristic New York City. Emika has a juvenile record and spent time in the foster care system after her father died. She is struggling to pay her bills, and is banking on getting enough from the next bounty to settle up with her landlord. In the midst of […]

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Art Graces Library in Northampton, MA

A new mural by the “Lunch Lady” author at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, transformed a stairwell leading to the kids’ area.

Seamus’s Short Story by Heather Hartt-Sussman | SLJ Review

HARTT-SUSSMAN, Heather. Seamus’s Short Story. illus. by Milan Pavlović. 32p. Groundwood. Aug. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781554987931.

PreS-Gr 2 –In this hilarious tale, Seamus, a big-headed and blue-haired kid, hates being short. He can never reach what he needs to, including a “horrid” baby picture of himself. He explores a few ineffectual options until he discovers his mom’s high heels and, suddenly, he is “having a blast.” Seamus’s being a boy in pumps passes without comment; high heels are simply a tool that […]

Get Middle and High School Students Research Ready with SKILL Modules

Credo’s new resource covers everything from avoiding plagiarizing to citing sources.

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