July 31, 2015

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NYC School Tech Summit: Green Screens, Digital Tools, and, Above All, Innovation


During the jam-packed event on July 29, nearly 2,000 educators, principals, and superintendents from across New York City’s five boroughs were encouraged to rethink their teaching with new practices and digital tools this fall—and beyond.

15 New Manga Series to Freshen Up Teen Collections


“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson offers a look at 15 new manga series for teens that libraries will want to add to their collections.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti | SLJ Review


Westerfeld, Scott, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti. Zeroes. 560p. (Zeroes: Bk. 1). ebook available. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Sept. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781481443364.

Gr 9 Up–This may not be the first tale of a group of crime-fighting teenagers with supernatural powers, but its talented writing team get points for creating some fresh and original superpowerd abilities. Scam has a seemingly omniscient inner voice, which can speak for him and get him out of trouble or, all too often, into it. […]

New PTA President: Educating the Whole Child Includes School Libraries

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National PTA president Laura Bay wants to create opportunities for learning throughout communities, whether in the school library, at home, or in the neighborhood.

“The Last One” explores fascinating history of AIDS quilt and community|DVD Pick


The Last One. 71 min. Dist. by the Video Project. 2014. $89. ISBN unavail.
Gr 7 Up–This documentary covers the history of the AIDS Quilt and Names Project, while providing a revealing look at the effects of ignorance, stigma, and discrimination, which cause the disease to spread. Conceived by San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones, the AIDS Quilt began in 1985 with a single panel dedicated to Jones’s lover, Marvin Feldman. The quilt now numbers more than 48,000 panels and […]

The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst | SLJ Review


Durst, Sarah Beth. The Girl Who Could Not Dream. 384p. Clarion. Nov. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544464971.

Gr 4-6–Middle school is rough even for ordinary kids, but Sophie is anything but ordinary. For one thing, her parents run a secret underground shop, where they distill, bottle, and sell dreams. Sophie herself has a special power that allows her to bring elements of the dream realm into the real world with her. Worries about getting her homework done and not having anyone […]

Where Families Play: Dynamic Early Learning Spaces


These innovative public library destinations for young children and their caregivers are places for reading, romping, and learning.

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Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead | SLJ Review


Stead, Philip C. Lenny & Lucy. illus. by Erin E. Stead. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Oct. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781596439320.

PreS-Gr 2–Peter and his dog Harold are unhappy to find themselves on a journey with their dad through the dark woods on their way to a new home. Peter thinks the move is a terrible idea and if Harold weren’t a dog, even he would do something about it. However, the decision has been made and Peter strongly dislikes […]

Six Eclectic Debut Novels | Adult Books 4 Teens


Adult Books 4 Teens features six debut novels for adults with teen appeal—with an emphasis on “novels,” since all of these first-time novelists have already established themselves in other forms or writing. These offerings range from a “Stephanie Plum” series read-alike by a Hollywood screenwriter to literary postapocalyptic titles.

Serpentine by Cindy Pon | SLJ Review


Pon, Cindy. Serpentine. 262p. (Serpentine: Bk. 1). ebook available. Month9. Sept. 2015. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781942664338.

Gr 9 Up–Skybright never knew her parents. She was raised by an affluent Chinese family who took her into their home to be a handmaid to their daughter, Zhen Ni. The two grew up as close as sisters, best friends and confidants who shared everything. Skybright loves her mistress, but as both girls grow up, changes start to occur. While Zhen Ni finds love in […]