October 18, 2017

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Waltz of the Snowflakes by Elly MacKay |SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –This wordless picture book opens with Christmas just days away, but the only sign of holiday cheer is Gran’s holly leaf print dress and her excitement at having tickets to The Nutcracker.

Agua, Agüita/Water, Little Water by Jorge Tetl Argueta | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –This poem, set in the first person, explores the water cycle from the perspective of “Agüita” or “Little Water,” the preferred nickname of water.

Book Review: Cast No Shadow by Nick Tapalansky and Anissa Espinosa

Publisher’s description Greg has lived in Lancaster his whole life. The town’s always had its quirks, and being born without a shadow means he’s counted among them. When Greg discovers an old mansion in the woods just outside of town, he didn’t expect to meet a smart, beautiful, funny, and…very dead teenaged girl named Eleanor. […]

Chapter Books: Tales of a Monarch and Silly Top-Secret Missions | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

The mythology of Queen Quetzalpapalotl is explored in Maria the Monarch; a magic pear tree helps Shu-Li and her friends; Little House on the Prairie gets a treatment for young readers in October’s Xpress.

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Middle Grade: Michael Morpurgo’s Retelling of “Oz,” David Barclay Moore’s Stellar Debut, & More | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

A sweetly spooky tale of loss; an action-packed murder mystery set in the 1920s; and a “Frazzled” series sequel in October’s middle grade Xpress.

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YA: Love Across Dimensions, Strong Female Protagonists, & Leigh Bardugo’s New “Language” | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

In this month’s Xpress, we have new titles from Leigh Bardugo and Stephanie Kate Strohm; a young Bermudian girl protests injustice; and Hawaiian teens Jaya and Rasa weave a compelling love story.

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13 Nonfiction Titles for Kids and Teens | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

A bevy of nonfiction titles on such topics as deadly animals, political revolution, and more.

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Graphic Novels: New Titles from Liniers, Jen Lee, & More | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

October’s Xpress graphic novels feature an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book; an eerie tale of a young piano prodigy; and a “Not-So Secret” series starter.

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Picture Books: Seasonal Stories, Unicorns, & Applesauce | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s Xpress reviews features furry friends having adventures, tasty winter treats, and a dandy young monster.

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Three Sides of a Heart by Natalie C. Parker | SLJ Review

The authors use unique strategies for weaving together sexuality and relationships in their love triangle–themed prose.

Book Review: A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Publisher’s Book Description: A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer A tool for RULE Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows […]

Turtle Island by Eldon Yellowhorn | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –The multifaceted history of the Indigenous peoples of North American before and after European contact is made accessible in a well-written, fluid narrative complemented by appealing graphics.

Book Review: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

Publisher’s description Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history. The imperial tradition of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage. But before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer of freedom and privacy in […]

The Wooden Camel by Wanuri Kahiu | SLJ Review

K-Gr 2 –Etabo dreams of racing camels, even though his siblings think he is much too small to ever accomplish this.

Blog Tour: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I am so pleased to be a part of this blog tour celebrating the marvelous The War I Finally Won. It is everything I could have hoped for and more in a sequel to The War That Saved My Life. From the publisher: One of the most anticipated middle grade novels of the year is finally here. […]

Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant | SLJ Review

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Little Skeletons Countdown to Midnight/Esqueletitos un libro contar en El Día de los Muertos by Susie Jaramillo | SLJ Review

JARAMILLO, Susie. Little Skeletons Countdown to Midnight/Esqueletitos un libro contar en El Día de los Muertos. illus. by Susie Jaramillo. 40p. (Canticos). Encantos. Aug. 2017. Board $14.99. ISBN 9781945635069. BL

PreS-Gr 1 –Children can practice their numbers while singing and dancing with a delightful group of skeletons. In her now trademark bilingual concertina format, Jaramillo introduces children to a Mexican counting song. A clock with movable hands at the start of the book will help them keep track of the graveyard fun. As the […]

Five Fables | SLJ DVD Review

Five Fables. 2:25 hrs. Dreamscape. 2017. $24.99. $199.99 (PPR). ISBN 808506020329.

Gr 2 Up –These five fables are part of a project in which Irish poet Seamus Heaney was engaged at the time of his death. Heaney discovered the writing of medieval Scots poet Robert Henryson and was enchanted by his treatment of Aesop’s fables, so he translated Henryson’s work into modern English. The two-dimensional animation employs watercolor, oil, gouache, and acrylic, and the lush portrayals of nature are inviting. Heaney’s […]

15 Spooky Halloween Titles for Young Readers

Lots of treats in this roundup of Halloween titles just right for a variety of revelers, from toddlers to veteran trick-or-treaters.

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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher’s description Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. “There’s Someone Inside Your House is a heart-pounding page-turner with an outstanding cast of characters, a deliciously creepy setting, and an absolutely merciless body count. Best read at night with big bowl of popcorn, this is a killer addition […]