January 21, 2018

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A Seal Named Patches by Roxanne & Patrick Robinson | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –In this beautifully presented science-focused narrative, readers follow the progress of a team of scientists trying to locate Patches, a Weddell seal.

How To Make Electricity | Touch and Go

Introducing interactive experiments on the iPad that demonstrate principles of electricity.

A Middle Grade Sci-Fi Anthology and More | January 2018 Xpress Reviews

See why Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is an apt title for this collection of kid-friendly stories told in an out-of-the-box, Ray Bradburyish adventure style.

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Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Morris and Brown share the story of their daughter, 12-year-old Maddie, a charming young lady who loves mustaches, potatoes, and performing on stage—especially while wearing a mustache!

Picture Books: An Elvis Presley Tune, Mindfulness, and More | January 2018 Xpress Reviews

From storytime picks to one-on-one lapsits, check out these picture book selections.

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Review: ‘Home Time’

Home Time Writer/artist: Campbell Whyte Top Shelf Productions; $24.99 Throughout C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, school children stumble into a fantasy world, where they are hailed as prophesied saviors, arriving just when they are needed to stave off one great evil or another. In cartoonist Campbell Whyte’s Home Time, school children stumble into a […]

Book Review: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Publisher’s description A moving, lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate—whether they inherited their mother’s Huntington’s disease. Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to […]

2018: A Year to #ReadForChange, a guest post by Marie Marquardt

Teen Librarian Toolbox is excited to announce that we’re partnering with Marie Marquardt for her #ReadForChange project. Here’s some more about the initiative!    Hello, 2018. Hello, Change. Throughout 2017, I traveled around the United States talking with students, librarians, teachers, and other YA and MG authors. And, wow. From Bowling Green, Kentucky to Santa […]

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –A year has passed since the events of Scythe and Scythe Anastasia, once known as Citra Terranova, lives with her mentor, Scythe Marie Curie, and performs her gleanings in relative peace despite causing a rift in the Scythedom by giving her subjects a month to choose how they want to be gleaned, aka killed.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse. Every day and every night, the lighthouse guides the way for passing ships, as its keeper tends to the light and writes in his guidebook.

Customize Lesson Plans with StudySync

StudySync’s new resource helps educators create lesson plans that build students’ vocabulary, hone research skills, and much more.

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Gr 6 Up –Set in France, this work of historical fiction centers on Frances, a lowly dressmaker in a shop.

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 7 Up –After the sudden death of her Aunt Magnolia, 18-year-old Jane is orphaned, directionless, and alone.

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Scott Ferdowsi cannot commit to anything. He has written a novel with only three chapters and he quits his summer internship after only one week.

Review: ‘Newsprints’

Newsprints By Ru Xu Graphix, $12.99 (softcover), $24.99 (hardcover) Ages 8-12 years, grade level 3-7 It’s a wonderful thing when someone’s first graphic novel is so jam-packed with big ideas realized so well on an individual character level. Blue is an orphan newsboy who’s found an adoptive family of those who work for the paper. […]

Book Review: Meet Cute by various authors

Publisher’s description Stories by: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Julie Murphy, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is […]

Book Review: Welcome Home edited by Eric Smith

Publisher’s description Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times best-selling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across […]

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Emma Blue inherited a passion for gaming and video game development from her father.

Review: ‘The Little Particle That Could’

The Little Particle That Could Written by Jason Rodriguez, illustrated by Noel Tuazon Tiny Quasars, $14.95 Ages 3-6 Wandering away a little from our site title—but format debates are boring!—The Little Particle That Could is an adorable educational children’s book with plenty of distinctive, charming illustrations. It’s a board book, but it’s the size of […]

Revolting Rhymes | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 1-5 –Adapted from the six-poem collection by Roald Dahl, this excellent production mashes the tales together and frames them brilliantly.