November 17, 2017

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Middle Grade: New Titles from Frances Hardinge, Mariko Tamaki & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A fur trapper makes a mysterious friend; a “Beyond Baylor” supernatural sequel; the Lumberjanes get a middle grade makeover and much more in November’s middle grade Xpress.

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Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –This absorbing graphic memoir offers an insider’s view of the rapid cultural changes that beset Iraq in the latter half of the 20th century.

A DIY Computer, plus Minecraft: The Piper Computer Kit teaches perseverance as well as engineering

“Constructing a Piper Computer Kit is a memorable STEM learning experience that builds in problem-solving and technical skills,” writes Addie Matteson in SLJ’s review.

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Review: All Faire’s in Middle School

Newbery Honor winner Victoria Jamieson is back with another middle grade graphic novel that is sure to please a growing fandom of middle grade students who just can’t get enough. Readers who are loving Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward and Brave and Raina Telgemeier’s titles will be thrilled to pick up this latest addition to the middle-grade […]

Graphic Novels: an Eccentric Ornithologist and a Friendly Shadow | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

The life of the famous John Audubon is explored and a sweetly spooky tale blends fact with fantasy in November’s Xpress graphic novels.

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How To Find an Elephant by Kate Banks | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –An imaginative, elephant-loving young explorer goes on an adventure to find one in the wild.

Review: ‘Wallace the Brave’

Wallace the Brave By Will Henry AMP Kids, 2017 174 pp. ISBN 978-1-4494-8998-4. Welcome to Snug Harbor – a quaint coastal city and home for the year-round comic strip adventures of elementary students Wallace, his best friend Spud, and their new friend in town, Amelia. Wallace is adventurous and brave; Spud is the opposite of […]

YA: Stellar New Titles from John Green, Philip Pullman, Libba Bray, & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

New fantasy titles from Bray and Pullman; John Green’s Turtles is a hit; and an exciting LGBTQ anthology are among November’s YA Xpress.

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Nonfiction: Quirky Cuisine, Poetry, Earth Science & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

Two contemporary poetry titles, additions to the “Ranger Rick” series and much more in this month’s nonfiction Xpress.

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Chapter Books: an Inquisitive Animal and a Sweet Sleuth | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A meerkat explores his world and Dotty Detective is on the case in November’s middle grade Xpress.

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Review: ‘Super Sons Vol.1: When I Grow Up…’

Super Sons Vol. 1: When I Grow Up… Writer: Peter Tomasi Artists: Jorge Jimenez and Alisson Borges DC Comics; $12.99 Rated T for Teen Damian Wayne, the long-lost son of Batman and the Dark Knight’s sometimes opponent Talia al Ghul, was introduced in 2006. Jonathan Kent, son of Superman and Lois Lane, was introduced in […]

El misterioso aire azul by Pamela Puldio | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Erick and his Abuelo and Abuela love Halloween and Día de los Muertos, which they celebrate together as “Hellomuertos.”

Book Review: Piper by Jay Asher, Jessica Freeburg, and Jeff Stokely

Publisher’s description Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale […]

Book Review: The Ocean in My Ears by Meagan Macvie

Publisher’s description Meri Miller lives in Soldotna, Alaska. Never heard of it? That’s because in Slowdotna the most riveting activities for a teenager are salmon fishing and grabbing a Big Gulp at the local 7-Eleven. More than anything, Meri wants to hop in her VW Bug and head somewhere exciting, like New York or L.A. or any […]

7 Snowy Picture Books | SLJ Spotlight

Seven delightful picture books about winter wonderlands.

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Good Night, Planet by Liniers | SLJ Review

PrS-Gr 2 –After a day of playing in the leaves with her deerlike stuffed toy Planet, a little girl gets ready for bed. When the child falls asleep, Planet comes to life, gives her a kiss, and wanders downstairs.

29 Terrific Titles | October Stars 2017

Graphic novels broach tough topics like consent and police violence; Leigh Bardugo’s Thorns excels at dark fantasy; a nonfiction title explores Harriet Tubman’s early years.

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The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –Imagine a world in which the iron fist of the Third Reich clamped over England and never let go.

Holiday Cheer: New Titles To Help Celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah

A roundup of picture book, middle grade, and YA titles to share in preparation for the holidays or to give as gifts.

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Review of the Day: The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, ill. The Fan Brothers

The Antlered Ship By Dashka Slater Illustrated by The Fan Brothers Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $17.99 ISBN: 9781481451604 Ages 4-7 On shelves now Take any number of picture books published in a given year. Read them all, cover to cover. Digest them. Ponder them. Then, I have no doubt, you’ll […]