October 8, 2015

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The Horn Book gang–Sharks AND Jets–has been busy posting photos and Tweets and quotes and stuff from our very successful Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards/Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium events of last weekend. We will be publishing coverage in the January/February issue of the Magazine, and look for a fabulous cover by Marla Frazee, who gives us a little […]

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Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Publisher’s description: A new YA novel from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable. What […]

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

I waited almost 2 years for this sequel to the genius The Diviners, but it was so worth it. It follows a group of young people with exceptional abilities as they navigate life in New York City in the 1920s. Each character has a thread in the story, which somewhat crossed in Diviners, but all weave […]

Starred reviews, November/December Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Tiptoe Tapirs; written and illustrated by Hanmin Kim; trans. from the Korean by Sera Lee (Holiday) I Used to Be Afraid; written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Porter/Roaring Brook) Flop to the Top!; written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing (TOON) […]

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If Adults Are the People Buying YA Literature, Should We Still Call It YA? I Say Yes!

On Monday, David Thorpe at An Awfully Big Blog Adventure pointed out that current statistics indicate that 80% of YA fiction titles are purchased by adults. This percentage has seemingly increased since the last time we talked about this here at TLT back in 2012 when we discussed that We NEED YA Books for Teens. […]

Saint Anything

Saint Anything, Sarah Dessen Viking, May 2015 Reviewed from final copy Truth time: I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that Saint Anything is the first Sarah Dessen novel I’ve read; I didn’t read YA when I was actually in that demographic and she was never on my syllabi as an education or library student. Although I […]

Video Games Weekly: Super Mario Maker

This week, I’m reviewing Super Mario Maker, which I have been anxiously awaiting for weeks! Super Mario Maker is probably the most unique Mario game Nintendo has put out in recent years, and I’m looking forward to showing you why! Platform: Wii U Rated: E for “Everyone”, but don’t let that fool you. This game […]

Check Out the Hottest Graphic Novels of Fall

From Jem and the Holograms to The Walking Dead, there’s going to be plenty of good reading this fall. Join me and three graphic novel experts—Sven Larsen of Papercutz, Emily Botica of Diamond Book Distributors, and Michael J. Martens of Dark Horse—for an SLJ webcast on The Hottest Graphic Novels of Fall 2015 on Wednesday, […]

Morning Notes: Mousetrap Edition

NERDCAMP NEWS Although we are 9 or so months away, we have our first author announcement for Nerdcamp 2016. Click here to see who it is. CLEANING UP THE STREETS OF KALAMAZOO CITY It’s a cop movie in book form, so it makes sense that Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Platypus Police Squad will be coming to […]

Walking and Talking With . . . Tim Federle!

Steve Sheinkin returns once more to write up and illustrate his “Walking and Talking” series.  As with other posts in the series, Steve will have a conversation with an author or illustrator and then pluck out and bring to life the parts that really define something about the process.  Part of the reason I love […]

How to host a hackathon (on the #sljhackathon breakfast)

I’ve been to nearly all of them, but for me, this year’s 11th Annual SLJ Leadership Summit may have been the best ever.  The speakers were inspiring. The crowd buzzed with energy. The panels were engaging and interactive.  The mix of practitioners included a wide range of ages. A youth presence was obvious! When SLJ […]

Wake me up when it’s all over

I confess to feeling nonplussed when the publicist wrote to see if “Horn [ed note: AARGH] will review The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Sleep,” the self-published bestseller that Random House picked up for a rumored seven-figure advance. I mean, yes, the Horn BOOK will review it in the Spring 2016 Horn Book Guide […]

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Book Review: Detour by S. A. Bodeen

Publisher’s description: Livvy Flynn is a big deal – she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself. When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. […]

Everyone’s Worst is Their Worst: A guest post by S.A. Bodeen

A close friend of mine grew up under deplorable conditions for modern times: no running water, intermittent electricity, less than plentiful food. I once asked her how she reacts when her children—who have seemingly everything compared to her at their age— complain about something. She smiled and told me, “Everyone’s worst is their worst.”   […]

The Nose by Maris Wicks

Maris Wicks is one of those illustrators whose work I’m always happy to see. This is directly due to the fact that she illustrated the wonderful book Primates, written by Jim Ottaviano. And even more so because she created the art for one of the best summer books in recent memory, Yes, Let’s, written by Galen Goodwin Longstreth. […]

Review of the Day: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Hired Girl By Laura Amy Schlitz Candlewick Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0763678180 Ages 12 and up Bildungsroman. Definition: “A novel dealing with one person’s formative years or spiritual education.” A certain strain of English major quivers at the very term. Get enough Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man shoved down your gullet and […]

The Popcorn Astronauts

THE POPCORN ASTRONAUTS by Deborah Ruddell is an excellent poetry collection, definitely one of the best of the year, perhaps the best Newbery eligible collection, especially if we think of Marilyn Nelson’s MY SENECA VILLAGE as more of a narrative work of poetry. All of the poems in THE POPCORN ASTRONAUTS are about food, as the subtitle […]

Mark your calendars! #TLDay15 is just round the corner

Once again, the Rutgers University Master of Information Program and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) sponsor a day celebrating our profession!  Join us on Monday, October 19th 2015 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT /1:00 PM  – 6:00 PM PDT for Teacher Librarian Day A Library 2.015 pre-conference, this open, online, […]

Middle School Monday – Middle School goes through Grade 8

Yes, I realize most of you know this, but how do you consider it when developing your collection? I was recently invited to interview 4 of the Fierce Reads authors during one of their tour stops in my area (it’s not until next week – I’m so excited!) In preparation, their publicist sent me advanced […]

App Review & Blended Pic Tutorial: Fused (with an assist from the Silhouette app)

Monday my co-blogger Heather Booth sent me a text that said,” you might really like this app called Fused.” She had no idea what she was starting as I quickly became obsessed, for the MakerSpace and my teens of course! Using the app I was able to create these images: Now I have been seeing […]