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March 30, 2015

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Links: Lots of Jem and the Holograms Reviews!

Links: Lots of Jem and the Holograms Reviews!

At Panel Patter, Rob McMonigal interviews Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, creators of This One Summer. Doug TenNapel talks about his newest graphic novel, Nnewts. The graphic novel nominees have been announced for Maryland’s Black Eyed Susan Awards, which highlight books for readers in grades 4-6. At Mental Floss, Rich Barrett compiles a list of 10 […]

Round 2, Match 4: This One Summer vs West of the Moon

Round 2, Match 4: This One Summer vs West of the Moon

JUDGE – ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON This One Summer by Albert Martin Knopf/Random House West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams One of the joys of first person narratives is being able to share, for a moment, the intimacy of another person’s perspective. It isn’t just the knowledge of their private lives or secrets […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#29)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#29)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? As I am writing this review a song plays faintly in my mind: Sweet dreams are made of these Who am I to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas Everybody’s looking for something Some of them want to use […]

The Walking Dead: The Comics VS. The TV Show (a guest post by Geri Diorio)

Today for Zombie Week librarian Geri Diorio is joining us once again to talk about The Walking Dead graphic novel series and how it compares to the TV show. WARNING! SPOILERS for the comic up to issue 138 and the show as of March 15, 2015 The Walking Dead may be one of the most […]

Unexplored History

Unexplored History

Today we look at two fabulous historical fiction works exploring historical periods unfamiliar to most Americans. First up is a starred review of Michelle Moran’s Rebel Queen, which tells the story of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Specifically, it tracks the exploits of Rani Lakshmi, the queen of a smallish kingdom in northern India called […]

Book Review: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Book Review: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Imagine if The Breakfast Club was set not during Saturday detention but during the weeks leading up to the apocalypse.   In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions, We All Looked Up is a story about Andy (the stoner punk who’s in the charmingly named band Perineum), Eliza (the artist with a reputation […]

Round 2, Match 3: The Madman of Piney Woods vs The Port Chicago 50

Round 2, Match 3: The Madman of Piney Woods vs The Port Chicago 50

JUDGE – ELIZABETH WEIN The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curts Scholastic The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan Every year, as the Battle Commander gears up for the School Library Journal Battle of the Books, I think I’m going to read all these books. It’s only sixteen and I have […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Andrew Smith

Walking and Talking with . . . Andrew Smith

That’s right. Andrew Smith. And it’s fantastic. The latest in Steve Sheinkin’s series “Walking and Talking”. Enjoy it. Big time thanks to Steve for putting these together and for this one in particular. Previous editions of this series include: Walking and Talking with John Corey Whaley Walking and Talking with Jenni Holm Walking and Talking […]

Fusenews: In which I find the barest hint of an excuse to post a Rex Stout cover

Fusenews: In which I find the barest hint of an excuse to post a Rex Stout cover

I’ve been watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt recently.  So far the resident husband and I have only made it through two episodes, but I was pleased as punch when I learned that the plot twist in storyline #2 hinged on a Baby-Sitter’s Club novel.  Specifically Babysitter’s Club Mystery No. 12: Dawn and the Surfer Ghost.  […]

Middle Grade Monday – Women in Fiction

Middle Grade Monday – Women in Fiction

Those of you hanging around the Internet this weekend, especially on Twitter, were probably inundated with the hashtag #womeninfiction. It seemed that all of the librarians, authors, and publishing people I follow came out of the woodwork to tweet and retweet about their favorite female fictional characters. Many of those were characters remembered with strong […]

Review: Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth

Review: Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth

The Stratford Zoo is like any other zoo…until closing time! That’s when the animals come out of their cages to perform Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the best actors, but they’ve got heart. (Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails.) Review: Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth Written by Ian Lendler; Art by Zack Giallongo All […]

Driftwood

Driftwood

Somehow we managed to let this book from November of last year make it all the way till late March without a post. But don’t let that fool you: Elizabeth Dutton’s Driftwood is a fabulous novel with tons of teen appeal: rock stars, letters from beyond the grave, a road trip–this has got all the […]

Zombie Love: Why Are Zombie Things So Popular? (A guest post by Geri Diorio)

This week we’re – and by we’re I mean people like me and author Carrie Mesrobian, not necessarily everyone here at TLT – counting down the days until The Walking Dead season finale. So while we’re counting down, we thought we would dedicate the week to zombies. We’ll here from author Carrie Mesrobian later in […]

Round 2, Match 2: El Deafo vs The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

Round 2, Match 2: El Deafo vs The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

JUDGE – CAT WINTERS El Deafo by Cece Bell Abrams The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos FSG/Macmillan On the surface, there are two notable differences between the books in my assigned bracket: Cece Bell’s El Deafo is a graphic novel featuring people who look like rabbits, whereas Jack Gantos’s The Key That […]

I Ask You: What Is On Your #HOLDSHELF?

I Ask You: What Is On Your #HOLDSHELF?

Why the triumphant pose? The monthly photo roundup of hold shelves across the country is back. This month, the gallery will be over at Watch. Connect. Read. Here’s how to get in on the action: Locate a shelf used as a waiting area for books your patrons have put on hold. Photograph/video/Vine that thing like […]

A Lovely Night

A Lovely Night

We saw the new Cinderella last night and you should see it too. What I loved most was that it was genuinely a children’s movie. While Cate Blanchette as the stepmother and Helena Bonham-Carter as the fairy godmother were on hand to provide some camp (and there was a PG-pushing plethora of men in tights), neither […]

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This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post (which will be after the Battle commences!). Around the […]

Sunday Reflections: On Trying to Be Better

Sunday Reflections: On Trying to Be Better

As the kerfuffle about the Andrew Smith interview blew up on Twitter, I laid in bed with my babies trying to make sure my 6-yr-old child who was struggling to breathe in her sleep did in fact keep breathing while also trying to follow the various trails of conversations happening over Twitter. The truth is, […]

Video Sunday: Movie, book, library, and audiobook trailers trailers trailers!!

Video Sunday: Movie, book, library, and audiobook trailers trailers trailers!!

Morning, folks. We’re beginning this Sunday morn with stuff that’s good for the soul.  How often have you said to yourself, “I’d love to own some original art from illustrator Matthew Cordell but I’m too busy spending all my cash on children’s literacy foundations”?  Well, fear not!  Now you can do both.  In celebration of […]

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: Eternity War #4

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: Eternity War #4

Here’s some good old-fashioned Saturday morning cartoon entertainment for you today! He-Man: Eternity War #4 is out next week. Here’s the blurb, which I think says it all: This is it: The battle you’ve been waiting for! She-Ra vs. Hordak! In order to retrieve the Eye of Chrono, She-Ra must defeat her adoptive father. Her […]