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October 31, 2014

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Rainey Royal

Rainey Royal

Dylan Landis offers a novel in 14 connected stories that spans 10 years, beginning with the title character, Rainey Royal at 14 years old. It is set in the 1970′s New York City of Landis’s own adolescence. This book explores teenage sexuality, and it can be dark. Rainey is abused by her father’s best friend, [...]

The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero, story by Gene Luen Yang & art by Sonny Liew First Second, July 2014 Reviewed from final copy I don’t review graphic novels here that often, although I read most of them, because I always worry that I don’t know enough about art. But I know enough to know that this is [...]

Is It Rude to Ask?

Is It Rude to Ask?

There are questions in this world that it is always safe to ask a children’s librarian about his or her children.  Prominent amongst them: “So what are your kids reading these days?” The “kids” in question here would be the librarian’s children.  Yet I’ll admit that when I’m asked, there’s always that brief moment of [...]

Too Big for Their Britches: Books That Can’t Keep Their Covers On

Too Big for Their Britches: Books That Can’t Keep Their Covers On

If you’re around books a lot, you know there are certain titles that just have a hard time keeping it together. I’ve found that the worst offenders have: High page counts Glossy pages Large trim sizes Which kinds of books have all of these? Your Guinness, your Ripley’s, your LEGO. Add in frequent circulation and [...]

On school library resurgence: Craig maps the trend

On school library resurgence: Craig maps the trend

Back in 2010 I posted about Shonda Brisco’s library crisis map, A Nation without School Librarians. Back in April, SLJ‘s Rebecca Miller shared her optimism about crisis reversal. In her editorial, Now Hiring: Recent Wins on School Library Positions Spark Optimism, Rebecca notes a trend toward reestablishing school library positions in such places as St. [...]

Live from the Summit

Live from the Summit

At the #sljsummit this morning, our friends at Capstone debuted their fabulous advocacy video School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian. The five-minute film, featuring the voices of administrators and peeks inside of buzzing state-of-the-art programs, is a rich explanation of the librarian’s evolving role, what school libraries do, and what they [...]

Press Release Fun: Nominate a Literary Landmark

Press Release Fun: Nominate a Literary Landmark

From our good fellow in the field, Rocco Staino: Hello, As chair of the ALA/CBC committee I am working with United for Libraries and the Children’s Book Council on an initiative for Children’s Book Week.  It is our hope that during Children’s Book Week in 2015 that with your help United for Libraries can dedicate throughout the country [...]

This Week’s Comics: Dexter’s Saga

This Week’s Comics: Dexter’s Saga

This week’s new comics list takes a walk on the wild side. Action Lab releases the second issue of Hero Cats, while BOOM! Studios continues the adventures of magical girl Bee and her sidekick Puppycat. IDW rains the animal kingdom down with a new My Little Pony Friends Forever and a Super Secret Crisis War [...]

Through the Woods

Through the Woods

Through the Woods, Emily Carroll McElderry Books, July 2014 Reviewed from final copy Just yesterday, we had our annual visit from an NYPL teen librarian to get students public library cards and do a bunch of booktalks. The book that got the strongest reaction? Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods. Both classes had teens verbally enjoying [...]

The Final Book in the Southern Reach Trilogy

The Final Book in the Southern Reach Trilogy

You can’t say I didn’t warn you. I’ve been raving about Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy all year, and promising a review of the final volume. So here it is. VanderMeer once again takes readers into the heart of his mysterious Area X (after merely skirting around it through the middle volume in the trilogy), [...]

Halloween ComicFest: The All Ages Edition

Halloween ComicFest: The All Ages Edition

Everyone knows about Free Comic Book Day, the first Saturday in May when comic shops give away free comics to encourage people to pick up a comic book and see what they were missing. But did you know there was another day, in the fall where you could pick up more free comics? Halloween ComicFest [...]

El Deafo

El Deafo

I was glad to see this one listed among so many of your favorites, as it is in mine.  But how do we discuss this graphic novel for the Newbery?  Let’s look at some of the language in the criteria. Definition #1: . “Contribution to American literature” indicates the text of a book. It also [...]

Walking and Talking with . . . Jenni Holm!

Walking and Talking with . . . Jenni Holm!

This is our second “Walking and Talking” installment by the clearly multi-talented Steve Sheinkin.  This week?  Jenni Holm discusses how she works and gives some background on the blood, sweat and tears that went into The Fourteenth Goldfish. Be also sure to check out the first Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey [...]

#Holdshelf at Schu’s

#Holdshelf at Schu’s

It’s that time again – time to share the books on your hold shelf. This month, the #holdshelf gallery will be over at John Schumacher’s blog Watch. Connect. Read. Your can email your photo (or video) to mrschureads (at) gmail (dot) com, or tweet it with the hashtag #holdshelf. Submit your hold shelf pictures by Wednesday, [...]

Video: Christopher Hart Draws a Funny Vampire

Video: Christopher Hart Draws a Funny Vampire

Just in time for Halloween, Christopher Hart has a new how-to book that explains the niceties of zombie eyes, four-eyed aliens, and vampire angst. While Hart has made a name for himself doing how-to-draw-manga, Monstrously Funny Cartoons is a return to his gag-comic roots, and he’s very at home here. (Full disclosure: I edited Hart’s [...]

Halloween Reading

Halloween Reading

The days grow shorter. The evenings grow darker. You’re trying to figure out a costume to wear to school next Friday. In the spirit of the season, we review three new novels for those seeking a thrill this Halloween. Edgar Cantero’s first book in English, The Supernatural Enhancements, is a secret society mystery/haunted house gothic [...]

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia, Candace Fleming Schwartz & Wade, July 2014 Reviewed from ARC Six stars. It seems like everyone is talking about The Family Romanov*. Let’s set aside those stars though, because a discussion of what it means when a book earns full marks, ahem, stars, should be [...]

The 9th Annual Carle Honors – 2014

The 9th Annual Carle Honors – 2014

Traditionally I tend to attend the Carle Honors secretly pregnant.  I’m not sure why this is but at least twice I have walked about, discretely refusing any and all alcoholic beverages.  One of those times I’d discovered the pregnancy mere hours before the event. No hidden incipient heirs were on display this time around, and [...]

Books on Film: Fuse #8 TV

Books on Film: Fuse #8 TV

Do you find yourself wishing A Fuse #8 Production was a TV show? Well, how about this, Travis: Stop joking around, man. A real show. All joking aside, yes. Good! You got your wish. Great! Let’s see it. Here it is – Fuse #8 TV. I even make a cameo in the intro:

Preview: Costume Quest

Preview: Costume Quest

Costume Quest is a new, Halloween-themed graphic novel from Oni Press that’s apparently based on a video game, although you don’t have to be familiar with the game to enjoy the book—I can testify to this personally. Here’s the blurb: Hot on the heels of the freshly announced video game Costume Quest 2, Oni Press [...]