April 21, 2014

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Review of the Day: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Review of the Day: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener By Jonathan Auxier Illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-1144-2 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 20th For whatever reason, 2014 is a dark year in children’s middle grade fiction. I speak from experience. Fantasy in particular has been steeped in a kind of thoughtful [...]

Pick of the Day: Searching for Sarah Rector

Searching for Sarah Rector

This book will be extremely useful to teachers and librarians seeking material to align with Common Core State Standards dealing with the craft of writing of informational text.

Pick of the Day: Constable & Toop

Constable & Toop

This story is sure to tickle the funny bone and satisfy the taste for some gruesome adventure while appealing to both girls and boys.

What’s to Come in A.G. Howard’s ‘Unhinged’? | Free Online Excerpt

Moth in the Mirror

The Moth in the Mirror stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to A.G.Howard’s Splintered. Abrams is letting you in for a look with a free online excerpt.

Interview: Nathan Hale on The Donner Dinner Party

Donner Dinner Party

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales books are a cheeky take on American history, but they are also sophisticated graphic storytelling that help bring the events to life in ways that simple prose could not. His latest book, The Donner Dinner Party, takes on a subject that has horrified and fascinated the public since it happened and [...]

Weekly Reviews: Science & Knots

Weekly Reviews: Science & Knots

In both of today’s nonfiction titles, the authors speak directly to their readers. Both have the potential to become favorites with the right teen reader.  First up, Edward O. Wilson’s passionate and inspiring Letters to a Young Scientist. Maybe it’s the time of year, but I can’t help thinking that this would make a terrific graduation [...]

Weekly Reviews: Mid-year Graphic Novels

Today we have three very different graphic novels.  Matt Kindt’s Red Handed, a gorgeous, full-color novel with an intricately structured plot has been the source of a bit of debate.  Kimberly over on, while granting the novel’s interest, found its experimental structure ultimately frustrating.  And when I gave the book to one of my [...]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2013

It’s time to once again to look at the season before us and say “that looks good”. What follows are books coming out in March, April, and May that appear to have promise. Picture Book Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird; illustrated by Brandon Dorman April 23 | Greenwillow | Grades K-2 Ever heard of [...]

Thoughts on Alex: My Friend Dahmer

We review a lot of graphic novels around here (thanks in large part to super-reviewer Francisca Goldsmith) so, as we said on Monday, Angela and I were very happy to see a GN on the Alex Awards list this year.  As I somewhat embarrassingly indicated, though, I hadn’t read Derf Backderf’s My Friend Dahmer, so I [...]

Pick of the Day: Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty

title in white letters on red banner across book, pix of lincoln on left

BOLDEN, Tonya. Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty. 120p. bibliog. chron. glossary. illus. index. notes. photos. reprods. Abrams. Jan. 2013. RTE $24.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0390-4. LC 2012000845.
Gr 5-9
–After a dramatic opening description of abolitionists waiting for word that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed, this title reviews the events that led up to the Civil War, examines Lincoln’s reasons for writing it, and details the role of abolitionists. Bolden makes excellent use of primary sources; the pages are filled [...]

Review: Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg

Andrew Drew and Drew By Barney Saltzberg Abrams Appleseed ISBN: 9781419703775 $15.95 Grades PreK-1 On Shelves Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library A solitary boy creating his world through drawings – sound familiar? With Andrew Drew and Drew, Barney Saltzberg pays homage to Harold and the Purple Crayon, but adds a creative [...]

Review of the Day: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales (One Dead Spy & Big Bad Ironclad) by Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad!
By Nathan Hale
Amulet (an imprint of Abrams)
ISBN: 978-1-419700396-6
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0395-9
Ages 9-12
On shelves now
If you should find that you share your name with a Revolutionary War Hero you have various ways of making use of that fact. You could join Revolutionary War re-enactors [...]

News Bites: Help Hurricane Sandy’s Victims


You can help provide books to schools and libraries devastated by Hurricane Sandy by making a donation to the organization First Book.