July 22, 2016

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Syrian Refugees Welcomed to Canada with an SLJ Best Book

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Distribution of Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson is part of IBBY Canada’s welcome program for refugee families.


Back when I asked our reviewers what they look for in terms of teen appeal, Sarah Flowers said something intriguing that I couldn’t fit in that post, but I’d like to talk about at greater length. Here’s what she said:
“Is there an important teen character or characters, and do they sound like teens? That […]

Pick of the Day: Safekeeping

Book cover: safekeeping

HESSE, Karen. Safekeeping. photos by author. 294p. Feiwel & Friends. Sept. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-250-01134-3.
Gr 7 Up
–Radley Parker-Hughes has been volunteering in an orphanage in Haiti after the recent earthquake, but she returns home to a country in the grip of an even more chaotic situation. The American Political Party has assumed power, the president has been assassinated, and martial law prevails. Soldiers with guns at the airport, travel paper requirements–is this really the New Hampshire she left just a […]