September 27, 2016

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SLJ’s April 2016 Popular Picks

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In our inaugural list of must-have titles, SLJeditors have selected choice storytime picks, Cassandra Clare’s latest series opener, and a new work by Avi. You’ll want to purchase multiple copies of these books, which are bound to fly off the shelves.

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Interview: Cassandra Clare on SLJ Popular Pick “Lady Midnight”

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SLJ chats with Cassandra Clare, author of the mega-popular “Mortal Instruments” series about her “Dark Artifices” series opener and her love for libraries.

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Lady Midnight: A Shadowhunters Novel by Cassandra Clare

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CLARE, Cassandra. Lady Midnight: A Shadowhunters Novel. 720p. (The Dark Artifices: Bk. 1). ebook available. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. 2016. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781442468351.
Gr 9 Up–Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn have grown up together, struggling with the deaths of their respective parents and the responsibilities of caring for Julian’s younger siblings after the Dark War. Five years after they convince the Clave to allow Emma to stay with the Blackthorns in Los Angeles, Emma and Julian realize that […]

Middle School Monday – The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

I was so pleased to find that The Copper Gauntlet more than lived up to the promise of the first book in the Magisterium series, The Iron Trial. Initially as I read The Iron Trial I thought it was a good fantasy that my students would enjoy, but maybe lacking in the depth I was […]

Top Page-to-Screen Adaptations to Put on Your Radar

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Media and popular culture expert and founder of TheYoungFolks.com Gabrielle Bondi presents some of the upcoming book-to-film adaptations that teens (and librarians) should put on their to-watch lists.

Bewitching Readalikes for Joseph Delaney’s “The Last Apprentice” in Honor of “Seventh Son” Film

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Another reader-favorite young adult book series makes its big-screen debut on February 6. Based on Joseph Delaney’s “The Last Apprentice” adventure/fantasy series, Seventh Son is set during a time of enchantment, when supernatural evil threatens all of humankind.

Teens Review ‘The Bane Chronicles’, and Latest from Ally Condie, C.J. Lyons, and Sarah Zettel

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Our group of teen reviewers share a pair of love letters to The Bane Chronicles; offer their thoughts on the second installment of the “Palace of Spies” series by Sarah Zettel; and showcase titles dealing with agoraphobia and a world divided between those above and below.

Rowell, Daywalt Among 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

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Attention, best-books list watchers: The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced. Winners include Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, Rick Riordan’s House of Hades, and more.

Bedeviled, Besotted, and Bewildered | SLJ Reviews ‘City of Bones’ Film

Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) tells (Lily Collins) about his childhood in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Photos courtesy of Constantin Film and Unique Features.

The first movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s popular series, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, is out in theaters on August 21. Lily Collins as Clarissa “Clary” Fray and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace star in the action-fantasy, which provides the thrill of the chase and a sprinkling of the romance for its core audience.

‘City of Bones’ and More Kick-Butt Monster-Hunting Adventures

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Adapted from the first book of Cassandra Clare’s wildly popular YA fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones bursts into theaters on August 21, 2013. Movie viewers will clamor to read or revisit the original work; when they’ve exhausted the series, be ready with more titles featuring demon-slayers and monster-hunters.