November 22, 2017

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Harry Miller’s Run by David Almond | SLJ Review

ALMOND, David. Harry Miller’s Run. illus. by Salvatore Rubbino. 64p. Candlewick. Feb. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763689759.

Gr 4-6 –In this charming generational tale, elderly, frail Harry Miller shares a piece of his past with 11-year old Liam and his kindly mother, who are helping Harry pack up his home and move into a nursing home. Liam has been training for the Junior Great Northern Run, a short version of the now-famous annual half-marathon from Newcastle upon Tyne to […]

A Song for Ella Grey

A Song for Ella Grey, David Almond Delacorte Press, October 2015 Reviewed from ARC Here’s a novel that is exactly what its title indicates it will be: a song for Ella Grey. David Almond’s lyrical novel—his third (!) to come out this year—is about the desperate first love of one’s youth that can inspire for […]

USBBY Welcomes International Literary Luminaries to NYC

On a crisp mid-October weekend, children’s book enthusiasts, experts, and creators—including Lois Lowry, Chris Raschka, Susan Cooper, and David Almond—flocked to New York City’s Leman Manhattan Preparatory School to join IBBY’s 11th regional conference.

The Tightrope Walkers

  The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond Candlewick, March 2015 Reviewed from an ARC Oh, I am conflicted about this one. This is gorgeous, gorgeous writing — even the first line pulls you in and lets you know that you’re in for something unusual here (“I was born in a hovel on the banks of the […]

Teens Review “Everything, Everything,” “Teen Boat” Sequel, and More

The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviewers tackle new romances, such as Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Westerns, such as Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, and the sequel to John Green and Dave Roman’s Teen Boat graphic novel.

Teens Review the Latest from David Almond, Elizabeth Wein, and More

Elizabeth Wein and David Almond place readers in new and unusual settings in their latest offerings, Black Dove White Raven and The Tightrope Walkers. And unsurprisingly, power struggles are at the heart of The Witch Hunter, The Winner’s Crime, and Powerless, a theme that continues to run through teens’ favorite reads.

Our 2015 Predictions and Picks: Loves and Likelies

One of the greatest joys of writing this blog is the chance to be spectacularly wrong* come the announcements. So here is our official post of both our personal picks — books we can support and love love love — and our predictions, which are the books we think are most likely — even if […]

Girl Power, High Fantasy, and Unconventional Lit | What’s Hot in YA

Highly illustrated novels, out-of-the-ordinary narratives, and titles with female leads and fascinating world-building are just some of the YA books that are on SLJ editors’ radar. See what else is trending in teen lit.

Kick-butt Heroines, Epic Sagas, and Quirky Debuts | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

The new year is filled with richly imagined new worlds YA readalikes for fans of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, such as Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in Ashes. Readers of realistic fiction will delight in Lance Rubin’s unique Denton Little’s Deathdate and Juliana Romano’s romance-filled First There Was Forever.

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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, David Almond Candlewick, January 2014 Reviewed from finished ebook David Almond was one of the original Printz court (see my royalty pun there?). Skellig was an honor book in 2000, and then Kit’s Wilderness took the gold in 2001. Almond hasn’t stopped writing; at least in his […]

Rebecca Stead Is First US Author to Win ‘Guardian’ Kid Lit Prize

Newbery-winning author Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy has won this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, a literary award that annually recognizes one children’s fiction book written for children or young adults that is published in the United Kingdom. Stead is the first American author to earn this distinction, only recently available to US writers since 2012.

Tough Choices for Tough Boys: New Titles Explore “Manhood” | JLG’s On the Radar

From paperboy routes to dealing with a dad fighting in Afghanistan, these new releases selected by Junior Library Guild editors feature boys who make difficult, life-altering decisions.