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April 15, 2014

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Review: Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

Review: Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

Baby Bear By Kadir Nelson Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780062241726 $17.99 Grades PreK-1 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Man, are there a lot of bedtime books out there. With reading to children being such a pre-sleep ritual, however, this proliferation of books dedicated to sawing logs makes sense. In [...]

Curriculet—Formerly Gobstopper—Partners with HarperCollins on Enriched Ebooks for Schools

Curriculet—formerly Gobstopper—Partners with HarperCollins to offer Enriched Ebooks to Schools

Curriculet (formerly Gobstopper), a digital reading platform designed for teachers and stocked with interactive educational and social media features, has teamed up with HarperCollins to offer a flexible book buying program for schools.

Biographies

Today we have two very different, almost opposite, biographies about acting, written by journalists: one a cautionary tale of talent wasted, the other an  inspirational story of talent emergent.  Sokolove’s Drama High tells the inspiring story of a high school drama teacher pushing his students toward success, while Edwards’s Last Night at the Viper Room [...]

Review: Wait For What Will Come

Review: Wait For What Will Come

Wait For What Will Come by Barbara Michaels. Originally published in 1978. Image from HarperCollins ebook edition, 2009. The Plot: Carla Tregellas is just another hardworking American when the lawyer contacts her to tell her the news: as the last member of the Tregellas family, she has inherited an old mansion in Cornwall. Carla, in [...]

HarperCollins Celebrates Legacy of ‘Narnia’ Author C.S. Lewis

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This fall, HarperCollins will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis with a worldwide campaign that celebrates his legacy. Kicking off the commemoration is the redesign of both www.cslewis.com and www.narnia.com, and their expansion to offer C.S. Lewis ebooks.

Amanda Knox

I don’t watch a lot of TV, especially not TV news or TV tabloids, so while I feel confident that I had heard something about Amanda Knox in the past six years, I really only became aware of the ins and outs of her infamous life this year.  But when I did become aware, it [...]

Alternative Fiction: New Takes on Anne Frank, Jane Austen

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Jillian Cantor has taken Anne Frank’s Diary of A Young Girl and written an alternate fiction in which Margot, Anne’s older sister, did not die in Bergen-Belsen after all. Instead, she survives and makes her way to Philadelphia. But, in a way, she is still in hiding. Margot has changed her name, hidden her Jewish faith, and [...]

Review: Pretty Girl 13

Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2013. Reviewed from ARC. The Plot: Angie is on a Girl Scout Camping trip when she leaves her tent in the early morning to find a private space to “take care of business.” Three years later, she appears at her own front [...]

HarperCollins Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek

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You know the smell of autumn is in the air when librarians gather again at publishers’ preview events, gearing up for insider peeks at what’s in store for 2014. This year’s season kicked off with HarperCollins this week, where the retelling of familiar stories was a hot theme.

Wild Awake

Wild Awake, Hilary T. Smith Katherine Tegen Books, May 2013 Reviewed from ARC Nominate in haste, repent at leisure? Well, not quite. But… I’m not entirely surprised no one, in effect, seconded this one. Wild Awake is a debut, and while I don’t have a full sense of the year’s debut slate, from what I’ve [...]

Pictures of the Week: Kevin Henkes Live from Bank Street School in NYC

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Acclaimed author/illustrator Kevin Henkes spoke to a live audience at Bank Street College of Education in New York City on September 17. The event, which coincided with the publication date of his latest children’s book The Year of Billy Miller, was also broadcasted to classrooms and libraries across the country.

Review: The Bitter Kingdom

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2013. Conclusion of The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (book one) and  The Crown of Embers (book two). The Plot: Elisa, Godstone Bearer and Queen of Joya d’Arena, is running into the hand of her greatest enemy, the Invierne. In [...]

Review: Pain, Parties, Work

Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder. HarperCollins. 2013. Personal Copy. Vacation reads — when I review not-teen books that people may be interested in reading! It’s About: In June, 1953, Sylvia Plath was a guest editor for the fashion magazine, Mademoiselle.  The guest editor program was prestigious. The [...]

The Missing File

I’ve been meaning to post about D.A. Mishani’s The Missing File for several months now, but hadn’t quite figured out what to say.  At first, I was looking around for another book to pair it with, in particular another mystery in translation because except for Sweden we don’t seem to get many mysteries from other [...]

Toon Review: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

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The Year of Billy Miller By Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780062268150 $16.99 Grades 2-4 In Stores September 17, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library *Best New Book* (click on comics to enlarge) Digital review copy from Edelweiss. Also reviewed by For Those About to Mock, A Fuse #8 Production, Waking Brain [...]

Damaged Young Women

Damaged Young Women

I’m very excited to introduce today’s novels, all three centered on emotionally damaged young women, and two of which are debuts that earn starred reviews from us.  I read the two debuts–Panopticon and Lotería–in short succession, about a month ago, and I’m hard pressed to say which I’m more excited about–both introduce readers to ferocious new talents [...]

Marc Simont, Beloved Caldecott Medalist, Dies at 97

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Acclaimed children’s book creator Marc Simont, who illustrated nearly 100 children’s books, died on Saturday, July 13. He was 97. His many honors include a Caldecott Medal for the art in Janice May Udry’s A Tree is Nice, and Caldecott Honors for illustrating Ruth Krauss’s The Happy Day, and his own The Stray Dog.

Review: Wait For You

Wait For You by J. Lynn (who also writes as Jennifer L. Armentrout). William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins. 2013. Personal copy. The Plot: Avery Morgansten is starting college away from home, away from family. Not just away; she’s also chosen a college in West Virginia that she knows will have no one from [...]

Librarian, Blogger, Author: Betsy Bird Talks About ‘Giant Dance Party’

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Longtime School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird, the New York Public Library’s youth materials collections specialist, can add published author to her name this year. Her festive debut picture book, Giant Dance Party, is about a girl who overcomes her stage fright by teaching blue fuzzy giants how to dance. SLJ caught up with Bird recently to discuss her unique path to publication, how her work as a children’s librarian informed her experience as a first-time author, and whether Lexy and the giants will be making a repeat performance.

Pick of the Day: The One and Only Ivan (Audiobook)

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Katherine Applegate’s Newbery winner, The One and Only Ivan,, is a heart-wrenching tale that reminds us that every animal has the right to a safe place called home. Be sure to read the starred review of the audiobook from Recorded Books.