March 27, 2017

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Treasures of the Earth | SLJ DVD Review

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Treasures of the Earth. (NOVA). 3 hrs. Dist. by PBS. 2017. $24.99. ISBN 9781627898546.

Gr 7 Up –This program contains three hour-long episodes (“Power,” “Gems,” and “Metals”), which examine the earth’s geological resources. Each focuses on the natural forces that have created them and the human manufacturing processes that transform them into products. For example, viewers learn about different metals used in jewelry, warfare, and modern electrical wiring. Through computer animation, the program details atomic composition, production techniques, and […]

3 “STEM”-ulating Biographies

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These recent titles tackle complex STEM topics suitable for any classroom.

15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women

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A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

Come On in, America: The United States in World War I by Linda Osborne | SLJ Review

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OSBORNE, Linda Barrett. Come On in, America: The United States in World War I. 176p. bibliog. index. photos. reprods. Abrams. Mar. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781419723780.

Gr 9 Up –What begins as an overview of U.S. involvement in World War I expands into how the Great War impacted the lives of Americans at home and on the battlefield. Osborne effectively juxtaposes issues such as censorship, propaganda, prejudice, discrimination, and violence that arose in the United States against the democratic […]

Vincent and Theo: The van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman | SLJ Review

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HEILIGMAN, Deborah. Vincent and Theo: The van Gogh Brothers. 464p. bibliog. chron. ebook available. index. notes. reprods. Holt. Apr. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780805093391.

Gr 7 Up –Central to understanding the artist Vincent van Gogh was his relationship with his younger brother Theo, recorded for posterity in the nearly 700 surviving letters they wrote to each other. Here, Heiligman delivers an exquisitely told, heartfelt portrayal of that deep emotional and intellectual bond. It was an attachment solidified in the […]

Taking Action and Reading Orwell | Nonfiction Series Update

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Animals and author biographies for the elementary crowd and a timely focus on social issues for tweens and teens.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

From Memphis into Mississippi | Ann Bausum on James Meredith’s Historic March

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Multi-award-winning author Ann Bausum discusses her latest work of nonfiction The March Against Fear.

The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power by Ann Bausum | SLJ Review

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BAUSUM, Ann. The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power. 144p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. National Geographic. Jan. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781426326653; lib. ed. $27.90. ISBN 9781426326660.

Gr 9 Up –An edifying and timely exposition of James Meredith and the March Against Fear and their impact on U.S. history, past and present. Bausum’s clear language and smart use of archival photos and pull quotes document how Meredith’s […]

Teens Creating Change, Past and Present

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A bevy of titles about activists and activism for young people.

The Wild World of Gaming | Dustin Hansen on “Game On!”

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“Games create problem solvers.” Hansen on the importance of video games in learning environments.

Black Contributions Matter | SLJ Spotlight

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These titles are an evocation of the depth and richness of black artistry and creativity.

The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How To Draw by Mark Crilley | SLJ Review

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CRILLEY, Mark. The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How To Draw. illus. by Mark Crilley. 138p. ebook available. Crown/Watson-Guptill. Jul. 2016. pap. $18.99. ISBN 9780385346337.

Gr 4 Up –David is awed by an older student who can draw cars, and he wants to be able to do the same. When he asks Becky, an artist drawing in the park, for a quick lesson, the small request turns into an entire summer of progressive tutorials that readers […]

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin | SLJ Review

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MARRIN, Albert. Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II. 256p. ebook available. further reading. index. notes. photos. websites. Knopf. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553509366; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780553509373.

Gr 7 Up –The Japanese American internment during World War II is the subject of National Book Award finalist Marrin’s latest historical nonfiction for adolescents. He ties together chronological events with thematic elements (how racism operated during World War II) to tell the story of this dark […]

Secret Agent STEM | SLJ Spotlight

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From murderous poisoners to poop-sniffing dogs, there is a wealth of educational and accessible material here.

Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA by Bridget Heos | SLJ Review

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Sherlock Holmes lovers, CSI: Miami aficionados, and forensic science students will all be drawn to this rather gruesome yet highly entertaining and fact-packed history.

Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown | SLJ Review

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BROWN, Box. Tetris: The Games People Play. illus. by Box Brown. 253p. First Second. Oct. 2016. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781626723153.

Gr 9 Up –Brown immerses readers in the complicated origins of one of the world’s most popular video games, Tetris. Its creator, Alexey Pajitnov, was a computer scientist who became obsessed with how games and puzzles affected human psychology. Before long, Pajitnov became caught up in a prototype he’d designed based on a childhood game and shared it with […]

March: Book Three by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin | SLJ Review

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Lewis, John & Andrew Aydin. March: Book Three. illus. by Nate Powell. 192p. Top Shelf. Aug. 2016. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781603094023. 

Gr 8 Up –In the final installment in the trilogy, Congressman Lewis concludes his firsthand account of the civil rights era. Simultaneously epic and intimate, this dynamic work spotlights pivotal moments (the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL; the Freedom Summer murders; the 1964 Democratic National Convention; and the Selma to […]

Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth’s Most Dominant Species by Jeff Campbell | SLJ Review

Last of the Giants by Jeff Campbell

Campbell, Jeff. Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth’s Most Dominant Species. 288p. bibliog. websites. Zest. 2016. pap. $13.99. ISBN 9781942186045. 

Gr 9 Up –The extinctions of giant (both in size and number) species at the mercy of nature and humanity turn out to be a fascinating and jarring lesson for our present. Chronicling the fates of aurochs, moa, passenger pigeons, and sea cows, alongside the unresolved destinies of today’s lions and tigers, […]

This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne | SLJ Review

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Osborne, Linda Barrett. This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration. 128p. bibliog. chron. index. notes. photos. reprods. Abrams. Apr. 2016. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781419716607.

Gr 6-10 –This exceptional work explores the history of American immigration from the early colonization of the continent to the contemporary discussions involving undocumented aliens. The so-called American melting pot has a history of exclusion, discrimination, and strife that has resulted in anti-immigration laws, segregation, and, in the case […]

Storytellers, Animals, and History Makers | Nonfiction Series Update

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These updates to existing nonfiction series cover a variety of topics, from comic book art to Spanish language titles on California history—there is something for everyone.

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