November 17, 2017

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

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

Black Contributions Matter | SLJ Spotlight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Our Bodies, Our Shelves | SLJ Spotlight

From sex and gender to reproductive rights, these recent offerings make complex topics accessible and ensure that teenagers will be informed about issues that affect them.

Hillary: Beyond the Headlines | SLJ Spotlight

Several recently reviewed books take a close look a presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton.

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie Bly by Deborah Noyes | SLJ Review

Noyes, Deborah. Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie Bly. 144p. bibliog. further reading. illus. index. notes. photos. reprods. Viking. Feb. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780803740174.

Gr 6 Up –Daring? Turbulent? Madwoman? When a book’s title includes those words, readers are bound to be inspired to open it. When the book is as well done as this one is, readers will stay through the last page. About […]

Beyond the Whodunit: Sarah Miller Takes a Deep Dive into the Infamous Lizzie Borden Case

Sarah Miller relates the challenges of researching and writing The Borden Murders and discusses the moments and discoveries that surprised her.

Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale | SLJ Review

Charleyboy, Lisa & Mary Beth Leatherdale, eds. Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City. 136p. bibliog. filmog. further reading. illus. photos. Annick. 2015. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781554517510; pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781554517503.

Gr 7 Up –This sequel, of sorts, to Dreaming in Indian (Firefly, 2014) dispels stereotypes of what it means to be Indigenous in a postmillennial world. This compact book explodes with text and graphics that echo the lives of 40-plus Indigenous contributors, all of whom […]

Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever by Jim Murphy | SLJ Review

Murphy, Jim. Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever. 144p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. Clarion. Dec. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780547821832.

Gr 4-7–Murphy tells the fascinating story of a partnership between three extraordinary individuals, which led to a groundbreaking heart surgery. Prior to 1944, 25 percent of babies born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a serious heart defect, died before they reached their first year; only 30 percent lived to the age of 10. Dr. […]

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller | SLJ Review

MILLER, Sarah. The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century. 304p. bibliog. ebook available. index. notes. photos. Random/Schwartz & Wade Bks. Jan. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553498080; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780553498097.

Gr 7 Up–Lizzie Borden: the name alone conjures up the legendary story of a daughter who brutally hacked her parents to death with an axe. And yet, as this thoroughly researched account demonstrates, the story is far more complicated. Miller untangles a complex story of a […]

Treasury of Norse Mythology: Stories of Intrigue, Trickery, Love, and Revenge by Donna Jo Napoli | SLJ Review

NAPOLI, Donna Jo. Treasury of Norse Mythology: Stories of Intrigue, Trickery, Love, and Revenge. illus. by Christina Balit. 192p. bibliog. chron. index. maps. National Geographic. 2015. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781426318870.
Gr 4-8–Witty, informative, and entertaining, this collection of Norse myths will satisfy the storyteller at heart, whether read aloud or silently. The stories are compiled in an attractive, oversize volume. Pages feature intricate borders and larger-than-life characters. At first glance, this title looks similar to other juvenile nonfiction compilations, and readers […]

Welcome to the Museum: Historium by Jo Nelson | SLJ Review

NELSON, Jo. Welcome to the Museum: Historium. illus. by Richard Wilkinson. 112p. chron. index. Candlewick/Big Picture. 2015. Tr $35. ISBN 9780763679842. LC 2014949929.
Gr 4-8–This museum-style exhibition of world culture goes beyond simply covering the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian worlds by encompassing southern African, Polynesian, and Hopewell cultures. The work begins with a general introduction to archaeology and provides a full-spread time line for reference. An index cites the museum locations of the depicted artifacts. The strength of this work is […]