May 26, 2017

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One Book, One School Program Huge Success in Connecticut

An elementary school in Westport, CT, kicked off their One Book, One School initiative on Read Across America Day, with a suspenseful school-wide assembly.

Gothic Romances, Sci-Fi Adventures, and a John Green Readalike | What’s Hot in YA

Looking for a John Green readalike? Search no further than Adi Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost. Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s eerie novel set in Barcelona will entice and haunt teens. And if you thought the dystopian and paranormal novels have worn out their welcome—Michelle Krys, Catherine Linka, and Kelsey Foster bring fresh takes to the tried-and-true genres. The following young adult, nonfiction, and crossover titles will grab reluctant and avid readers alike.

Resources for Award-Winning Middle Grade Fiction │JLG’s Booktalks to Go

With the award season in full swing, how can you make the best use of the wonderful books you’re adding to your collection? Junior Library Guild’s Deborah B. Ford offers booktalks and resources for acclaimed fiction titles for elementary readers.

Orphans Abound: Conquering Larger-than-Life Hurdles | JLG’s On the Radar

From Victorian England to modern day America, orphaned children often face struggles that kids with parents rarely confront. However, most middle-grade students will relate to the issues explored in these new fiction titles―from poverty to self-confidence―selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild. In fact, these works may give young readers hope about their own issues, while giving them stories that help them step back from their own realities.

Pick of the Day: Counting by 7s

When her parents are killed in an accident, 12-year-old Willow is taken in temporarily by her friend Quang-ha’s mother, who must stay ahead of Social Services, and becomes a catalyst for change..