September 24, 2017

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“Know-Nonsense” Guides to Honing Writing Skills

Writing inspiration from the likes of Jack Gantos and Patricia Reilly Giff awaits middle graders.

Rain Fails To Deter Fans at the 2017 National Book Festival

A rainy Labor Day weekend in Washington, DC, didn’t seem to affect the turnout at the 17th annual National Book Festival, which drew booklovers of all ages as well as political statements from authors.

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | October 2015

This month’s must-haves include a powerful, semiautobiographical novel from Jack Gantos; the latest “Scientists in the Field title”; and the latest Lumberjanes book.

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The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos | SLJ Review

Gantos’s latest fictionalized novel based on his own childhood explores tween Jack’s obsession with the bad kid next door.

Book Review: The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos

Publisher’s description: This fiery autobiographical novel captures a pivotal week or two in the life of fourteen-year-old Jack Gantos, as the author reveals the moment he began to slide off track as a kid who in just a few years would find himself locked up in a federal penitentiary for the crimes portrayed in the […]

Four NYC Publishers, One Epic Season: Rocco Staino’s Peek at Upcoming Fall Titles

SLJ contributing editor Rocco Staino shares highlights from this past spring’s NYC publisher previews and offers a peek into some of the books coming out this fall season.

Violence in LGBTIQ Fiction for Young Adults, a guest post by Rob Bittner

By Rob Bittner (@r_bittner)   I was originally approached to do some work on sexual violence, YA literature, and LGBTQ themes because of a post that I wrote about the novel Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho. There is much to love about the book, save for the incredibly problematic notion of rape against the […]

In the Recording Studio with Jack Gantos

SLJ catches up with Jack Gantos as he records the audio for his new book, The Trouble in Me.

2015 Zena Sutherland Lecture by Jack Gantos

Please join us for the 2015 Zena Sutherland Lecture, “A Pair of Jacks to Open,” with Jack Gantos. Friday May 1, Harold Washington Library in Chicago, 7:30PM. The lecture is free but tickets are required.

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Not-to-be-Missed 2014 Middle Grade Novels │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

From a new series opener to a final installment, the following are some of our favorite authors’ 2014 not-to-be-missed hits for middle grade readers. Kids will find glimpses of themselves in diverse fictional worlds as these A-Listers transport them into the following selections from Junior Library Guild editors.

Video Sunday: MIT’s Faculty Lounge and Other Mysteries

No time to dilly-dally, people! We’ve most of our peers and betters living it up in Las Vegas. Let’s soothe our sorrows of not attending ourselves in some lovely videos then, eh whot? First off, you may have known that there was a recent Boston Children’s Book Trivia Night. But did you know there was […]

The Beat Goes On: Brilliant Middle Grade Sequels │ JLG’s On the Radar

Junior Library Guild editors share fun sequels for independent readers. These follow-ups include new entries in favorite series by Lemony Snicket and Jack Gantos, and will have kids anxiously waiting for their next titles.

Win a Free School or Library Visit with Jack Gantos

Our friends at Macmillan want to give you a chance to share in the hilarity of From Nowhere to Norvelt, but you have to work for it. Remember Miss Volker’s obituary writing and penchant for history? Be prepared to share what would be your town’s “This Day in History?” and enter to win a visit from the ever-charming Jack Gantos. You’ll be glad you did.