November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Embracing the Darkness in Middle Grade Fiction | The Upper Deck

A brand new column, The Upper Deck, recommends titles for upper middle grade through teen readers. In this inaugural piece, librarian Tara Kron looks at several recently acclaimed middle grade titles that explore dark, sometimes disturbing, issues—but which ultimately offer strength and hope.

Review of the Day: The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

The Nest By Kenneth Oppel Illustrated by Jon Klassen Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4814-3232-0 On shelves October 6th Oh, how I love middle grade horror. It’s a very specific breed of book, you know. Most people on the street might think of the Goosebumps books or similar ilk when they […]

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Characters with Tough Choices │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

We all make difficult choices. Some are harder than others. In the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, kids fight with their siblings, adjust to parents with chronic illnesses, and fight racial prejudice. Sharing these titles with your middle graders will show them that they are not alone.

From Tearjerkers to Action-packed Superhero Thrillers | What’s Hot in YA

Melissa Kantor and Ava Dellaira’s YA titles will have readers reaching for tissues while Shannon Hale and Lamar Giles’s new books offer heart-pumping rides. Check out the latest from Lauren Oliver, Beth Kephart, and other “hot” titles for teens.

SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books Starts Today

SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books kicks off March 12. In Round 1, YA author Kenneth Oppel decides which book advances to the next round: Wonder or Bomb.