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February 10, 2016

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Walking and Talking with . . . M.T. Anderson!

There were many fine and fantastic works of nonfiction for older children and teens in 2015.  One such book won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Award while another won an Honor.  Now those two authors chat about the process of creating narrative nonfiction.  We’ve featured a fair number of Walking and Talking chats […]

Symphony for the City of the Dead

Symphony for the City of the Dead, M.T. Anderson Candlewick Press, September 2015 Reviewed from ARC One of my favorite books last year was Candace Fleming’s The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia. Despite having a ton of critical praise for its tight, thrilling narrative and thoughtful approach to complex history, it […]

YALSA Reveals 2016 Excellence in Nonfiction and Morris Finalists

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Among YALSA’s excellence in nonfiction and William C. Morris Award finalists for debut YA novels are several SLJ’s Best Books of 2015. Check out all of the finalists, plus SLJ’s reviews and resources for each title.

Ten Titles Make Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

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The 2015 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes a previous National Book Award winner and a two-time National Book Award finalist. Three novels are by debut authors.

Video Interview: M.T. Anderson and the Symphony for the City of the Dead

What you learn in this life of children’s librarianship is that there is an exception to every rule. For example, normally I do not indulge in video interviews outside of my Fuse #8 TV ones. And normally I do not care diddly over squat for anything directed towards a young adult audience. But Mr. M.T. […]

Catch up with Lunch Lady, Babymouse, and Big Nate | Fiction Series Update

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Take a look at some old, familiar friends from continuing fiction series: Babymouse celebrates a birthday, while Big Nate runs for class president, and Lunch Lady has a new nemesis.

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Consider the Source: The Mandate

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In the wake of the destruction wrought by Sandy, Marc Aronson emphasizes the importance of the Common Core standards as students and teachers discuss the link between the recent hurricane and climate change.

Video Sunday: Always comes too late, but Friday never hesitates

The chance to see M.T. Anderson speak at length on any topic should be celebrated in and of itself.  But to see him speak on the topic Wardrobes and Rabbit Holes: A Dark History of Children’s Literature (just this past November 7th) is the icing on the cake.  As you may remember I’ve a book […]