November 24, 2017

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Middle Grade: New Titles from Frances Hardinge, Mariko Tamaki & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A fur trapper makes a mysterious friend; a “Beyond Baylor” supernatural sequel; the Lumberjanes get a middle grade makeover and much more in November’s middle grade Xpress.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic

In these comics and graphic novels for tweens, LGBTQ characters are no big deal. Any romance stays in the background—and is G-rated.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Review: ‘Supergirl: Being Super #1′

Supergirl: Being Super #1 Writer: Mariko Tamaki Artists: Joelle Jones and Sandu Florea DC Comics; $5.99 Rated T for Teen The tagline for the original Superboy comics, which featured young, school-age Clark Kent in Smallville, was “The Adventures of Superman When He Was A Boy!” Based solely on its first issue, it would seem that […]

Review: ‘Supergirl: Being Super #1′

Supergirl: Being Super #1 Writer: Mariko Tamaki Artists: Joelle Jones and Sandu Florea DC Comics; $5.99 Rated T for Teen The tagline for the original Superboy comics, which featured young, school-age Clark Kent in Smallville, was “The Adventures of Superman When He Was A Boy!” Based solely on its first issue, it would seem that […]

When previously awarded writers tell other tales

When we start to compile our list of books to cover, authors who have a previous Printz win or honor are automatically added to the list. We also give serious consideration to writers with wins or honors from other important ALA Youth Media Awards. Of course, the logic is that a previous winner has a […]

“This One Summer” Restored to Henning, MN, School District Library, with Restrictions

The award-winning graphic novel This One Summer has come under fire again, this time in Henning, MN.

Florida High Schools Restrict Access to “This One Summer”

In response to a complaint from a parent of an elementary school student, three high school libraries in Florida have restricted access to the award-winning This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki.

Family Matters | SLJ Spotlight

From struggling to find footing as a foster kid to having a mom with depression, these YA titles are about working through real-life situations.

Graphic Novelists Reflect on School Visits

Comics artist Jillian Tamaki, writer Mariko Tamaki, and author and illustrator George O’Connor share their thoughts on “taking about stories and stuff” and “how to host a successful author visit.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Our 2015 Predictions and Picks: Loves and Likelies

One of the greatest joys of writing this blog is the chance to be spectacularly wrong* come the announcements. So here is our official post of both our personal picks — books we can support and love love love — and our predictions, which are the books we think are most likely — even if […]

Pyrite Redux: Worlds in Flux

Our final three redux books are three of my own top books this year. They vary in length, in genre, in style, and more — indeed, in many ways I can’t imagine three more distinct titles. And yet, they have something essential in common (other than my appreciation, that is): all three are about moments […]

This One Summer

This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki First, Second, May 2014 Reviewed from final copy In my head, as I’ve written this post, it’s mostly been a series of exclamation points and the word “squeeeeeeee” interspersed with pictures from the book’s pages. I mean, that’s legit Printz discussion, no? With 6 starred reviews, gorgeous […]

Sounds of Summer: YA Fiction for Beach Reading | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

Beaches. Late nights. No school. Such are the joys of summer. Yet for some teens, those few months give them more time to face their family’s dysfunction―or to make bad choices. Junior Library Guild’s Booktalks to Go Teen selections offer food for thought.

Spring 2014 Graphic Novels for Teens: Mix and Match

Brigid Alverson, the editor of SLJ‘s Good Comics for Kids blog, curates a list of must-read graphic novels set to publish in Spring 2014. From a slice-of-life drama, teenage wastelands, a trek across the Antarctic, and crazy shoujo manga goodness, these reads make great picks for teens.