March 29, 2017

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Scientist, Globe-trotter, Author, Publisher: An Interview with Sneed Collard III

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SLJ chats with Sneed Collard about his books, starting a publishing house, traveling the world, and the impact and importance of nonfiction for middle grade readers.

A Roundup of Excellent Graphic Nonfiction | Focus On

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Superlative examples of the versatile format used for biography, memoir, and informational books.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Street Life: Memoirs for Teens | YA Underground

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These three memoirs about young people who have overcome incarceration, gang life, and impoverished childhoods will satisfy the need for representation of teens in the margins.

Book Review: Prison Island, a Graphic Memoir by Colleen Frakes

The other day a fellow librarian contacted me and said she needed some good YA nonfiction recommendations, to which I replied PRISON ISLAND! Prison Island is a memoir told in graphic novel format about McNeil Island in the state of Washington. It was one of the last remaining prison islands. Colleen Frake’s family was one […]

Book review: Tomboy by Liz Prince

Book review: Tomboy by Liz Prince

It’s not often that I find a book completely fantastic. It’s also not often that I find a character in YA and think, yes–finally! I was like that as a teen. I could have been that character. Or that character is someone I would actually have been friends with. Enter Liz Prince’s Tomboy, an utterly […]

Review of the Day: The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley

Review of the Day: The Dumbest Idea Every by Jimmy Gownley

The Dumbest Idea Ever By Jimmy Gownley GRAPHIX (an imprint of Scholastic) $12.00 ISBN: 9780545453479 Ages 9 and up On shelves now. Is it or is it not a good idea to tell young people that they are special and unique? It’s a legitimate question. When I was growing up the emphasis in school was […]

Memoirs: Stories From a Life | Focus On

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These first-person narratives introduce readers to the subjects’ lives and experiences and help to preserve history through the eyes of someone who was there. They make for compelling reading—and are great choices for meeting the Common Core requirements for nonfiction.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.