September 24, 2017

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Book Review: Spinning by Tillie Walden

Publisher’s description Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden’s powerful graphic memoir captures what it’s like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know. It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark. […]

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta | SLJ Review

UWIRINGIYIMANA, Sandra with Abigail Pesta. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child. 304p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780062470140.

Gr 7 Up –The greatest storytellers connect with readers through universal truths, and Uwiringiyimana tells her own profound story with clarity and honesty. After a heart-pounding cliff-hanger opening, Uwiringiyimana goes back in time to revisit her childhood in Uvira, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although occasionally interrupted by bouts of […]

Notable Nonfiction on the Transgender Experience and More | Adult Books 4 Teens

Another crop of notable nonfiction featuring often unheard voices, from a title that unpacks myths about the transgender experience to a book on those who have been wrongfully convicted.

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

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

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

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Street Life: Memoirs for Teens | YA Underground

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

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

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

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.

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