October 1, 2015

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Seven Dead Pirates: A Ghost Story by Linda Bailey | SLJ Review


Bailey, Linda. Seven Dead Pirates: A Ghost Story. 304p. ebook available. Tundra. Sept. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781770498150.

Gr 4-7–There is little joy in lonely Lewis Dearborn’s young life. He’s the only child to older, overprotective parents, shy to the point of becoming selectively mute at school, and friendless. One bright spot is his relationship with his eccentric great-grandfather, who lives in Shornway, a run-down mansion by the sea. When his great-grandfather dies, Lewis and his parents move into the ramshackle […]

The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau | SLJ Review


RESAU, Laura. The Lightning Queen. 336p. Scholastic. Oct. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545800846; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9780545800860.

Gr 3-6–If books were written in black and white, The Lightning Queen would be written in color. Esma, a young Romani girl, meets Teo, a young Mixteco living on the Hill of Dust in the mountains of Mexico, when her traveling caravan makes a stop in Teo’s small village. The Romani bring with them the magic of cinema films, and after the loss of […]

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 […]

Review: Roller Girl

This summer I challenged myself to read as much as I could. I made sure to keep my house inundated with books, which between the loads of reserves I placed at the public library and the many books I still have from Book Expo America, is not a problem. I also wanted to do a […]

Tears will Be Shed: Heart-Wrenching Novels for Middle Grades │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Penderwicks in Spring

Keep a box of tissues nearby. The following novels selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to pull heartstrings.

Mariella Mystery, Zombie Hamsters, and Magic | Series Update


These series updates are sure to please fans: Mariella Mystery is on the case, Ehrich Weisz continues the search for his brother, and Havelock McCreely writes another “Zombie Hamster” installment.

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