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September 3, 2015

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Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin | SLJ Review

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SHEINKIN, Steve. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. 384p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. Roaring Brook. Sept. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781596439528.

Gr 7 Up–In this thoroughly researched, thoughtfully produced, and beautifully written book, Sheinkin delves into the life of Daniel Ellsberg, former Pentagon consultant and a self-described “cold warrior,” who gradually made an about-face with regard to America’s presence in Vietnam. Ellsberg famously leaked the Pentagon Papers, a lengthy document written by military insiders about […]

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano | SLJ Review

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SLJ’s starred review of Sonia Manzano—Sesame Street‘s “Maria”—YA memoir.

“The Nonfiction Minute” Resumes September 8

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Popular resource The Nonfiction Minute will resume in September in time for the 2015–16 school year. Daily posts by award-winning authors will include a corresponding audio version, enabling less-fluent readers to listen and follow along.

Video: Daniel José Older Talks to Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s ‘Maria,’ About Her Memoir

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SLJ had the opportunity of pairing two Latino authors—Daniel José Older and Sonia Manzano, an award-winning author and acclaimed actress who originated the iconic role of “Maria” on Sesame Street—in a conversation about Manzano’s first memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.

The Sound And The Fury | SLJ Spotlight

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Two nonfiction titles speak on the power of music.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall | SLJ Review

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MATTICK, Lindsay. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. illus. by Sophie Blackall. 56p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2015. Tr ISBN 9780316324908. LC 2014041128.
K-Gr 3–This sweet tale of the black bear that inspired the legendary children’s book character Winnie-the-Pooh will resonate with readers. In the framing story, a mother tells her son, Cole, a bedtime tale about how veterinarian Harry Colebourn, a young Canadian soldier on his way to train and fight in Europe during World War […]

The Wolf-Birds by Willow Dawson | SLJ Review

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DAWSON, Willow. The Wolf-Birds. illus. by Willow Dawson. 40p. bibliog. Owlkids. Sept. 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771470544. LC 2015900227.
K-Gr 2–This attractive picture book portrays the relationship between wolves and ravens, explaining how these birds often lead wolves to prey that both creatures can then eat. Having lost the chase of an evasive bison, the cold, wandering wolves follow a familiar cry, “the sound of hungry ravens!” Working together, wolves and “wolf-birds” track and hunt prey to keep starvation at bay […]

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown | SLJ Review

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BROWN, Don. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. illus. by Don Brown. 96p. bibliog. ebook available. notes. HMH. Aug. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544157774.
Gr 7 Up–A murky watercolor storm spreads across pages, darkening and becoming more ominous as it builds in Brown’s deeply affecting look at Hurricane Katrina. Dynamic sketches capture shocking scenes, such as residents fleeing down claustrophobic highways as the 400-mile-wide storm looms in a nearly completely dark spread. Brown depicts broken levees, flooded homes, and inhabitants […]

Strike Up the Band | M.T. Anderson and the Story Behind the Leningrad Symphony

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SLJ chats with M.T. Anderson, SummerTeen speaker, about his first work of narrative nonfiction, Symphony for the City of the Dead, and the power of music to change lives and make history.

Review of the Day: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Review of the Day: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower By Greg Pizzoli Viking (an imprint of Penguin Group USA) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-01652-5 Ages 8-11 On shelves now I was listening to a favorite podcast of mine the other day when the panelists began discussing the difference between heist films and […]

In the Most Recent Issue of SLJ

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of School Library Journal.   Rockin’ the Boat: 50 […]

Nonfiction Monday: The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond

Nonfiction Monday: The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond

The Blue Whale By Jenni Desmond Enchanted Lion Books ISBN: 9781592701650 $17.95 Grades K-4 Out May 27, 2015 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library There are things we know, but we don’t really know. Example: anyone from 2-200 can tell you that blue whales are big. Very very big. Got it. Often that’s […]

Sign Language Primers, Graphic Guide to Science, and Selections on the Civil Rights Movement | Nonfiction Series Update

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SLJ presents Nonfiction Series Update, continuations in ongoing series that are not to be missed. This installment, check out the latest on animals, sign language, cell division, civil rights, and more.

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

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | February 2015

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Animals dominated the starred reviews this February, from plucky poultry to a runaway tiger cub to the fabulous world of hippos.

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

Dreaming in Indian

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Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices, edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy Annick Press, July 2014 Reviewed from final copy I’m a day late in getting to this one because I just finished it. With no digital copies available, and my usual source without it in stock, I had to wait on […]

Nonfiction Monday: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Nonfiction Monday: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower By Greg Pizzoli Viking (Penguin) ISBN: 9780670016525 $17.99 Grades 2-4 Out March 10, 2015 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library The Big Con. It’s an idea so captivating that countless books have been written about pulling […]

Partial Non-Fiction Roundup Part Two

Partial Non-Fiction Roundup Part Two

Hello! I hope your 2015 is going well! We are getting closer and closer to the big, Printzly reveal, you know. And in the interest of getting through a few more titles on our long (and always growing, it seems) list, here’s another nonfiction roundup. This time, we’re looking at three of the five finalists […]

Partial Non-Fiction Roundup

Partial Non-Fiction Roundup

We’ve got a small list of nonfiction titles to go through today — all with starred reviews, and two on year’s best lists. These are all good non-fiction, solid reads. I liked them. Understand: these are no frogs here, and I enjoyed the kisses very much. Buuuuuut… I’m not convinced that they’ll be talked about […]

SLJ Reviews and Resources for YALSA 2015 Morris and Nonfiction Finalists

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Awards season is well underway in the children’s and YA lit world, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) made its contribution last week when it revealed the shortlists for its nonfiction and debut YA awards. SLJ has compiled the full reviews and resources for each of the finalists.

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

Give this a try.  Scan any (or all) of the four QR codes on these two images. What you’ll discover is that the codes lead to ABDO books that become instantly readable on your mobile device.  No password needed.  No wait.  No checkout.  No barrier between reader and book. For librarians, ebooks have long represented […]