July 24, 2017

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ALA 2017: Find the SLJ Team at These Sessions

Like kids in a candy store, conference attendees are making tough choices on which sessions to savor. Here, the SLJ team reveals what’s on their short lists.

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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia | SLJ Review

WILLIAMS-GARCIA, Rita. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. 176p. HarperCollins/ Amistad. May 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062215918.

Gr 4-6 –Clayton Byrd has some complicated relationships in his family. His strict, demanding mother refuses to marry his father, but allows him to be a presence in Clayton’s life. Clayton adores his grandfather, “Cool Papa,” though his mother does not. Cool Papa nurtures Clayton in many ways—cooking his favorite foods, reading to him each night, and teaching him the harmonica and the blues. […]

32 Stellar Titles | May 2017

Andrea Cheng’s lovely sequel to The Year of the Book, the skinny on our canine companions, Rita Williams-Garcia’s newest work of middle grade fiction.

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Kings of the Court & Loving Lizards | Middle Grade Audio Coming in May

Titles from Rita Williams-Garcia, Matt Christopher, Gail Carson Levine, and more coming to audio this spring.

Cover Reveal: And it’s for my own book!!!

Ladies and gentlemen . . . the moment I’ve been waiting for. Wait! Wait!  Background information first! So for years I worked as a children’s librarian and I’d get girl after girl after girl coming up to my desk asking for funny books.  I credit some of this to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  The […]

Fusenews: The bumps on the tongue just add insult to injury

Good morning, campers!  Are we ironing out the last of the holiday season from our socks?  Are we eyeing our decorations with a jaded eye?  Well, wonderful news!  2016 is on the horizon and I bring you news of the peppy variety.  Packed deep in snow, no less, since I appear to be living in […]

Fuse 8 TV: Rita Williams-Garcia

“Who can turn the stove on with her smile? / Who can take a bubble bath and suddenly fill it with crocodiles?”* If you answered: Rita Williams-Garcia then you are more than correct!  The illustrious, charming, all around nice woman stopped by the Harper Collins offices to do a little talky talk with me the […]

Hank Williams, the Red Scare, and the Finale to an Unforgettable Trilogy | Fiction Grades 5-8

The latest middle grade books take on myriad subjects, from a boy struggling to understand the Red Scare to a young girl expressing her life through letters to her pen pal, Hank Williams. And finally, don’t miss Gone Crazy in Alabama, which finishes off the trilogy that began with One Crazy Summer.

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Resources for Award-Winning Middle Grade Fiction │JLG’s Booktalks to Go

With the award season in full swing, how can you make the best use of the wonderful books you’re adding to your collection? Junior Library Guild’s Deborah B. Ford offers booktalks and resources for acclaimed fiction titles for elementary readers.

Pick of the Day: P.S. Be Eleven | Audio

P.S. Be Eleven, Rita Williams-Garcia’s sequel to her Coretta Scott King award-winning One Crazy Summer, offers offering insight into the African-American experience of the 1960s as seen through a young girl’s eyes. Sisi Aisha Johnson’s narration of the audiobook is spot-on. Check out the starred review.

Pitch-Perfect Middle Grade Novels | JLG’s On the Radar

From Rita Willams-Garcia’s P.S. Be Eleven to Cynthia Kadohata’s The Thing About Luck, these middle grade novels selected by Junior Library Guild editors showcase plucky protagonists who learn to forge their own paths despite the circumstances that come their way.

Authors and Illustrators Share Their Holiday Memories, Part 2

This week, authors Rita Williams-Garcia, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and Mac Barnett share their stories of the season with SLJ.