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November 21, 2014

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The Gospel of Winter

The Gospel of Winter

The Gospel of Winter, Brendan Kiely Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster), January 2014 Reviewed from ARC It’s so hard when a book is completely admirable and worthy of discussion and yet I just can’t like it. Because now I’m torn between wanting lots of discussion on this and also wanting to move on to [...]

Afterworlds

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Three stars! Two plots for the price of one! Paranormal romance WITH commentary on the paranormal romance genre! A book for book lovers! Publishing trivia sprinkled throughout! Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld is a door stopper of a book with a lot to say — about the intricacies of publishing, the craft of writing, the art [...]

Halloween Reading

Halloween Reading

The days grow shorter. The evenings grow darker. You’re trying to figure out a costume to wear to school next Friday. In the spirit of the season, we review three new novels for those seeking a thrill this Halloween. Edgar Cantero’s first book in English, The Supernatural Enhancements, is a secret society mystery/haunted house gothic [...]

Noggin

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Noggin, John Corey Whaley Atheneum Books for Young Readers, April 2014 Reviewed from ARC I need to be up front about something. I loved Where Things Come Back. I know it wasn’t a favorite ’round these parts, but I was impressed with the nuance and ambition in its debut author’s writing. John Corey Whaley’s Printz-winning novel [...]

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón

Draw! By Raúl Colón Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442494923 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Bullish times for wordless picture books, eh? Whereas in the past it seemed there were illustrators who focused specifically on books without words (Barbara Lehman comes to mind), now more than ever it [...]

Little Blue Lies

Little Blue Lies

Little Blue Lies, Chris Lynch Simon & Schuster, March 2014 Reviewed from ARC Printz Honor Book author Chris Lynch’s latest novel is a brief, quirky tale of two teens who aren’t meant to be together. No, they’re not star-crossed lovers, rather Oliver and Junie’s relationship is too glib and shallow to ever have been the [...]

A Whole Lotta Secrets

A Whole Lotta Secrets

Today we begin with a psychological mystery then highlight two thrillers, one suspense-filled, another action-packed. I am excited to recommend Tana French’s new Dublin Murder Squad novel to teen readers. I have enjoyed French’s novels since her 2007 debut, In the Woods. She is among the finest literary crime novelists writing today, and in The [...]

Review: Dork Diaries 7

Review: Dork Diaries 7

Dork Diaries was by far the most requested series in my library this year, maybe only second to The Hunger Games and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The diary format, the illustrated novel, and the humor make this series a surefire hit. Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star By Rachel Renee Russell [...]

Children’s Book Author and Toymaker Tim Kehoe Dies at 43

Tim Kehoe

Timothy Kehoe, author of The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow and its sequel The Top Secret Toys died unexpectedly in St. Paul, Minnesota at age 43 on February 27, reports the Star Tribune.

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life By Lois Ehlert Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442435711 $17.99 Grades K-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If you’re thinking of challenging an illustrator to an autobiography-off, just don’t. Oh, you already did it? Look, there’s no shame in bending [...]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

Book hope springs eternal. It’s time to take a look at ten titles that I’m excited about for spring. Picture Books Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet May 13, 2014 | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1 I’m a sucker for inventive picture books and Hervé Tullet is the master of this realm. This [...]

Roundup: All the Books

Roundup: All the Books

Okay, not all the books, but three books for the price of one post: The Golden Day, Winger, and The Midnight Dress. (It was going to be four books, because I stayed up way too late reading More Than This the other night, but I think I need to sit on that for another day [...]

From Serial Killers to Fairy Tales

From Serial Killers to Fairy Tales

We do run the gamut here at AB4T. Quite a variety to introduce today, but all three fall under the broad category of speculative fiction.

SLJ Talks to National Book Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata

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Elizabeth Bird interviews Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the 2013 National Book Award in the category of Young People’s Literature for her “truly original, honestly heartfelt middle-grade novel, The Thing About Luck, in our January 2014 cover story.

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Message or Masterpiece (Or, Does the Problem Novel Still Exist?)

Message or Masterpiece (Or, Does the Problem Novel Still Exist?)

Today we’re running a roundup of books that we think are worth discussing because they are in the top, say, 100 of the year. But they aren’t quite there, and we don’t think they’ll go the distance. And to make the post about more than just a series of short reviews, we’ve limited today’s roundup [...]

Fiction about War

Fiction about War

Roxana Robinson‘s Sparta joins last year’s excellent additions to literature about war (both of which ended up on our Best of the Year list — The Yellow Birds and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk). Like those novels, Sparta‘s power comes from an examination of what happens when a young soldier returns home. Her research into the [...]

Simon & Schuster Spring Kids 2014 | Preview Peek

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Simon & Schuster’s spring book preview this week in New York City featured both rising and long-shining stars. Jason Reynolds, poet and debut author of the urban teen tale When I Was the Greatest, charmed the audience with stories of his upbringing in Brooklyn, while collage artist and picture book author Lois Ehlert closed the program by speaking about her own childhood in Wisconsin.

Simon & Schuster Fall Kids | Preview Peek

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Simon & Schuster’s recent preview of its fall children’s books in New York City was a unique, and unprecedented, opportunity for celebration this year, as librarians and teachers gathered during the event to help celebrate award-winning author/illustrator Ashley Bryan’s 90th birthday. Bryan was in attendance to present his newest book Can’t Scare Me, which debuts next month.

Weekly Reviews: Weird Science

Following Stiff, Spook, Bonk and Packing for Mars, Mary Roach is back with Gulp, in which she maintains her punning, entertaining writing style, as well as her willingness to go to the gross-out extreme. There were actually moments in this book that made me nauseous, and there is one chapter in particular that I believe [...]

Review: Dork Diaries 3 1/2, 4, & 5

The Dork Diaries has been steadily circulating in my middle school library for some time now, but for the last 5 months, this series has been the most requested and on the top 10 list of items circulated since September. The series reads like Diary of a Wimpy Kid but actually skews to a younger [...]