November 21, 2017

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SLJ Xpress Reviews

Select, web-only reviews of children’s and YA books and media.

Picture Books: Excellent Bilingual Books and Sleepy Sheep | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A trio of friends work through jealousy; a delightful Spanish language retelling of a classic fairy tale; an engaging introduction to maps and directions and much more in this month’s picture book Xpress.

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Middle Grade: New Titles from Frances Hardinge, Mariko Tamaki & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A fur trapper makes a mysterious friend; a “Beyond Baylor” supernatural sequel; the Lumberjanes get a middle grade makeover and much more in November’s middle grade Xpress.

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Graphic Novels: an Eccentric Ornithologist and a Friendly Shadow | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

The life of the famous John Audubon is explored and a sweetly spooky tale blends fact with fantasy in November’s Xpress graphic novels.

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YA: Stellar New Titles from John Green, Philip Pullman, Libba Bray, & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

New fantasy titles from Bray and Pullman; John Green’s Turtles is a hit; and an exciting LGBTQ anthology are among November’s YA Xpress.

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Nonfiction: Quirky Cuisine, Poetry, Earth Science & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

Two contemporary poetry titles, additions to the “Ranger Rick” series and much more in this month’s nonfiction Xpress.

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Chapter Books: an Inquisitive Animal and a Sweet Sleuth | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A meerkat explores his world and Dotty Detective is on the case in November’s middle grade Xpress.

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Chapter Books: Tales of a Monarch and Silly Top-Secret Missions | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

The mythology of Queen Quetzalpapalotl is explored in Maria the Monarch; a magic pear tree helps Shu-Li and her friends; Little House on the Prairie gets a treatment for young readers in October’s Xpress.

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Middle Grade: Michael Morpurgo’s Retelling of “Oz,” David Barclay Moore’s Stellar Debut, & More | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

A sweetly spooky tale of loss; an action-packed murder mystery set in the 1920s; and a “Frazzled” series sequel in October’s middle grade Xpress.

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YA: Love Across Dimensions, Strong Female Protagonists, & Leigh Bardugo’s New “Language” | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

In this month’s Xpress, we have new titles from Leigh Bardugo and Stephanie Kate Strohm; a young Bermudian girl protests injustice; and Hawaiian teens Jaya and Rasa weave a compelling love story.

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13 Nonfiction Titles for Kids and Teens | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

A bevy of nonfiction titles on such topics as deadly animals, political revolution, and more.

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Graphic Novels: New Titles from Liniers, Jen Lee, & More | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

October’s Xpress graphic novels feature an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book; an eerie tale of a young piano prodigy; and a “Not-So Secret” series starter.

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Picture Books: Seasonal Stories, Unicorns, & Applesauce | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s Xpress reviews features furry friends having adventures, tasty winter treats, and a dandy young monster.

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Graphic Novels: The Wonderful World of Germs | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

A vibrant graphic novel explores the wonders of the human immune system in this month’s Xpress review.

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Middle Grade: New Titles from Jason Reynolds, Alan Gratz, Robert Beatty, & More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

Strong female protagonists survive and thrive in Beatty and Reynolds’ sequels; fiction and math mix in a bilingual “One Minute Mysteries” installment.

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Chapter Books: How To Survive the U.S. Revolution and Addled Adults | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

In this month’s reviews, Lauren Tarshis continues the “I Survived” series with the American Revolution, and a Spanish-language caper reminiscent of Roald Dahl provides action and amusement.

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Nonfiction from Clinton, Tonatiuh, & More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

New books from Clinton, Tonatiuh, and others.

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Picture Books: An African Orchestra, Young Magicians, and More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

A lyrical picture book explores Africa’s natural music; little Raybot gets a sibling; and three picture books deal uniquely with the marvels of magic in this month’s reviews.

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YA with Native Characters, Feminist Fantasy, and More | September 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s roundup of web-exclusive reviews include new works from Tim Tingle, Melanie Florence, and Sarah Rees Brennan.

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Graphic Novels: The Origin of Buddhism & Outlandish Academic Adventures | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

A unique graphic novel explores the foundation of Buddhism; clever cousins use science to battle evil; a superhero balances school with saving the day.

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Picture Books: A Thailand Tale, A Ninja Adventure, & More | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

August’s Xpress picture book reviews feature a bilingual retelling of a Paiute legend, an alphabet book with a Yukon twist, and much more.

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