April 23, 2017

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SLJ Xpress Reviews

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

Audio Book Xpress Review | April 2017

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A historical romance that takes place in 14th-century England.

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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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A story about a likable girl who’s finally old enough to ride a horse; a Dutch classic children’s book featuring a boy named Pluck; and Super Turbo fights off a hoard of flying ninja squirrels

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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Margaret Atwood’s part man, part cat, part bird superhero returns; also, a little something to interest die-hard fans of the Beatles.

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Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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A fictional account of real-life Civil War spy, Mary Bowser; a brand-new series that takes place in the Star Wars universe; and the second installment of Kate O’Hearn’s Norse mythology-inspired series

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YA Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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The second installment of Michael Grant’s “Front Lines” series, a debut about a 17-year-old who can’t feel pain, and the conclusion to Kevin Waltman’s “D-Bow’s High School Hoops” series.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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A biography of Japanese American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu; a delightful introduction to the Jewish holiday Purim starring a quirky chicken; and the true story of Kunkush the cat, who reunited with his Iraqi family after getting lost while fleeing the country.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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An artful alphabet book; a little girl imagines she has a dinosaur as a pet (don’t we all?); and a Spanish-language book about a horse who is mistaken for a unicorn by the other farm animals.

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YA Xpress Reviews | March 2017

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A clever and intriguing love story, diverse speculative fiction, and more.

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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | March 2017

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The Super Happy Party Bears return; animal adventures galore.

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Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | March 2017

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A beautifully written tearjerker from David Almond, the story of the Constitution, and a poignant, powerful immigrant story.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | March 2017

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Simone Biles soars; a primer on gender identity; and an overview of reptiles.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | March 2017

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Superheroes of all stripes, from a Good Samaritan to a bird/cat hybrid. Plus, the Spanish translation of Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts, something for Legends of Zelda fans, and more.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | March 2017

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A most unusual Passover story, the latest “Pig in a Wig” book, and a vibrant springtime tale.

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A lumbering yet loquacious ox wins over a glamorous yet conceited gazelle via the power of the pen in this epistolary picture book.

Middle Grade Xpress Reviews | February 2017

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A can’t-miss title from the late Terry Pratchett, Truly Lovejoy rides again, and another installment in the “Story Thieves” series.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | February 2017

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A truly vast array of informational materials, from a glimpse at the inspiring female athletes of the 2016 Olympic Games to a Chickasaw astronaut’s story to Donna Jo Napoli’s Tales from the Arabian Nights.

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Picture Books Xpress Reviews | February 2017

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A heartfelt, age-appropriate take on homelesssness; a fun and quirky magician tale; and a rollicking STEM read-aloud.

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YA Xpress Reviews | February 2017

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YA titles featuring Jason Bourne–esque adventures and nonstop sci-fi action are bound to please teen readers.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | February 2017

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A manga version of Jane Eyre, something to please Walking Dead fans, and The First Teen President.

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Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | January 2017

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Larger-than-life personalities make up much of this latest batch of graphic novels.

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