May 25, 2017

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SLJ Xpress Reviews

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

YA: Outlandish Fantasy & Poignant Realistic Fiction | June 2017 Xpress Reviews

The newest YA titles include both action-packed fantasy set in long-ago worlds and insightful realistic fiction about identity and the coming-of-age process.

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Picture Books: New Reads from Cynthia Rylant, Adam Rubin, & More | June 2017 Xpress Reviews

Adam Rubin delivers another taco-loving dragon tale; Cynthia Rylant retells “Beauty and the Beast.”

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Nonfiction: The Buzz on Bees, Dipping into Chocolate | June 2017 Xpress Reviews

The latest nonfiction titles cover a variety of topics, from chocolate to bees, from eccentric inventors to Jackie Kennedy.

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Middle Grade: New Titles from Sophie Cleverly, Chris Grabenstein, & More | June 2017 Xpress Reviews

The latest crop of middle grade reads include Sophie Cleverly’s latest “Ivy and Scarlet” and Chris Grabenstein’s Beach Party Surf Monkey.

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Chapter Books: Sherlock Sam and Police Dog Fizz Jump into Action | June 2017 Xpress Reviews

The adventures of a police dog named Fizz, Sherlock Sam, and more.

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Graphic Novels: The Latest from Bryan Lee O’Malley and the Archie Universe | June 2017 Xpress Reviews

“Scott Pilgrim” author Bryan Lee O’Malley unveils a new heroine, Snot Girl; fans of the Archie comics are in for a treat.

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YA: Mean Girls, “Mad Miss Mimic,” and Mars | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

Eve Darrows delivers a poignant, gripping exploration of bullying; Sarah Henster’s latest is sure to please fans of Victoriana; and Jonathan Maberry takes a trip to Mars.

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Middle Grade: An Immigrant’s Story, Lucha Libre, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

A young Congolese refugee faces her first year in America; Xavier Garza throws down another installment in the “Lucha Libre Adventures”; and more.

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Picture Books: Fatherhood, Fears, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

A young girl describes the challenges and rewards of life with her sister and father; a young boy left at home alone faces his fears; and more.

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Nonfiction: Yoga, Space, Sharks, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

Yoga poses for those about to head off to bed, an exciting exploration of Apollo 13, and more.

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Chapter Books: Mysteries, Friendship, and Invisible Cats | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

Andrea Cheng follows up her The Year of the Book with a stellar prequel; meet Squishy McFluff, an invisible cat; and solve mysteries with King and Kayla.

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Graphic Novels: The Latest from Matt Kindt, Margaret Atwood, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

An undersea adventure, another “Angel Catbird” volume, and a graphic novel look at Colonial America.

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Audio Book Xpress Review | April 2017

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

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Chapter Books Xpress Reviews | April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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