November 21, 2017

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SLJ Xpress Reviews

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

Nonfiction: The Solar System, Sustainability, and Wacky Inventions | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

These nonfiction titles run the gamut! One author takes (figurative) selfies through our solar system; wacky inventions will inspire young problem solvers; Stacey Kravetz delivers an entrepreneurial guide for girls.

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Middle Grade: New Titles from J.K. Rowling, Margarita Engle, & More | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

Mysteries abound in this month’s middle grade reviews! Sherlock’s creator gets a tween-aged overhaul in Robert J. Harris’s new novel, and Susan Vaught’s super sleuth Max solves mysteries when she’s not drag racing in her wheelchair.

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Chapter Books: Creepy Capers & Newfound Friendships | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s chapter book reviews feature young detectives, facetious fables, and fun-loving felines.

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DVD: Folk Tales, Eco-Activism, & Art as Therapy | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

Timeless folk tales are rejuvenated for a young audience; two documentaries explore the poor effects of artificial light on fireflies; an analysis of the Battle of Waterloo.

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YA: Quirky Romance, Tough Decisions, & a Timely “Tick Tock Man” | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s YA web-only reviews feature a new voice in gritty contemporary fiction, a teenage spin on Yoruba folklore, the psychological push-pull of social media mind games, and more.

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YA: New Titles from Joseph Bruchac, Victoria Schwab, & More | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s YA Xpress Reviews are bound to please fans of ongoing series. Joseph Bruchac brings his “Killer of Enemies” trilogy to a close, Victoria Schwab presents the latest installment in the “Monsters of Verity” series.

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Chapter Books: A Class Pet Runs Amok, Adventures in the Toy Kingdom | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

Readers learn about a land where toys come to life; a class pet named Fergus takes a trip; and Blake Hoena presents a tale of four unexpected monster heroes.

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Picture Books: New Titles from Mo Willems, Jane Ray, & More | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

Mo Willems presents a guide to welcoming new additions to the family; Jane Ray breathes new life into an Indian folktale.

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Graphic Novels: Dumas Revisited, a New Title from Lorena Alvarez, & More | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s graphic novels reviews include a manga retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo and Lorena Alvarez’s stellar Nightlights.

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Nonfiction: Career Guidance, Garbage Galore, and Homework Help | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s nonfiction Xpress Reviews include a volume aimed at students in need of some tips on doing homework, a primer on careers working with animals, and much more.

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Middle Grade: The Latest from Erin Hunter, Rachel Renée Russell, & More | July 2017 Xpress Reviews

Rachel Renée Russell delivers another “Misadventures of Max Crumbly” title”; Erin Hunter begins a new series.

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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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