August 21, 2017

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As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds | SLJ Review

REYNOLDS, Jason. As Brave as You. 410p. S. & S./Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks. May 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481415903.
Gr 5-8–Reynolds’s engaging middle grade debut stars 11-year-old African American Genie Harris, an inveterate worrywart who considers Google his best friend, and his older brother Ernie, who is well on his way to being a cool dude (sunglasses and all). The born and bred Brooklynites are to spend a month with their grandparents in rural Virginia while their parents take a long overdue […]

A Chat with Brian Farrey About “The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse”

Brian Farrey’s latest middle grade novel has all the magical details and atmospheric elements that fantasy readers crave—along with some deep and thought-provoking themes. SLJ chats with the author about exploring fundamental questions of ethics and emotions with middle graders through literature.

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | April 2016

From the latest offerings by Printz winners Nick Lake and John Corey Whaley to Molly Idle’s Flora’s most recent adventure, SLJ’s April 2016 starred titles will inspire children and teens to keep the pages turning.

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SLJ’s Starred Reviews | March 2016

Check out SLJ’s March 2016 starred titles, from Corinne Duyvis’s sophomore effort, On the Edge of Gone, and Stonewall-winning Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You.

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SLJ’s Starred Reviews | February 2016

The best of the best this month includes National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie’s debut picture book; Meg Medina’s latest, an intense YA set in 1977 against the backdrops of the Son of Sam murders; and another dazzler from Mara Rockliff and Bruno Iacopo.

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SLJ’s Starred Reviews | January 2016

Don’t miss the best of what SLJ’s January stars have to offer: George O’Connor’s latest “Olympians” installment, the adventures of Clementine’s pal Waylon, and Tim Federle’s YA debut.

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SLJ’s Starred Reviews | December 2015

From Marilyn Nelson’s sublime poetic reimagining of the Seneca Village to Ruta Sepetys’s latest novel to Douglas Florian’s delightful musings on rabbits, this month’s starred titles are by turns gentle, funny, poignant, and deeply moving.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | SLJ Review

Rainbow Rowell’s latest YA is inspired by the fictional world of Simon Snow first introduced in Fangirl. So very meta.

The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst | SLJ Review

Durst, Sarah Beth. The Girl Who Could Not Dream. 384p. Clarion. Nov. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544464971.

Gr 4-6–Middle school is rough even for ordinary kids, but Sophie is anything but ordinary. For one thing, her parents run a secret underground shop, where they distill, bottle, and sell dreams. Sophie herself has a special power that allows her to bring elements of the dream realm into the real world with her. Worries about getting her homework done and not having anyone […]

About a Girl by Sarah McCarry | SLJ Review

MCCARRY, Sarah. About a Girl. 272p. ebook available. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250068620.
Gr 10 Up–The conclusion to the “Metamorphoses” trilogy (St. Martin’s) follows Tally to a small town outside of Seattle where she seeks out her maybe-father to learn more about her past and her family. The place feels full of magic and people who intrigue her. Tally has a hard time thinking straight here, and her dreams are filled with vivid and terrifying images of blood. She […]