January 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 9 Up –This first in a companion series to Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy introduces listeners to a familiar world through the eyes of Malcolm Polstead, an innkeeper’s son in Oxford.

Honey by David Ezra Stein | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –The curious young bear from Leaves returns for “his second year,” fresh from hibernation and eager for the taste of honey.

A Seal Named Patches by Roxanne & Patrick Robinson | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –In this beautifully presented science-focused narrative, readers follow the progress of a team of scientists trying to locate Patches, a Weddell seal.

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Morris and Brown share the story of their daughter, 12-year-old Maddie, a charming young lady who loves mustaches, potatoes, and performing on stage—especially while wearing a mustache!

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –A year has passed since the events of Scythe and Scythe Anastasia, once known as Citra Terranova, lives with her mentor, Scythe Marie Curie, and performs her gleanings in relative peace despite causing a rift in the Scythedom by giving her subjects a month to choose how they want to be gleaned, aka killed.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse. Every day and every night, the lighthouse guides the way for passing ships, as its keeper tends to the light and writes in his guidebook.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Gr 6 Up –Set in France, this work of historical fiction centers on Frances, a lowly dressmaker in a shop.

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 7 Up –After the sudden death of her Aunt Magnolia, 18-year-old Jane is orphaned, directionless, and alone.

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Scott Ferdowsi cannot commit to anything. He has written a novel with only three chapters and he quits his summer internship after only one week.

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Emma Blue inherited a passion for gaming and video game development from her father.

Revolting Rhymes | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 1-5 –Adapted from the six-poem collection by Roald Dahl, this excellent production mashes the tales together and frames them brilliantly.

Refugee by Alan Gratz | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 3-7–The term “refugee” is constantly in the news. In direct response, Gratz gets personal with desensitizing statistics, policies, and politics by giving names, families, and histories to three tweens fleeing three countries during three time periods.

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –Part historical fiction, part critical problem-solving exercise, part suspenseful mystery, this story weaves through the past and present of one town’s struggle with hatred and racism.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 9 Up –Eighteen-year-old Marin is paralyzed with grief. Following the unexpected death of the beloved grandfather who raised her, Marin flees California to New York and college, abandoning her support system.

Snowy Owl Invasion! by Sandra Markle | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –In 2013, snowy owls made an unusual trip south, but that detour is only part of the story acclaimed science writer Markle shares in her latest book.

Kate, Who Tamed The Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –Young Kate helps tame the wind that disrupts the life of a man living atop a steep hill by planting a stand of aspen trees.

School’s First Day of School | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 2 –School has just been built and he is looking good. However, now that it’s the first day of school, he’s a bit nervous. What’s going to happen?

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman | SLJ Review

Gr 5-8 –Under the tutelage of her stepfather, artist Jacob Marrel, young teen Maria Sibylla Merian developed her artistic talent and found ways to combine it with her interest and careful observation of caterpillars, moths, and butterflies.

When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –A compelling, character-driven, and imaginative novel. The Vasquez children have a gaping hole in their hearts; but the summer after their father leaves them, they are visited by Luz (an alien), and the hole is filled.

Loving Vs. Virginia | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 8 Up –This year marks the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down laws barring interracial marriage.