November 29, 2015

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Lockwood & Co.: The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud | SLJ Review

Lockwood & Co

STROUD, Jonathan. The Hollow Boy. 400p. (Lockwood & Co.: Bk. 3). Disney-Hyperion. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781484709689.

Gr 5-8-As in the previous volumes, The Screaming Staircase (2013) and The Whispering Skull (2014, both Disney-Hyperion), the latest escapades of Lockwood and Co., a ghost-hunting agency staffed by the crack team of Anthony Lockwood, George Cubbins, and Lucy Carlyle, start with a hair-raising scene of murder, mayhem, and ghostly apparitions. Narrator Lucy finds herself on shaky ground as her ability to speak to ghosts grows ever more […]

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 Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan | SLJ Review


Get ready for long holds lists for Rick Riordan’s newest mythology inspired series.

Stop Calling Them “Young Adult” Books, Teens Say

Stephanie Retblatt (left) moderates the all-teen panel “Suburban Teens on Reading, the Young Adult Label and More” at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Eight high school students sounded off about the “YA” label, print books versus ebooks, and why they read what they read during a panel discussion at the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Pick of the Day: Shadow and Bone (Audio)

shadow and bone

Fans of dark fantasy, adventure, suspense, and magic will enjoy Leigh Bardugo’s novel, Shadow and Bone. Narrator Amanda Dolan masterfully brings Alina’s world of magic and monsters to life. Be sure to read the starred review of the first audiobook in the author’s “Grisha Trilogy.”

Pick of the Day: Out of This Place (Audio)

out of this place

Three friends who want to leave high school and move on describe their anguish in Emma Cameron’s novel, Out of This Place, written in verse. Three narrators tell the story from alternating points of view. Read this starred review

‘Code Name Verity,’ ‘The Quick Fix’ Win Edgars


The Mystery Writers of America has named Code Name Verity and The Quick Fix winners of the youth 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television.

MWA Announces 2013 Edgar Awards Nominees


The Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for its 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television from the previous year, in celebration of the 204th anniversary of Poe’s birth.