May 25, 2017

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Debut Author Sarah Prager on LGBTQ History for Teens

Prager’s Queer, There, and Everywhere celebrates LGBTQ history-makers, from Frida Kahlo to Harvey Milk.

13 Must-Read Titles for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with novels and works of nonfiction that highlight the Asian American experience.

5 Nonfiction Titles (and a Graphic Novel!) for Those Who Love the Sea

Just in time for summer are a number of well-written titles for beachgoers and budding marine biologists alike

A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human by Kay Frydenborg | SLJ Review

FRYDENBORG, Kay. A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human. 256p. bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. HMH. Mar. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544286566.

Gr 7 Up –It may come as no surprise that our canine companions descended from wolves, but this title describes a coevolution and cooperation with humans that may have begun much earlier than scientists once estimated. The 1994 discovery and carbon dating of tracks of a wolflike dog and a […]

SLJ’s April 2017 Popular Picks

The latest thriller from Cristin Terrill, a feminist primer for little ones, and a heartfelt memoir by a BuzzFeed editor.

California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas by Pénélope Bagieu | SLJ Review

BAGIEU, Pénélope. California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas. illus. by Pénélope Bagieu. 272p. bibliog. ebook available. First Second. Mar. 2017. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781626725461.

Gr 9 Up –Long before she was a singing icon, Ellen Cohen was a middle child in an average Baltimore family. Shortly after finishing high school, she went full-force into her quest to become a musical star, adopting the moniker Cass Elliot. Set primarily against the backdrop of the 1960s, this […]

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner | SLJ Audio Review

TURNER, Pamela S. Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune. 4 CDs. 4:51 hrs. Recorded Books. Oct. 2016. $46.75. ISBN 9781501936265.

Gr 7 Up –Combining action, history, and excellent descriptions, this book shares the story of Yoshitsune, a most unlikely samurai. Spared after his father attacked a rival, Yoshitsune was raised by monks and later received instruction in the way of the samurai. Yoshitsune pledged his loyalty to his half brother Yoritomo and performed many heroic feats. Unfortunately, […]

Come On in, America: The United States in World War I by Linda Osborne | SLJ Review

OSBORNE, Linda Barrett. Come On in, America: The United States in World War I. 176p. bibliog. index. photos. reprods. Abrams. Mar. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781419723780.

Gr 9 Up –What begins as an overview of U.S. involvement in World War I expands into how the Great War impacted the lives of Americans at home and on the battlefield. Osborne effectively juxtaposes issues such as censorship, propaganda, prejudice, discrimination, and violence that arose in the United States against the democratic […]

Vincent and Theo: The van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman | SLJ Review

HEILIGMAN, Deborah. Vincent and Theo: The van Gogh Brothers. 464p. bibliog. chron. ebook available. index. notes. reprods. Holt. Apr. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780805093391.

Gr 7 Up –Central to understanding the artist Vincent van Gogh was his relationship with his younger brother Theo, recorded for posterity in the nearly 700 surviving letters they wrote to each other. Here, Heiligman delivers an exquisitely told, heartfelt portrayal of that deep emotional and intellectual bond. It was an attachment solidified in the […]

Motor Girls!: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century by Sue Macy | SLJ Review

MACY, Sue. Motor Girls!: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century. 96p. further reading. notes. photos. websites. National Geographic. Feb. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781426326974.

Gr 6 Up –This meticulously researched account of early automobiles and women is an excellent companion to Macy’s previous title Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). Macy delves into early automobile history through the use of primary […]

Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt by George O’Connor | SLJ Review

O’CONNOR, George. Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt. illus. by George O’Connor. 80p. (Olympians: Bk. 9). bibliog. further reading. notes. First Second. Jan. 2017. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781626725225. POP

Gr 4-8 –With the latest in his series of books focused on the Greek deities, O’Connor brings to life the goddess of the hunt. Various individuals share anecdotes, weaving a nuanced portrait of Artemis: formidable, quick-witted, occasionally cruel, yet always deeply devoted to the natural world and intensely protective of […]

The Champ is Here | SLJ Spotlight

A mix of picture book and YA biographies that focus on well-known athletes who not only excelled in their respective leagues but also created lasting cultural change.

Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw, and Speak About Feminism for the Real World ed. by Kelly Jensen | SLJ Review

JENSEN, Kelly, ed. Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw, and Speak About Feminism for the Real World. illus. by Laura Palese. 240p. further reading. illus. photos. websites. Algonquin. Jan. 2017. pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781616205867.

Gr 7 Up –The ever-evolving concept of feminism is approached through a variety of mediums, from essays and drawings to comics and poems, in this fantastic collected work. In six chapters, more than 40 contributors explore how necessary feminism is for both women and […]