February 21, 2018

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Artistic Bonds, Gender-Bending Memoirs, and a New Look at Ernest Shackleton | Nonfiction Grades 5 and Up

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August 2014 SLJ Stars.

redstarFleischman, Paul. Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines. 208p. bibliog. chart. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Candlewick. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763671020; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780763675455. LC 2013953458.

Gr 6 Up –Written in a lively style, lavishly illustrated, and timely in its subject matter, this well-researched book is a call to action: now is the time to save our environment. The author describes his technique as getting altitude, or getting above the problem, to see the big picture. Rather than simply offering a list of simple things kids can do to help the environment, he offers more complex solutions for becoming aware of the issues, such as noticing that there is a problem, becoming aware of defense mechanisms preventing people from acting, and learning about systems like capitalism that allow environmental threats to continue. Each chapter, divided into nifty topic-highlighted paragraphs, is filled with historical facts and current events, sidebars, photographs, and definitions of key terms. Backstories, including the oil embargo, the ozone crisis, and the Kyoto Protocol, are presented along with a section on how to weigh information (evaluate the media, follow the money, and check for fallacies). The presentation of facts and the author’s positive message are what shine here. An excellent and thought-provoking take on a well-worn subject.–Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community College, Mt. Carmel

redstarReef, Catherine. Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life. 176p. bibliog. chron. further reading. index. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Clarion. Aug. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780547821849. LC 2013021340.

Gr 7 Up –The lives of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were marked by exceptional artistic talent, political fervor, and an all-consuming passion for each other that even outlasted their two marriages. Private and professional heartbreak and an idiosyncratic outlook on life and the world influenced the pair’s intensely personal paintings. Readers will learn much about the artists in this dual biography, including information on their numerous love affairs. Still, every relationship clarified for the couple that they couldn’t really exist or produce art without the other. Superb examples of Rivera’s and Kahlo’s paintings are reproduced in glorious full color, replete with rich Mexican-folkloric and earth tones, and the work is filled with excellently reproduced contemporary photos that place events in historical and personal context. Striking use of color elsewhere, as on chapter-opening and back-matter pages, also figure into the handsome design. A well-rounded treatment of two giants of 20th-century art, this volume tracks the separate and combined trajectories of its subjects’ lives and careers and allows for comparisons and contrasts. It is highly recommended for public and school libraries and will be useful for units on modern and Latino art and for studies of women artists.–Carol Goldman, Queens Library, NY

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Atwood, Kathryn J. Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics. 256p. bibliog. glossary. index. notes. photos. reprods. Chicago Review. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781613746868. LC 2013047408.

Bix, Cynthia Overbeck. Fad Mania!: A History of American Crazes. 64p. bibliog. chron. ebook available. further reading. index. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Twenty-First Century. Oct. 2014. lib. ed. $34.60. ISBN 9781467710343. LC 2013034669.

Budzik, Mary Frances. Mythology: Oh My! Gods and Goddesses. illus. by Simon Basher. 128p. (Basher History). glossary. index. Kingfisher. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780753471715; pap. $8.99. ISBN 9780753471722.

Burcaw, Shane. Laughing at My Nightmare. 256p. photos. Roaring Brook. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626720077.

Butterfield, Moira. Dirty Rotten Pirates: A Revolting Guide to Pirates and Their World. illus. by Mauro Mazzara. 64p. glossary. index. maps. TickTock. Aug. 2014. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781783250486.

Campbell, Jeff. Daisy to the Rescue: True Stories of Daring Dogs, Paramedic Parrots, and Other Animal Heroes. illus. by Ramsey Beyer. 320p. Zest. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781936976621.

Ceceri, Kathy. Micronations: Build Your Own Country and Culture with 25 Projects. illus. by Chad Thompson. 128p. chart. further reading. glossary. index. maps. websites. Nomad. 2014. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781619302181; pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781619302228.

Freedman, Russell. Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America. 96p. bibliog. chron. ebook available. index. notes. photos. reprods. Holiday House. Oct. 2014. Tr $20. ISBN 9780823429219.

Haiti: My Country: Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren. ISBN 9781927083239.
Mingan: My Village: Poems by Innu Schoolchildren. ISBN 9781927083246.
ea vol: tr. from by Solange Messier. illus. by Rogé. 44p. Fifth House. 2014. pap. $14.95.

Hill, Katie Rain with Ariel Schrag. Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition. 272p. further reading. notes. websites. S. & S. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481418232; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781481418256. LC 2014013051.

Kanefield, Teri. Guilty?: Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice. 144p. bibliog. chart. further reading. glossary. notes. photos. reprods. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Nov. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544148963.

Kaye, Megan. Do You Know Who You Are? 192p. chart. illus. DK. Aug. 2014. pap. $15.99. ISBN 9781465416490.

Kyi, Tanya Lloyd. When the Worst Happens: Extraordinary Stories of Survival. illus. by David Perkins. 128p. further reading. index. notes. Annick. Sept. 2014. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781554516834; pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781554516827.

Lewis, J. Patrick & George Ella Lyon. Voices from the March on Washington. 128p. bibliog. further reading. index. websites. Boyds Mills/Wordsong. Oct. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781620917855.

MacLeod, Elizabeth. Secrets Underground: North America’s Buried Past. 96p. chron. further reading. index. maps. notes. photos. reprods. Annick. 2014. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781554516315; pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781554516308.

Macy, Sue. Sally Ride: Life on a Mission. 160p. (A Real-Life Story). bibliog. chron. diag. further reading. index. notes. photos. websites. S. & S./Aladdin. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442488540; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781442488564.

Mangan, Lucy. Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, The Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Most Famous Creation. 224p. bibliog. filmog. index. photos. reprods. Penguin. Sept. 2014. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9780147513489; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780698163942. LC 2014007560.

Mendoza, Patrick. From Bunker Hill to Baghdad: True Stories of America’s Veterans. 170p. glossary. index. notes. Teacher Ideas Press/Libraries Unlimited. 2014. pap. $40. ISBN 9781598844665; ebk. ISBN 9781598844672.

Peters, Marilee. Patient Zero: Solving the Mysteries of Deadly Epidemics. 168p. further reading. glossary. illus. index. notes. Annick. Sept. 2014. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781554516711; pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781554516704.

Scandiffio, Laura. Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters: Chasing Notorious Criminals. illus. by Gareth Williams. 148p. bibliog. index. Annick. 2014. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781554516216; pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781554516209.

Thomson, Ruth. Photos Framed: A Fresh Look at the World’s Most Memorable Photographs. 64p. glossary. index. photos. Candlewick. Aug. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780763671549.

Todd, Janet. Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels. 112p. illus. index. reprods. Sterling/Andre Deutsch. 2014. Tr $39.95. ISBN 9780233003702.

Graphic Novels

ABIRACHED , Zeina. I Remember Beirut. tr. from French by Edward Gauvin. illus. by Zeina Abirached. 96p. diag. maps. Graphic Universe. Oct. 2014. lib. ed. $29.27. ISBN 9781467738224; pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781467744584.

Anonymous. Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier. tr. from French by Sarah Adrizzone. illus. by Barroux. 96p. reprods. Phoenix Yard. Aug. 2014. pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781907912399.

Bertozzi, Nick. Shackleton. illus. by Nick Bertozzi. 125p. First Second. 2014. pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781596434516.

Jeffrey, Gary. The Black Death. illus. by Alessandro Poluzzi. ISBN 9780778704003; ISBN 9780778704065. LC 201402262.
––––. Castles. illus. by Nick Spender. ISBN 9780778703969; ISBN 9780778704027. LC 2014002417.
––––. Knights. illus. by Nick Spender. ISBN 9780778703983; ISBN 9780778704041. LC 2014002259.
ea vol: 48p. (Graphic Medieval History). glossary. illus. index. maps. photos. reprods. Crabtree. 2014. lib. ed. $31.32. pap. $10.95.

Koyczan, Shane. To This Day: For the Bullied and the Beautiful. illus. by Glenda Tse, et al. 72p. further reading. websites. Annick. Sept. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781554516391.

Prince, Liz. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir. illus. by Liz Prince. 256p. Zest. Sept. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781936976553.

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