February 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Audio Book Xpress Review | April 2017

Get the latest SLJ reviews every month, subscribe today and save up to 35%.

Xpress-AU-Dickerson-The-Silent-SongbirdDickerson, Melanie. The Silent Songbird. (Hagenheim: Bk. 7). 6 CDs. 7:45 hrs. Thomas Nelson. Mar. 2017. $29.99. ISBN 978152006939. digital download.

Gr 7 Up –Evangeline is an orphan and the ward of the king of England. When Richard II promises Evangeline to Lord Shiveley, she decides she would rather be a peasant than Lord Shiveley’s wife and runs away with her maidservant. She is now at a small country estate and is pretending to be mute to hide her identity. Will Evangeline be able to stay hidden while also living her life? Is love a possibility for a woman of noble birth? Although this is the seventh installment, this novel stands well on its own. Dickerson doesn’t need to spend a lot of time on world-building, because the story takes place in 14th-century England, which will be familiar to most listeners of historical fiction. The romance is constantly pulling at the edges of the first half of the book, and the end result is predictable yet enjoyable. Jude Mason’s narration is smooth, but it doesn’t add any extra flavor to the experience. VERDICT A good supplemental addition to a middle school, high school, or public library collection.–Elizabeth L. Kenyon, Merrillville High School, IN

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Diversity and Cultural Competency Training: Collections & RA

Do you want to ensure that your library’s collections are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and well-read?

Do you want to become a more culturally literate librarian and a more effective advocate for your community?

We've developed a foundational online course—with live sessions on February 28 & March 14—that will explore key concepts essential to cultivating and promoting inclusive and equitable collections.
Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind