February 22, 2018

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SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2018

Our reviews of this year’s YMA winners, as well as past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

Winners of the 2018 Youth Media Awards | ALA Midwinter 2018

The 2018 Youth Media Award winners were announced on February 12 in Denver at the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting.

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow | SLJ Review

Gr 5-8 –The day before 13-year-old drummer Melly heads to Camp Rockaway, her parents drop a bombshell: They’re getting divorced.

Caldecott and Newbery Medal Wins Bring Instant Boost to Book Sales

Winning a Newbery or Caldecott Medal boosts sales and interest in the selected books—and moves publishers and bookstore staff into immediate action.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4-8 –A teacher discounted young African-Puerto Rican student Arturo Schomburg’s heritage, stating, “There were no Negro heroes worth noting.” Rather than discourage him, that comment spurred his lifelong quest for the facts.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Slavery comes to a halt when the dead on Civil War battlefields begin to rise and eat their compatriots.

Big-Name Authors Sign on for DC’s New Graphic Imprints for Middle Grade, YA

DC Entertainment announces new YA and middle grade imprints for Fall 2018.

Presenting 38 must-have titles | USBBY’s 2018 Outstanding International Books List

Presenting the 38 titles selected by USBBY’s 2018 Outstanding International Books committee, featuring books set in such far-flung locales as Brazil, Nunavut, Australia, Lebanon, Sweden, and India.

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Spring Holiday Roundup | Reviews

The first of a series of quarterly seasonal roundups, featuring a variety of fiction and nonfiction books about all of the various holidays, festivals, and cultural celebrations that come across our desks.

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Trash Revolution by Erica Fyvie | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Using the contents of an average kid’s backpack as a starting point, the author explores the production, use, and eventual end of products involving water, paper, food, plastic, clothing, metals, and electronics.

8 Nonfiction Series from Smaller Publishers

Smaller publishers dominate this latest nonfiction series update.

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Deej | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –David James Savarese, or Deej, was adopted at age three after his abandonment by his birth mother.

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Elsa is a scripted being. She was called into existence as subtext by a scriptologist, a maker of worlds who made Veldana, the place where she lives.

Tradition by Brendan Kiely | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Traditions at Fullbrook Academy: seniors escort freshmen to the Winter Ball; hockey players stack a puck in their window for each sexual conquest; and rich kids rule.

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library and Classroom

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9 New Perspectives on WWII | SLJ Spotlight

Nine titles across various genres will fuel fresh discussions of World War II.

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‘Notorious RBG’ and Other High-Interest Nonfiction | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

Bilingual books and biographies/memoirs take center stage in this month’s web-only reviews.

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Picture Books: Pioneer Tales, Princess Tresses, and Tantrums | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

A mischievous baby visits a West African market with mama; Ludwig helps out a friend in a creative, multi-textual adventure; animal friends make time for one another in a gentle Spanish-language title; and much more in this month’s Xpress.

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Graphic Novels: America Chavez, Alex Rider, and a Soccer King | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

Graphic novel adaptations of classics by Twain and Poe; a sweet story of a Jurassic New York resident; Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” for fans and newcomers; and much more in this month’s Xpress.

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An Interplanetary Middle Grade Paradox | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

A adventurous middle grade debut centers an super-galactic heroine in this month’s Xpress.

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