April 21, 2018

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SLJ Book Reviews

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Sharks by Joe Flood | SLJ Review

Gr 3-7 –Fascinating, detailed facts about a remarkable variety of sharks, coupled with fun, colorful artwork, make this latest entry in the series a winner.

Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W. Vandever | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This unique picture book explores how Holden, a Navajo boy with a dramatic imagination, navigates through a typical school day in a rigid residential school.

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –The story opens with readers positioned behind and a little above Bear’s head as she gazes at falling snow, a circle of bare trees, and a small wolf in the distance.

Rebound by Kwame Alexander | SLJ Review

Gr 6 Up –In this prequel/companion to the acclaimed The Crossover, readers meet a young Charlie Bell, father of the twins from the first book.

Otis and Will Discover the Deep by Barb Rosenstock | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This is a true science adventure story of two men, Otis Barton and Will Beebe, who explored the depths of the ocean down to 800 feet in a self-designed round metal diving tank, “a hollow metal ball” called the bathysphere.

Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –When the first Being crashed to Earth in December, it was brushed off as a hoax.

Book Review: The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids: A Guide to Exploring Who You Are by Kelly Storck, Noah Grigni

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the April 2018  School Library Journal.     The Gender Identity Workbook for […]

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –It’s nearly the end of summer before senior year, and introspective David Bowie fan Noah Oakman feels stuck.

The House That Lou Built by Mae Resipicio | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –Lou Bulosan-Nelson’s dream is to build a tiny house—a structure of only 100 square feet—on a plot of land that she inherited from her deceased father, who passed away before she was born.

Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly | SLJ Review

K-Gr 2 –After Geraldine and her parents move, she realizes that she’s the only giraffe at her new school.

A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Beginning with the first poem that proclaims (with some foreshadowing) “We’ll raise a brood, and when we’re done,/We just might hatch another one,” 16 poems give readers a glimpse of stages in a robin’s life, from mama robin laying four eggs to grown up birdies leaving the nest.

Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrari | SLJ Review

Gr 1-5 –A young unnamed girl observes a father hawk searching for prey to feed his young offspring.

The Long Term Effects of Childhood Trauma and THE FALL OF INNOCENCE BY Jenny Torres Sanchez

Earlier this week, Junot Diaz wrote one of the most compelling and heartbreaking looks at the long term effects of childhood trauma in a personal essay for the New Yorker. In it, he discusses being raped at the age of 8 and how that trauma played out over and over again into his adult life […]

34 Can’t-Miss Titles from SLJ’s April 2018 Issue

From stellar sophomore offerings by Kelly Loy Gilbert and Tiffany D. Jackson to the latest collaboration by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, check out SLJ’s April 2018 starred picks.

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Endling by Katherine Applegate | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –Byx has always thought of herself as last: last-born sibling, the youngest in her whole family, and least adept at all the skills valued by the caninelike “dairnes.”

Starring Tween Introverts | SLJ Spotlight

These three new middle grade titles shine a light on the quieter kids in class.

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A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This wordless story begins with a framed image of a girl embracing her dog. In the next spread, she gathers flowers for its burial.

Book Review: Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge

Publisher’s description America’s war in Vietnam. In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad. The history of […]

Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –The tale of a teen struggling to define her own boundaries.

Your YAs are going to want to hear this: Audiobook SYNC is back

It’s back! Now in its 9th annual season, Audiobook SYNC just announced its free book pairings for teen listeners for this spring and summer.  You can dig into the first of the weekly pairings on April 26th. at 7:00 PM Eastern. Each week from April 26 through July 25, SYNC will release two high-interest titles for young adult readers. […]