May 27, 2018

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Middle Grade Mummy Adventures | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

Dummie the mummy makes a friend and starts life anew in this month’s middle grade Xpress.

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#IHaveTheRightTo, #ShePersisted, & More Buzzworthy Nonfiction | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

This latest batch of online-only nonfiction reviews features powerful women persisting in the face of injustice and inequality.

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4 Graphic Novels Explore Queer Love, Evolution & More | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

Tee Franklin’s touching novella shows love in one’s later years; a new sci-fi adventure for Jem and the Holograms; Shirai’s dark adventure will enthrall fans of Death Note.

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Vernon Is On His Way by Philip C. Stead | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Vernon, the bighearted little toad from A Home for Bird, is back in this series of very short tales.

7 Picture Books Feature Daring Explorers, a Young Cervantes, Operatic Mice & More | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

Even strong moms need help sometimes in Kent’s latest; a charming Swedish tale of a Creature and a Spark; Talittuq learns new ways to define family.

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Fantasy Sequels, Prequels, and a Contemporary Much Ado Retelling | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

A quirky best friend gets her time to shine in Albertalli’s latest; zombies put a lively twist on familiar historical fiction tropes; Jackson’s powerful novel addresses loneliness, abuse, and the importance of female friendships; and more in this month’s YA Xpress.

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Pint-Sized Heroes Save the Day | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

An amusing addition to early chapter books perfect for Marvel fans.

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Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –It’s 1940, the beginning of the Blitz, and 13-year-old Kenneth Sparks is selected to go to Canada as part of a program to send British children to the safety of the U.K.’s overseas dominions

Book Review: All Summer Long by Hope Larson

Publisher’s description A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel about summer and friendships, written and illustrated by the Eisner Award–winning and New York Times–bestselling Hope Larson. Thirteen-year-old Bina has a long summer ahead of her. She and her best friend, Austin, usually do everything together, but he’s off to soccer camp for a month, and he’s been acting […]

Halsey Street by Naima Coster | SLJ Review

Penelope is in a quarter-life crisis. Having dropped out of art school, she spends her days underemployed, drinking gin, and taking anonymous lovers.

New Picture Books for Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and More | Summer Holiday Reviews Roundup

This is the latest in our series of quarterly seasonal roundups, this time showcasing new picture books for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July celebrations.

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6 Picture Books: Castles in the Sand | SLJ Spotlight

New beachy picture books to welcome the warmer months!

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Camp Panda by Catherine Thimmesh | SLJ Review

Gr 5-7 –Many have seen videos of humans in panda suits tending to the needs of smaller, actual pandas, and they may have asked, why are they dressed that way?

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin | SLJ Review

In this gut-wrenching debut novel, readers meet Zachary Taylor, a first grader, just as his 10-year-old brother is gunned down in a school shooting.

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol | SLJ Review

Gr 5-8 –Brosgol has worked on acclaimed animated films, but she was once a lonely nine-year-old aching for friendship.

The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Sadie seems to have it all: loving parents, a supportive boyfriend, and a best friend. But she’s only going through the motions.

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –“You simply couldn’t out-jerk a jerk like me.” Clara Shin, the protagonist in Goo’s latest, delivers this line with pride.

Robots vs. Fairies by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe | SLJ Review

This compendium of 18 short stories pit robots against fairies in order to determine which are the supreme beings in the universe.

Catch a Wave with These YA Sports Titles | SLJ Spotlight

Four refreshing new additions to the world of YA sports fiction, with complex female protagonists.

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Snails Are Just My Speed! by Kevin McCloskey | SLJ Review

K-Gr 1 –With hip and fun graphics, just enough “ick” factor, and plenty of facts, this title offers beginning readers a great deal of information about snails and slugs.