May 23, 2018

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24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling | SLJ Review

Gr 5-7 –Thirteen-year-old Gus is a white boy from Nowhere. Literally. Nowhere, AZ: population depressed, poverty-stricken, and stagnant.

Fox & Chick by Sergio Ruzzier | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –This easy reader–style picture book is actually three stories in one and stars two lovable and very different best friends.

32 YA Titles for Every Day of Asian Pacific American History Month & Beyond

We’ve rounded up some of our recent YA favorites by and about people from the Asian/Pacific Islander diaspora. From a Korean-inspired sci-fi to the conclusion of Jenny Han’s romance trilogy, these works will keep all teens reading the whole month (and beyond).

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –In the wake of her younger sister Alex coming into her powers as an Encantrix, everything Lula thought she knew about herself and magic seems less certain.

Book Review: We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

Publisher’s description Luke and Toby have always had each other’s backs. But then one choice—or maybe it is a series of choices—sets them down an irrevocable path. We’ll Fly Away weaves together Luke and Toby’s senior year of high school with letters Luke writes to Toby later—from death row. This thought-provoking novel is an exploration of friendship, […]

Pip & Pup by Eugene Yelchin | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –This wordless tale of friendship sparkles with engaging action and gentle humor.

20 Books for Young Readers To Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month & Year-Round

Looking for titles to highlight in May for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month? These 20 works, from recent award winners to debut middle grade outings, cover a diverse array of genres, time periods, and formats.

I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Will Walton | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –What is the appropriate response to the death of a grandparent? What about when the grandparent was your best friend?

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo | SLJ Review

“You are going to screw this up royally. More than once,” notes writer and editor Oluo in this slim but potent guide to discussing race.

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Genderqueer writer and illustrator Bongiovanni and cisgender writer Jimerson, longtime friends, present this educational comic guide to gender-neutral pronouns.

The Latest from Melissa de la Cruz, a “Peter Pan” Retelling, & More | May 2018 YA Xpress Reviews

A spy novel set during the Holocaust, a feminist Peter Pan, and more Alexander Hamilton.

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20 Picture Books About Empowerment, Friendship, & More | May 2018 Xpress Reviews

From furry creatures to quirky tales, these works for the youngest of readers will delight and charm.

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3 Charming Chapter Books for Independent Readers | May 2018 Xpress Reviews

Rambunctious rodents and cute critters rule the day in these series for newly independent readers.

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“Tales of India,” Mars, & Madam C.J. Walker Bio | May 2018 Nonfiction Xpress Reviews

Seven nonfiction titles for young historians, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

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Refugee Stories, Magical Adventures, & More | May 2018 Middle Grade Xpress Reviews

A mix of genre fiction and stirring realistic tales for middle grade readers.

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Rice Boy by Evan Dahm | May 2018 Xpress Review

This graphic novel is “sure to captivate more mature fans of Jeff Smith’s ‘Bone.’”

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When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele | SLJ Review

Khan-Cullors, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, was raised in a family and community impacted by poverty.

Alpha by Bessora | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –Alpha does not consider himself “illegal”; he thinks of himself as an adventurer.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur | SLJ Review

Kaur, author of the immensely popular Milk and Honey, writes and sketches in the same plain, honest, and shattering style about healing.

Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –This transportive wordless picture book debut from Argentinean author/illustrator Alonso taps into childhood imagination in a journey of discovery, experimentation, and letting go.