April 19, 2018

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Starring Tween Introverts | SLJ Spotlight

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

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Frankenstein200: An Interactive Story & STEM Experience | Touch and Go

Although published two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein still generates questions concerning the ethics and boundaries of scientific exploration. Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project celebrates the novel’s continued currency with an assortment of programs intended “to engage the public around issues in science, technology, and creative responsibility.” Middle schoolers are invited to explore these complexities via the free Frankenstein200, “an interactive story experience” designed to spark curiosity and encourage critical thinking in STEM topics, including artificial intelligence, robotics, […]

Finding A Voice Through Poetry | New and Noteworthy YA Novels

A trio of recently published young adult verse novels offer portraits of teens who find their voice through the written word.

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.

Review: ‘Giant Spider & Me’ Vol. 1

Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Kikori Morino Seven Seas Entertainment; $12.99 Teen Kikori Morino’s Giant Spider & Me is a manga series about a lonely young girl who befriends a giant mutant spider sometime after the end of life on Earth as we know it. It’s a cooking manga. That […]

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 […]

Books on the Big Screen: “A Wrinkle in Time” & “Ready Player One” | Movie Review

Two big-screen extravaganzas by award-winning directors take on two popular novels with mostly with positive results, though one filmmaker had arguably a higher mountain to climb.

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. […]

SLJ’s Reviews of the 5 Most Challenged Books of 2016

In anticipation of the Top 10 Challenged Books for 2017 announcement on Monday, April 9, we’ve compiled the reviews of last year’s most challenged titles.

A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Arthur Louis Pullman wrote one novel that became a classic. He never wrote again and shied away from the limelight.

One Star Review Guess Who? (#65)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I should have stopped reading it when the nosebleeds started. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#65)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I should have stopped reading it when the nosebleeds started. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One […]

Review of the Day: The Cardboard Kingdom, edited and illustrated by Chad Sell

The Cardboard Kingdom Edited and Illustrated by Chad Sell Written by Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez Knopf (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1-5247-1937-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves June 5th The other day I listened […]

Review of the Day: The Cardboard Kingdom, edited and illustrated by Chad Sell

The Cardboard Kingdom Edited and Illustrated by Chad Sell Written by Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez Knopf (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1-5247-1937-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves June 5th The other day I listened […]

Monday’s Not ­Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Galvanized by real-life accounts of black girls whose disappearances went unnoticed, the author depicts a young African American teen unwilling to let her best friend fall through the cracks.

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 – A young girl enjoys her first visit to the beach at Coney Island while remembering her past family outings in Iran.

Book Review: How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand

Publisher’s description A new hilarious novel from the author of The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever and Stranger Things Have Happened. Rod’s life doesn’t suck. If you ask him, it’s pretty awesome. He may not be popular, but he and his best friends play in a band that has a standing gig. Yeah, it’s Monday night and they don’t […]

Book Review: Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles edited by Jessica Burkhart

Publisher’s description Your favorite YA authors including Ellen Hopkins, Maureen Johnson, and more recount their own experiences with mental illness in this raw, real, and powerful collection of essays that explores everything from ADD to PTSD. Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t get out of bed? Not the occasional morning, but every day? […]

Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Poets are Jabber Walkers “with eyes of flame” in Herrera’s latest for young adults.