April 20, 2018

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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.

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell & others | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –A diverse group of neighborhood children use cardboard, tape, and other materials to create a pretend fantasy world.

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Five years ago, Livy left her friend Bob, who she describes as a zombielike creature, in the closet of her grandmother’s house in Australia without saying goodbye.

Review: ‘Mechaboys’

Mechaboys Writer/artist: James Kochalka Top Shelf Productions; $19.99 The unbelievably prolific cartoonist James Kochalka has a new original graphic novel, this one leaning more in the direction of his adult work, like SuperF*ckers and American Elf, than his kids comics, like SpongeBob Comics, Johnny Boo, and Dragon Puncher. The premise is a solid, grabby and […]

Book Review: Antipodes by Michele Bacon

Publisher’s description When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she’s determined to overcome her losses of swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin meets her uninspiring host family and city, though, she’s not […]

Window Horses by Ann Marie Fleming | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Based on the film of the same name, this graphic novel centers on Rosie Ming, a young Canadian of Chinese and Persian descent who lives with her Chinese grandparents in Vancouver and writes poems about Paris, a city she longs to visit.

Book Review: Examining Toxic Masculinity in TRADITION by Brendan Kiely

Earlier this year, both TLTer Amanda MacGregor and myself wrote posts about toxic masculinity.When we look at large mass shootings, one of the common denominators that keep occurring is that of domestic violence, which is tied in to toxic masculinity. At the most basic, toxic masculinity is defined as: adherence to traditional male gender roles […]

Square by Mac Barnett | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –In their sequel to Triangle, the Barnett/Klassen dynamic duo follows the previously introduced character of Square.

One Book One School/Book Club Solutions

When I left Springfield, I had at least 15 copies each of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Soloist and Unbroken lying around.  A few copies of each were on the shelves; many more were crowded on the bottom shelves in our workroom, several copies deep. What do we do with the leftover books […]

Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Carson is a senior in high school. He loves his Chevelle, his imperfect family, and music.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan | SLJ Review

Like Sloan’s debut, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, this novel twists new and old worlds together.

2 Nonfiction YA Anthologies That Offer Hope & More | April 2018 Xpress Reviews

2 Nonfiction YA Anthologies That Offer Hope & More

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In Time for Spring: “Bloom” | Touch and Go

A STEM app for young learners that encourages discussion and exploration.

Middle Grade: Two Takes on Sports Fiction & Magical Realism | April 2018 Xpress Reviews

A young baseball player loses his lucky charm but gains an important lesson; Smibert’s magical middle grade exploration of WW II–era Appalachia.

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YA Sequels from Lauren James, Matthew Laurence, Peadar O’Guilin, & More | April 2018 Xpress Reviews

An emotional love story centers a protagonist with an uncommon allergy; the Carnival Fantastic traps a teenager in a curse; Mulan takes an action-packed trip to the underworld.

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Graphic Novels: A Futuristic Frontier | April 2018 Xpress Reviews

British agents Modo and Octavia explore the majesty and mystery of Ember’s End in Slade’s latest.

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