April 19, 2018

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Not-to-be-Missed 2014 Middle Grade Novels │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

From a new series opener to a final installment, the following are some of our favorite authors’ 2014 not-to-be-missed hits for middle grade readers. Kids will find glimpses of themselves in diverse fictional worlds as these A-Listers transport them into the following selections from Junior Library Guild editors.

The Well-Traveled Reader | SLJ Spotlight

Readers can take a trip without moving an inch in these novels with vibrant, far away settings.

Joey Pigza’s Last Hurrah, the Latest from Cynthia Kadohata, and More | Fiction Grades 5-8

This month, authors sensitively and perceptively portray both the bright and dark sides of family life, including award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata’s Half a World Away, a poignant look at adoption, the last installment in the “Joey Pigza” series, and Neil Gaiman’s innovative retelling of the “Hansel and Gretel” tale.

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Resources for Award-Winning Middle Grade Fiction │JLG’s Booktalks to Go

With the award season in full swing, how can you make the best use of the wonderful books you’re adding to your collection? Junior Library Guild’s Deborah B. Ford offers booktalks and resources for acclaimed fiction titles for elementary readers.

SLJ’s Battle of the Books’ Contenders Revealed

At last! The Commanders of School Library Journal’s sixth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) have revealed the 16 contenders! Though the first round of the virtual book elimination tournament doesn’t start until March 10, let the speculating begin! Which title will end up on top?

SLJ Talks to National Book Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata

Elizabeth Bird interviews Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the 2013 National Book Award in the category of Young People’s Literature for her “truly original, honestly heartfelt middle-grade novel, The Thing About Luck, in our January 2014 cover story.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Cynthia Kadohata’s ‘Thing About Luck’ Wins National Book Award for Kid Lit

Last night, Cynthia Kadohata scored the 2013 National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category for her novel The Thing About Luck. About 700 members of America’s literati packed New York City’s Cipriani Ballroom for the gala ceremony, which featured remarks by E.L. Doctorow as well as Toni Morrison, who presented the Literarian Award to Dr. Maya Angelou.

Review: The Thing About Luck

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2013. Reviewed from ARC. The Plot: Summer Miyamoto’s family has had bad luck the past year. Summer got malaria and was very sick; her grandmother is having painful back problems; her little brother’s only friend moved away. That doesn’t […]

Pitch-Perfect Middle Grade Novels | JLG’s On the Radar

From Rita Willams-Garcia’s P.S. Be Eleven to Cynthia Kadohata’s The Thing About Luck, these middle grade novels selected by Junior Library Guild editors showcase plucky protagonists who learn to forge their own paths despite the circumstances that come their way.

Pick of the Day: The Thing About Luck

A story of familial bonds in which a 12-year-old girl spends the summer with her grandparents who are harvesting wheat in the Midwest.