February 22, 2018

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Icy Prisons and a Frogkisser | Fantasy You Haven’t Read Before

New, delightful middle grade fantasies have tweaked the familiar, added humor and heart, and created something entirely original.

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix | SLJ Review

NIX, Garth. Frogkisser! 384p. ebook available. Scholastic. Mar. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781338052084.

Gr 8 Up –Anya, a 13-year-old princess, loves nothing more than reading in her favorite chair. But after she makes a “sister promise” to her elder sibling to turn a frog back into a prince, she finds herself on a quest for a magic lip balm that sends her far from her beloved castle library. Along the way, she learns that wizards offer help but only […]

Regency Romps to Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Emma”

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Emma’s publication, check out these recent Austen-inspired titles for teens.

Books in Brief: Series

Some time in the next few days I’ll have a lot to say about the year end lists, and we’ll be going back and making some additional edits to our start of season list in light of time crunches and more data. Today, though, I’m taking a moment away from that madness to reflect on […]

Video: Garth Nix keynote | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

In this 10-minute clip from his keynote address, award-winning author Garth Nix considers the question “Where do novels come from?”