June 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll | SLJ Review

CARROLL, Emma. In Darkling Wood. 240p. ebook available. Delacorte. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399556012; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780399556029.

Gr 5-8 –When Alice’s younger brother is summoned for heart transplant surgery, her mother sends her to stay with her paternal grandmother, Nell, a curmudgeonly woman she has never met. Learning to deal with prickly Nell is one more stress for Alice, added to her worries about her brother and her frustration with her father, who seems to be […]

Siren Sisters by Dana Langer | SLJ Review

LANGER, Dana. Siren Sisters. 256p. ebook available. S. & S./Aladdin. Jan. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481466868.

Gr 4-6 –Lolly Salt is living a double life. By day she fights exhaustion and acts like a normal middle school student, but at night she must follow her three beautiful older sisters as they are called by the Sea Witch to destroy fishing vessels using their magical siren song. Not yet a siren herself, Lolly will become one as soon as she […]

Tissue Box Novels for Middle Graders | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

This week’s column features books with kids who are struggling in school. From a young girl who lost her hearing to a boy who is having trouble remembering his spelling words, the protagonists in these heartwarming middle grade novels selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild will inspire empathy in young readers.