June 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –It’s 1940, the beginning of the Blitz, and 13-year-old Kenneth Sparks is selected to go to Canada as part of a program to send British children to the safety of the U.K.’s overseas dominions

Joy McCullough On Reclaiming the Female Body and “Blood Water Paint”

The playwright talks about her YA debut and novel in verse, which centers on the Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –This exquisitely well-balanced novel-in-verse is painful to read yet almost impossible to put down.

Ebb and Flow by Heather T. Smith | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –This touching verse novel begins with Jett headed to the East Coast to stay with his grandmother for the summer.

‘I Write Because I Read’ – Margarita Engle Visits The Yarn

Colby: Sitting down and interviewing with Margarita Engle at NCTE was truly an honor. She has given so much to the world of children’s literature. I hope you enjoy listening to her talk about her book Lion Island, her hope for her books, and why she writes. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Click here […]

Pick of the Day: My Book of Life by Angel

LEAVITT , Martine. My Book of Life by Angel. 244p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-374-35123-6; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-374-35124-3.
Gr 9 Up–A 16-year-old caught up in a life of drugs and prostitution finds the strength to protect a younger girl in this lyrical novel in verse. Angel describes how her pimp, Call, lured her from her family with promises and “candy,” the drug her body craves even as she tries to resist it, and onto street corners in Vancouver, […]