June 21, 2018

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SLJ Xpress Reviews

Select, web-only reviews of children’s and YA books and media.

Middle Grade Mummy Adventures | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

Dummie the mummy makes a friend and starts life anew in this month’s middle grade Xpress.

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#IHaveTheRightTo, #ShePersisted, & More Buzzworthy Nonfiction | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

This latest batch of online-only nonfiction reviews features powerful women persisting in the face of injustice and inequality.

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4 Graphic Novels Explore Queer Love, Evolution & More | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

Tee Franklin’s touching novella shows love in one’s later years; a new sci-fi adventure for Jem and the Holograms; Shirai’s dark adventure will enthrall fans of Death Note.

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7 Picture Books Feature Daring Explorers, a Young Cervantes, Operatic Mice & More | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

Even strong moms need help sometimes in Kent’s latest; a charming Swedish tale of a Creature and a Spark; Talittuq learns new ways to define family.

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Fantasy Sequels, Prequels, and a Contemporary Much Ado Retelling | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

A quirky best friend gets her time to shine in Albertalli’s latest; zombies put a lively twist on familiar historical fiction tropes; Jackson’s powerful novel addresses loneliness, abuse, and the importance of female friendships; and more in this month’s YA Xpress.

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Pint-Sized Heroes Save the Day | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

An amusing addition to early chapter books perfect for Marvel fans.

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The Latest from Melissa de la Cruz, a “Peter Pan” Retelling, & More | May 2018 YA Xpress Reviews

A spy novel set during the Holocaust, a feminist Peter Pan, and more Alexander Hamilton.

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20 Picture Books About Empowerment, Friendship, & More | May 2018 Xpress Reviews

From furry creatures to quirky tales, these works for the youngest of readers will delight and charm.

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3 Charming Chapter Books for Independent Readers | May 2018 Xpress Reviews

Rambunctious rodents and cute critters rule the day in these series for newly independent readers.

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“Tales of India,” Mars, & Madam C.J. Walker Bio | May 2018 Nonfiction Xpress Reviews

Seven nonfiction titles for young historians, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

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Refugee Stories, Magical Adventures, & More | May 2018 Middle Grade Xpress Reviews

A mix of genre fiction and stirring realistic tales for middle grade readers.

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Rice Boy by Evan Dahm | May 2018 Xpress Review

This graphic novel is “sure to captivate more mature fans of Jeff Smith’s ‘Bone.’”

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

2 Nonfiction YA Anthologies That Offer Hope & More

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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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Picture Books: A Bunny’s “Staycation” and a Big Brother Dinosaur | April 2018 Xpress Reviews

Daniel W. Vandever’s imaginative picture book centers a Navajo student who doesn’t follow the line; two titles expand the “bedtime book” genre; a lyrical meditation on losing a loved one.

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13 YA Titles from Julie Cross, Maria Turtschaninoff, Beth Vrabel, & More | March 2018 Xpress Reviews

A Spanish-language series blends fantasy and history; a Wintersong sequel of otherworldly romance; and a bittersweet coming-of-age-novel feature in this month’s YA Xpress.

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Must-Read Nonfiction from Tavi Gevinson, Aly Raisman, & Others | March 2018 Xpress Reviews

Must-read nonfiction from Tavi Gevinson, Aly Raisman, & others.

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3 Quirky Middle Grade Titles on Bullying, Pizza Rats, and Beetles | March 2018 Xpress Reviews

Beetle Boy returns to save the day; the “Pizza Rat” meme for middle graders; and a bilingual title about a fourth grader with a heart of gold.

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