April 20, 2018

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SLJ Xpress Reviews

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

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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New Picture Books from Dav Pilkey, Ellie Sandall, & More | March 2018 Xpress Reviews

A “Scaredy Kat” finds some courage; a young dragon dancer celebrates the Lunar New Year; and a black family tackles the tough topic of police brutality with their children in this month’s Xpress.

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The Latest “Third Grade Mermaid” | March 2018 Xpress Reviews

Cora the third-grade mermaid is back in this chapter book installment.

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8 Graphic Novels from Gene Luen Yang, Marissa Meyer, and More | March 2018 Xpress Reviews

This month’s batch of web-exclusive reviews of graphic novels includes an adaptation of Tom’s Midnight Garden, the latest “New Super-Man,” and more.

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‘Notorious RBG’ and Other High-Interest Nonfiction | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

Bilingual books and biographies/memoirs take center stage in this month’s web-only reviews.

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Picture Books: Pioneer Tales, Princess Tresses, and Tantrums | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

A mischievous baby visits a West African market with mama; Ludwig helps out a friend in a creative, multi-textual adventure; animal friends make time for one another in a gentle Spanish-language title; and much more in this month’s Xpress.

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Graphic Novels: America Chavez, Alex Rider, and a Soccer King | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

Graphic novel adaptations of classics by Twain and Poe; a sweet story of a Jurassic New York resident; Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” for fans and newcomers; and much more in this month’s Xpress.

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An Interplanetary Middle Grade Paradox | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

A adventurous middle grade debut centers an super-galactic heroine in this month’s Xpress.

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YA: Dangerous Aristocrats, Hijinks in Berlin, and an Asexual Romance | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

Eight novels explore the perils of elite boarding schools, the Irish War of Independence, supervillain parents, and much more in this month’s YA Xpress.

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Chapter Books: Fairy Moms and Pulverizing Princesses | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

Four chapter books explore magical moms sharing wisdom; a princess with knightly aspirations; and a shy student uplifting her loved ones in this month’s Xpress.

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Graphic Novels: A “Jane Eyre” Update, Pick for “Wimpy Kid” Fans, and More | January 2018 Xpress Reviews

Whether looking for a graphic novel update on the Bronte classic or a suggestion for readers of yuri (manga focusing on lesbian romance), these web-exclusive reviews present a sneak peek at recent titles.

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YA: A “Doctor Who” Spin-Off, Teen Greek Gods & More | January 2018 Xpress Reviews

An engaging Spanish-language title about life and love; the true tale of a WWI poet; and a layered, multi-voiced new title about police violence from a teen writing collective are featured in January’s YA Xpress.

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The Latest STEM and History Titles | January 2018 Xpress Reviews

This batch of online-only nonfiction reviews includes books on knights, redwood trees, and a photo diary of Obama’s presidency.

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