February 23, 2018

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SLJ Xpress Reviews

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

‘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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A Middle Grade Sci-Fi Anthology and More | January 2018 Xpress Reviews

See why Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is an apt title for this collection of kid-friendly stories told in an out-of-the-box, Ray Bradburyish adventure style.

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Picture Books: An Elvis Presley Tune, Mindfulness, and More | January 2018 Xpress Reviews

From storytime picks to one-on-one lapsits, check out these picture book selections.

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YA: Dark Magic, The “Descendancy,” and a Teenage Scrooge | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Historical fiction meets sci-fi in 20th century Philadelphia during the flu epidemic; recovered memories spark a teen to question her ex-boyfriend’s tragic death; and debut author Maaren crafts a stellar fantasy for A Wrinkle in Time fans in this month’s Xpress.

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Chapter Books: Shape-Shifting Robots and Sweet Slices of Life | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Two new series explore an adventurous young boy and his robot companion, and a little girl with big ideas in this month’s chapter book Xpress.

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Audiobooks: Baba Yaga, Civil Rights, and Advice from an Olympian | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Three extraordinary teens face face high school, their biggest challenge yet; a young girl and her grandfather find a temperamental typewriter; and a multicultural attempt to broaden Eurocentric history feature in December’s audiobook Xpress.

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Picture Books: A Love Letter to NYPL, Retellings of Classic Tales, & More | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

A unique exploration of jobs A-Z; two brothers begin a quest to rescue their dragon-napped dog; and a tiny fish uses teamwork to help a lost baby whale in December’s picture book Xpress,

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Graphic Novels: Romance, Roller Derby, and River Spirits | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Swordplay and swooning abound in Scarlet Rose; two roller girls find their friendship tested; and a pair of tweens enter a beautiful new river realm in December’s graphic novel Xpress.

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Nonfiction: Animal Myths, Bone Books, Amazing Bodies, & More | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

An entertaining exploration of pirate history; a frank discussion of sex and gender in Spanish; and Zetta Elliott’s “Benny” addresses autism for a young audience in December’s nonfiction Xpress.

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Middle Grade: “Aunt Claire Presents” Two Series Reissues | December 2017 Xpress Reviews

Two books from the early 20th–century depict friendship and life among the elite in this month’s Xpress.

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Picture Books: Excellent Bilingual Books and Sleepy Sheep | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A trio of friends work through jealousy; a delightful Spanish language retelling of a classic fairy tale; an engaging introduction to maps and directions and much more in this month’s picture book Xpress.

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Middle Grade: New Titles from Frances Hardinge, Mariko Tamaki & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A fur trapper makes a mysterious friend; a “Beyond Baylor” supernatural sequel; the Lumberjanes get a middle grade makeover and much more in November’s middle grade Xpress.

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