April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Sharks by Joe Flood | SLJ Review

Gr 3-7 –Fascinating, detailed facts about a remarkable variety of sharks, coupled with fun, colorful artwork, make this latest entry in the series a winner.

Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W. Vandever | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This unique picture book explores how Holden, a Navajo boy with a dramatic imagination, navigates through a typical school day in a rigid residential school.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 9 Up –Jude Duarte, her twin sister Taryn, and her half-fey, half-human sister Vivienne are taken to be raised in Faerieland by Vivienne’s father, Madoc, after he kills their parents.

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –The story opens with readers positioned behind and a little above Bear’s head as she gazes at falling snow, a circle of bare trees, and a small wolf in the distance.

Rebound by Kwame Alexander | SLJ Review

Gr 6 Up –In this prequel/companion to the acclaimed The Crossover, readers meet a young Charlie Bell, father of the twins from the first book.

Otis and Will Discover the Deep by Barb Rosenstock | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This is a true science adventure story of two men, Otis Barton and Will Beebe, who explored the depths of the ocean down to 800 feet in a self-designed round metal diving tank, “a hollow metal ball” called the bathysphere.

Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –When the first Being crashed to Earth in December, it was brushed off as a hoax.

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –It’s nearly the end of summer before senior year, and introspective David Bowie fan Noah Oakman feels stuck.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 10 Up–Olga was always the good girl. She stayed home after high school, got a job as a receptionist, took classes at the local college, and always helped her family—until she died in a car crash.

The House That Lou Built by Mae Resipicio | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –Lou Bulosan-Nelson’s dream is to build a tiny house—a structure of only 100 square feet—on a plot of land that she inherited from her deceased father, who passed away before she was born.

Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly | SLJ Review

K-Gr 2 –After Geraldine and her parents move, she realizes that she’s the only giraffe at her new school.

Very, Very, Very Dreadful by Albert Marrin | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 7 Up –The influenza pandemic of 1918 directly killed or contributed to the deaths of 50 to 100 million people worldwide, and not only the very old and very young.

Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrari | SLJ Review

Gr 1-5 –A young unnamed girl observes a father hawk searching for prey to feed his young offspring.

Endling by Katherine Applegate | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –Byx has always thought of herself as last: last-born sibling, the youngest in her whole family, and least adept at all the skills valued by the caninelike “dairnes.”

A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This wordless story begins with a framed image of a girl embracing her dog. In the next spread, she gathers flowers for its burial.

Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –The tale of a teen struggling to define her own boundaries.

A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Arthur Louis Pullman wrote one novel that became a classic. He never wrote again and shied away from the limelight.

Monday’s Not ­Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Galvanized by real-life accounts of black girls whose disappearances went unnoticed, the author depicts a young African American teen unwilling to let her best friend fall through the cracks.

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 – A young girl enjoys her first visit to the beach at Coney Island while remembering her past family outings in Iran.

Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Poets are Jabber Walkers “with eyes of flame” in Herrera’s latest for young adults.