June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Game Changers by Lesa Cline-Ransome | SLJ Review

Gr 3-5 –This lovingly crafted picture book biography centers on the incredible bond between Venus and Serena Williams and one of their signature accomplishments: being the first two sisters in tennis history to rank numbers one and two in the world.

No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen | SLJ Review

Gr 5-8 –Felix Knutsson lived in four different homes before calling a van his home.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice by Ilene Cooper | SLJ Review

Gr 6-9 –An eye-opening journey through Eleanor Roosevelt’s life, career, and social justice work.

Drawn Together by Minh Lê | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –An American-born child tells about his visit to his grandfather.

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –This middle grade story, set in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico, pulls together important themes of family, identity, bilingualism, friends, and bullying.

Super Late Bloomer by Julia Kaye | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Cartoonist Kaye, who is transgender, reveals the many ups and downs of starting hormone replacement in this collection of strips from her webcomic Up and Out.

My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Erica Moroz | SLJ Review

Gr 6-8 –An adapted version of Guerrero’s Alex Award–winning In the Country We Love: My Family Divided for middle schoolers.

The Turtle Ship by Helena Ku | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Rhee tells the legend of Sun-sin and his best friend, a turtle named Gobugi, and how they came to invent the Turtle Ship.

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Franklin’s first full-length graphic novel follows a love story between two black women.

How We Roll by Natasha Friend | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Most girls have to select which outfit to wear on their first day of high school. Quinn McAvoy, who has the autoimmune disorder alopecia, must decide which wig to choose.

Pass Go and Collect $200 by Tanya Lee Stone | SLJ Review

Gr 1-4 –Readers are treated to a colorful historical account of a well-known board game, and the socioeconomic factors that affected its development.

The Ruinous Sweep by Tim Wynne-Jones | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Donovan “Turn” Turner is in a coma after being critically injured in a hit-and-run. Bee, Turn’s girlfriend, is by his side and determined to figure out what happened.

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed | SLJ Review

Gr 5-8 –Amal is an inquisitive young girl living with her family in a Punjabi village in rural Pakistan.

All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –In her latest, which cleverly combines multiple perspectives, Peñaflor provides a psychological study in how the shallow and the profound coexist within the human psyche to foster self-deception.

Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Brynn Harper had a cute girlfriend and a spot on the school newspaper, both of which she loved, but she began having troubles concentrating on either after her brother died.

New Shoes by Chris Raschka | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Who doesn’t love getting new shoes? This simple joyous celebration of a trip to the shoe store is narrated by an anonymous young child.

The Itchy Book! by Mo Willems & LeUyen Pham | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –This book combines two of children’s favorite fixations—“Elephant & Piggie” and dinosaurs—into a funny story that plays around with a relatable problem.

Beat Boredom by Martha Sevetson Rush | SLJ Review

Every dedicated educator knows the feeling of spending hours creating just the right assignment to pique the interest of students. But what happens when students don’t respond as expected?

The Promised Neverland: Vol. 1 by Kaiu Shirai | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –Grace Field House is home to 38 children and a cheerful matron whom all the kids call “Mom.” The children must follow rules and take a test every morning in place of formal schooling, but overall, they’re a big happy family.

I Have the Right To by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –For Prout, being accepted into the exclusive St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire was meant to be a source of stability; however, by the end of her freshman year, the 15-year-old was in turmoil.