April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell & others | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –A diverse group of neighborhood children use cardboard, tape, and other materials to create a pretend fantasy world.

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Five years ago, Livy left her friend Bob, who she describes as a zombielike creature, in the closet of her grandmother’s house in Australia without saying goodbye.

Window Horses by Ann Marie Fleming | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Based on the film of the same name, this graphic novel centers on Rosie Ming, a young Canadian of Chinese and Persian descent who lives with her Chinese grandparents in Vancouver and writes poems about Paris, a city she longs to visit.

Square by Mac Barnett | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –In their sequel to Triangle, the Barnett/Klassen dynamic duo follows the previously introduced character of Square.

Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Carson is a senior in high school. He loves his Chevelle, his imperfect family, and music.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan | SLJ Review

Like Sloan’s debut, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, this novel twists new and old worlds together.

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Thornhill returns to questions on adaptation, conservation, and extinction, all raised in her 2016 award-winning title The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, but here posed in a different light—one of triumph.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –Mia Tang and her parents expected to work hard when they came to the United States, but they had no idea how difficult things would be.

Ella’s Kitchen: The Easy Family Cookbook | SLJ Review

In this British import, Ella’s Kitchen founder Paul Lindley (aka “Ella’s Dad”) delivers 100 recipes for the eager muncher.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –This exquisitely well-balanced novel-in-verse is painful to read yet almost impossible to put down.

Achtung Baby by Sara Zaske | SLJ Review

Channeling readers of Pamela ­Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé and Alison Gopnik’s The Gardener and the Carpenter, Zaske’s work describes how the author moved from Oregon to Berlin after the birth of her son and, in the midst of the transition, found herself expecting her second child.

Ebb and Flow by Heather T. Smith | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –This touching verse novel begins with Jett headed to the East Coast to stay with his grandmother for the summer.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –It’s said there’s a story behind every name and Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela is surely a moniker worthy of six tales.

Small Things by Mel Tregonning | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –In this incredibly moving tale, a boy experiences difficulties—feeling left out, performing poorly on tests, etc.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Fifteen well-known young adult authors retell myths and legends from a variety of Asian countries and regions.

Baby Bear’s Book of Tiny Tales by David McPhail | SLJ Review

PreS –Reminiscent of books from another era, this is a collection of four short stories about an active and curious little bear named Baby Bear.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Zélie Adebola, 17, remembers the night of the raid in her village 11 years earlier.

Circe by Madeline Miller | SLJ Review

Circe, daughter of the sun god Helios, mightiest of the Titans, was a peculiar child who had few of the gifts the demigods enjoyed, and she was despised by her parents and numerous sisters for her deficits.

Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuinness | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –In this charming British import, McGuinness presents an introductory tale about a hedgehog and her hoglets, one of which takes center stage as he grows and learns to be independent.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Leigh comes home to the unimaginable—her mother, who has always been depressed, has committed suicide.