April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flights of Fancy: Magical Realism in YA | SLJ Spotlight

Two new young adult titles that blur the boundaries of realism and fantasy.

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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.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Magnificently crafted, Acevedo’s bildungsroman in verse is a stunning account of a teen girl’s path to poetry.

New and Forthcoming New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about

Books, books, and more books! All of the books I get end up going back out the door in some fashion—to teen readers I know, to classroom libraries of friends, to my own school, or in giveaways. I can’t read/review every book I get, but it’s fun to be able to sift through boxes and […]

Why I DNFed MUNMUN by Jesse Andrews and Won’t Be Recommending It

Please Be Aware: SPOILERS abound in this discussion Last summer I went to ALA and picked up an ARC for a book called MunMum by Jesse Andrews. After reading the back copy, this was the book I was most excited to read, but I wanted to wait closer to release date. This past weekend I […]

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –The Fernweh family has lived on the island of By-the-Sea—where the two smells you can always be sure of are “salt and magic”—for generations.

The Place Between Breaths by An Na | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Grace King is a resilient and talented high school senior, who has had to raise herself since her mother, who has schizophrenia, left the family when Grace was five.

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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