Monthly Archives: September 2015

Review of the Week: The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Shang, Wendy Wan-Long. The Way Home Looks Now. Fiction. Scholastic, 04/2015. 272p. $16.99. 978-0-545-60956-2. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 4-7. Twelve-year-old Peter recalls life before his older brother died in an automobile accident, before his mother became despondent, back when they rooted for … Continue reading

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Read-Alikes for Holly Goldberg Sloan’s Counting by 7s

Read-Alikes for Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan      For ideas on using Counting by 7s in a book discussion group, check out: Baskin, Nora R. Anything but Typical.  Bryant, Jennifer. Pieces of Georgia.  Carvell, Marlene. Who Will … Continue reading

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BAYA Authors Panel Scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in San Leandro

The Bay Area Young Adult Librarians will be holding their annual Authors Panel on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 from 9am-Noon at the San Leandro Library, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, CA 94577. Scheduled authors include Printz Award winner Jandy Nelson, … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: Pool by JiHyeon Lee

Lee, JiHyeon. Pool. Lee JiHyeon, Illus. Picture Book. Chronicle Books,  06/2015. [50]p. PLB $16.99. 978-1-4521-4294-4. OUTSTANDING. GRADES PRE-5. In this wordless picture book, JiHyeon Lee’s delicate colored pencil drawings show a boy who is preparing to enter a swimming pool … Continue reading

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Professional Reading: WRITER TO WRITER by Gail Carson Levine

Levine, Gail Carson. Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink. Harper, 2015. 295p. $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-227530-1. Adults and older high school students interested in writing fiction will enjoy this conversational follow-up to Levine’s earlier work, Writing Magic: Creating Stories That … Continue reading

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Reading While White Blog, Star Wars Reads Day, New BayNews from ACL

Reading While White Blog: A new blog, “Reading While White” debuted this week,   co-created by Nina Lindsay of the Oakland Public Library, along with Sam Bloom, Allie Jane Bruce, K.T. Horning, Angie Manfredi, and Megan Schliesman. Check out the blog … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Baptiste, Tracey. The Jumbies. Fiction. Algonquin, 04/2015. 240p. $15.95. 978-1-616-20414-3. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 3-5. The Jumbies is a modern take on Haitian folktales about the strange creatures who inhabit the forest. Eleven-year-old Afro Caribbean Corrine attracts the notice of an especially … Continue reading

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National Book Award Finalists Announced

National Book Award Finalists Announced: Ten books were named to the Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award, Young People’s Literature category: . Among them are Steve Sheinkin’s Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam … Continue reading

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Roald Dahl Day All Month – Sept. 13 Was His Birthday

Celebrate author Roald Dahl all month – his birthday was Sept. 13, 1916. Check out this website for lots of great programming ideas librarians can use to promote his books:

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Review of the Week: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl. Victoria Jamieson, Illus. Graphic Novel. Dial, 03/2015. 240p. $20.99. 978-0-525-542967-8. PLB $12.99. 978-0-8037-4016-7. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 4-7. Astrid is struggling with the growing void of shared interests with her best friend, Nicole, when she discovers the world … Continue reading

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