Tag: Gr. 6-12

Has Your Collection Gone to the Dogs? If Not, It Should!

Has Your Collection Gone to the Dogs? If Not, It Should!

Cindy: Comic-book collections are  immensely popular in my middle-school libraries. Fox Trot, Zits, Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield, Peanuts . . . they all circulate nonstop. You really don’t need us to blog about those, but I want to be sure that you don’t miss this year’s Dogs Are People, Too: A Collection of Cartoons to Make […]

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Teens Will Fight for These Stellar Fantasy Sequels

Teens Will Fight for These Stellar Fantasy Sequels

Lynn: This has been another GREAT year for fantasy fans. Those who love sequels—and ALL fantasy fans love sequels—were in total bliss this year as the sequels have been STELLAR. Rabid fantasy lovers have probably already read these but it never hurts to spread the love. These wonderful books deserve it, as each one is even […]

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A New Book in the Old Kingdom: Garth Nix’s Magic Will Make a Re-Reader Out of You

A New Book in the Old Kingdom: Garth Nix’s Magic Will Make a Re-Reader Out of You

Lynn: In my natural habitat I’m a re-reader—an author binger. BCR (Before Committees and Reviewing), I would frequently develop an irresistible itch to start with book one in a favorite series and read them all over again. Ancient detective series, classic fantasies, comfort books—I used to indulge in a re-reading spree many times a year. It’s […]

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The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew

Cindy: The Green Turtle superhero in The Shadow Hero (First Second 2014) is in third place for me, behind superheroes Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, the creators of yet another fabulous graphic novel for teens. Yang is no stranger to illuminating Asian history and culture through engaging graphic storytelling and this book is no […]

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Cindy: Every time I think I’ve read the last of the horrific stories of racism in this country, someone like the Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling speaks up or I read a new young adult nonfiction book that unearths a little known story that infuriates me. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for […]

The Mysterious Unreliable Character

The Mysterious Unreliable Character

Cindy and Lynn: Teens either love or hate novels with unreliable narrators. There are a growing number of these characters and often it is in the teen years that readers first experience this mysterious type of narration. The response is either delight at the novelty of it and the surprise, or intense anger at being […]

How the Beatles Changed the World by Martin W. Sandler

How the Beatles Changed the World by Martin W. Sandler

Cindy: Yesterday…I thought I knew a lot about the Beatles, but I should have known better. How the Beatles Changed the World (Walker 2014) is an attractive, colorful chronicle of the many ways in which Beatlemania had more influence than just making young women scream. Sandler chooses to organize the book topically (and loosely chronologically) starting […]

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Lynn:  Poor Lieutenant Selim!  All he really wants is a good cup of tea and a quiet life.  But any hope of that disappears when he delivers his report on that “heathen” in Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (First Second $15.99) “Oh jailer,” she calls, “I’m escaping.”  And when she does just that, the […]

What the Heart Knows by Joyce Sidman

What the Heart Knows by Joyce Sidman

Lynn:  It may seem as if Joyce Sidman has written a new book.  The truth is that she has created a key to our hearts.  Her newest book of poetry, What the Heart Knows:  Chants, Charms & Blessings (Houghton 2013) touched me deeply in so many ways.  I laughed, cried, smiled, nodded, sighed and winced.  […]

Fourth Down and Inches  by Carla Killough McClafferty

Fourth Down and Inches by Carla Killough McClafferty

Lynn:  The issue of concussion is receiving serious attention in organized football and that attention is long overdue.  In Fourth Down and Inches:  Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment (Carolrhoda 2013), Carla Killough McClafferty examines this serious issue, its history, management, current research and long-term impact.  I’m a major football fan and fall weekends find me […]