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A Look at Reviews by Book: Fall 2018

Review Abbreviations: BCCB—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books BL—Booklist CL—Children’s Literature Database K—Kirkus Reviews LJ—Library Journal PW—Publishers Weekly SLJ—School Library Journal V—Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) H—The Horn Book Magazine HG—The Horn Book Guide *indicates starred review ^ indicates outstanding or superior

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      Check Out the Library Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales

      by David Lubar

      Feb 2019

      High Interest Middle Plus

      In this collection of thirty stories, vampires target distracted Black Friday shoppers, a doll-head collection is even creepier in the dark, and a pet frog just keeps growing. Author notes on story ideas and origins. Reading and activity guide.


      by Yuyi Morales

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      PW*, K*, SLJ*, BL*, H*
      In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed.
      She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams…and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.
      Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.
      The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi’s own experience, a list of books that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book.
      Author’s note. “Books That Have Inspired Me.” Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paints, pen and ink, and scanned photos.

      Soñadores (Dreamers)

      by Yuyi Morales

      Feb 2019

      Primary Spanish

      After they leave Mexico for the United States, a migrante mother and her infant son feel lost in their new country—until they find a haven inimaginable: the library. Based on Yuyi Morales’s real-life journey.

      History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know

      by Anita Sarkeesian

      Feb 2019

      History High

      Covering world figures such as Margaret Thatcher and activists such as Fatima Al-Fihri and Lucy Hicks Anderson, this volume presents twenty-five under-recognized but unforgettable women in history. Afterword. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

      The Lotterys More or Less

      by Emma Donaghue

      Feb 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      K, SLJ, H
      Sumac Lottery is the keeper of her family's traditions -- from Pow Wow to Holi, Carnival to Hogmanay, Sumac's on guard to make sure that no Lottery celebration gets forgotten. But this winter all Sumac's seasonal plans go awry when a Brazilian visitor overstays his welcome. A terrible ice storm grounds all flights, so one of her dads and her favorite brother can't make it home from India. And then the power starts going out across the city...
      Can Sumac hang on to the spirit of the season, even if nothing is going like a Lottery holiday should?
      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Dragon Pearl

      by Yoon Ha Lee

      Feb 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Fox-spirit Min runs away to find her missing brother, who is supposedly after the Dragon Pearl. Traveling between planets, she meets pirates, vengeful ghosts, and spirits from Korean mythology.


      by Stephen Wallenfels

      Feb 2019

      Mystery High Plus

      K, BL
      Twin brothers Ty and Cory are on the run but stop to help a kidnapped woman trapped in a car. Soon they are pulled into a deadly manhunt––with eerie connections to their troubled past.

      Wicked Nix

      by Lena Coakley

      Feb 2019

      Independent Readers Plus

      SLJ, K, BL
      Mischievous woodland fairy Nix is up to no good. His beloved fairy queen has gone away, leaving him with a very important job: He must protect the forest from a most dangerous enemy—humans.
      When a determined invader trespasses on his territory, Nix’s skills are put to the test as he invents several wicked tricks to chase the sorry fellow away. But when his efforts don’t go quite according to plan, it becomes clear that this intruder—and this sprite—may not be at all what they seem.
      This gorgeous new fairytale by acclaimed author Lena Coakley, with illustrations by rising illustration star Jaime Zollars, explores the timeless bonds of family and the joy of finding home in unexpected places.
      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Roar! 100 Facts About African Animals

      by Stephanie Warren Drimmer

      Feb 2019

      Easy Reading

      Index. Full-color photographs.

      Little Brown

      by Marla Frazee

      Feb 2019

      Primary Plus

      SLJ, BL
      Little Brown is one cranky canine because no one ever plays with him at the animal shelter. Or maybe no one ever plays with him because he is cranky. Either way, Little Brown decides today is the day to take action, so he takes all of the toys and sticks and blankets from all of the dogs at the shelter and won’t give them back. But what will happen now?
      Full-color illustrations were rendered in black Prismacolor pencil and gouache.


      by Raúl Colón

      Feb 2019

      Arts Elementary Plus

      SLJ, K*, H*
      After passing a city museum many times, a boy finally decides to go in. He passes wall after wall of artwork until he sees a painting that makes him stop and ponder. Before long the painting comes to life and an afternoon of adventure and discovery unfolds, changing how he sees the world ever after.
      Author’s note. Full-color illustrations rendered in watercolors, Prismacolor pencils, and lithograph pencils.

      Girls on the Line

      by Jennie Liu

      Feb 2019

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      SLJ*, K, BL

      Luli and Yun grew up together in a Chinese orphanage. But their new lives as factory workers strain their friendship, especially when Yun becomes pregnant by a "bride kidnapper." Author’s note. Discussion questions.
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