Book Review: The Southern Reach Trilogy, by Jeff Vandermeer

Posted by - February 21, 2018

With the big-screen adaptation of the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation, opening February 23, it’s time to take a look at this acclaimed science fiction/horror trilogy. All three books of VanderMeer’s trilogy (the trilogy order is Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance) were written at the same time and published within a 7 month time

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JCPL’s picks for the 2018 Printz Award

Posted by - February 7, 2018

Literary award season is upon us! We are eagerly anticipating ALA’s announcement of the 2018 Michael L. Printz award winner and honor books on February 12. The Printz award recognizes one winner and up to four honor books as the best young adult titles published during each year. Click here for our picks for the

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JCPL’s picks for the 2018 Caldecott Award

Posted by - January 31, 2018

The ALA Youth Media Awards are almost upon us which means that very soon, our Caldecott and Newbery winners will be announced for this year! The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to an American illustrator for the most distinguished picture book. Click here for our picks for the Newbery award, and watch out for the

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JCPL’s picks for the 2018 Newbery Award

Posted by - January 24, 2018

The ALA Youth Media Awards are almost upon us which means that very soon, our Caldecott and Newbery winners will be announced for this year! The Newbery Medal was the first award of its kind in the world. It is awarded annually to an American author for the most distinguished children’s book. We’ll follow up next

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Staff Book Review: I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Posted by - January 17, 2018

Thanks to School Age Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson for this wonderful review! It is 1969 and the space race is on! Ten-year-old Mamie’s teacher, Mrs. Collins (no relation to astronaut Michael Collins; she checked), asks her students to write a letter to one of the three astronauts being sent to the moon on the Apollo

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Book review: The Vanquished, by Robert Gerwarth

Posted by - January 10, 2018

Centennial commemorations of the First World War continues to drive interest in the first wholly modern global conflict whose impact continues to be felt in international affairs.  Robert Gerwarth’s The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End is a detailed, compelling examination of how the armistice of November 11, 1918, failed to create peace

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Book review: Posted, by John David Anderson

Posted by - January 3, 2018

Words have power. We all know that, but in this digital age, sometimes we lose sight of just how powerful our words can be when we don’t have to face the person on the receiving end. This is a lesson learned the hard way by the kids of Branton Middle School in John David Anderson’s

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Book review: An Unkindness of Magicians, by Kat Howard

Posted by - December 27, 2017

There’s a good chance you may be unfamiliar with Kat Howard, but I don’t think you will be for long. The author of last year’s Roses & Rot–her debut novel– Howard’s short fiction has garnered good press and reviews, and in her latest novel, An Unkindness of Magicians, she has come into her own. An

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Book review: Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump and The Littlest Train

Posted by - December 20, 2017

Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! is a new picture book written by K. L. Going and illustrated by Simone Shin. It tells a lovely, simple story of two siblings having a berry-picking and pie-making day. Going uses short, rhythmic sentences that feature fun, made-up onomatopoetic words like “bumpety, plunkey, and clunkety”. The text begs to be read–perhaps

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Book Review: Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano

Posted by - December 13, 2017

Shea Serrano’s Basketball (and Other Things) is a hard book to write about. Much like The Rap Year Book, Serrano’s previous book, Basketball has a definite focus, and if you don’t have at least a slight interest in professional basketball, it probably won’t pull you in like it did for me. At the same time

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