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Classroom Star
Be Prepared
by Vera Brosgol

Vera feels too Russian for her friends in Albany. She can never quite get the hang of sleepover birthday parties, and she’ll never have expensive toys like they do. So when she hears about a summer camp just for Russian American kids, she’s sure she’s finally found her place. But she’s much younger than her tent-mates, and—impossibly—she’s not Russian enough to fit in.

Spring-Ref-Update-2018_f1.jpgSpring E-reference Update, 2018: Databases and E-books
by Susan Maguire

We asked publishers “What’s new?” in the world of e-reference, and here’s what we heard about new reference databases, e-books, and e-book platforms as well as significant updates and enhancements to existing products.

column_carte-blanche_f1.jpgCarte Blanche: The History of History
by Michael Cart

So what exactly is historical fiction? Well, obviously fiction about or set in the past. But the question remains, How far in the past? Before the reader was born?

Read-alikes_Vietnam_f1.jpgRead-alikes: Vietnam in Youth Fiction
by Briana Shemroske

Contentious, unsuccessful, and undeniably devastating, the decades-long Vietnam War continues to haunt the countries involved—and their literature—today.

Top-10_Historical-Fiction-audio-2018_f1.jpgTop 10 Youth Historical Fiction on Audio
by Joyce Saricks

These titles from the past two years demonstrate that historical fiction works especially well in audio, as readers enliven different eras, characters, and events for young listeners.

Top-10_Historical-Fiction-youth-2018_f1.jpgTop 10 Historical Fiction for Youth: 2018
by Julia Smith

This year’s batch of noteworthy historical fiction, reviewed in Booklist between April 15, 2017, and April 1, 2018, features topics both harrowing and hopeful, murderous and mischievous.

Top-10_Historical-Fiction-2018_f1.jpgTop 10 Historical Fiction: 2018
by Donna Seaman

The lives of provocative historical figures inspired many of the best works of historical fiction reviewed in Booklist from April 15, 2017, to April 1, 2018, including outstanding yet underappreciated women.

After his bipolar mother disappears from their campground, 11-year-old Jack sets out on foot for their Boston home. In her simply written, emotionally rich novel, As Small as an Elephant, Jennifer Richard Jacobson perceptively examines the universal fear of abandonment and the search for belonging.
In this sassy, subversive compendium, Americapedia authors Jodi Anderson and Daniel Ehrenhaft offer revelations on everything from American dynasties to Obamacare as they examine U.S. history and government.
Highly recommended for reading aloud, this Japanese tale balances drama and humor in a simple story of thwarted predators. With naïve-style paintings that complement Ken Kimura’s spare, rhythmic text, 999 Tadpoles is a sure crowd-pleaser.
In Substitute Creacher, a troublesome class meets its match when giant, green, tentacled Mr. Creacher stops by to scare the kids straight. Chris Gall’s deliciously funny picture book will whip a young audience into a shrieking, laughing frenzy.

Bonnie Christensen—who once performed with Warhol’s “superstars” at the Actors Studio—does a masterful job of capturing her subject in Fabulous! A Portrait of Andy Warhol. Bursts of text are set against striking illustrations that serve as fitting homage to Warhol’s art and narrate the transformation from shy boy to iconic artist.

Dickensian street action comes to New York’s Lower East Side in this gripping story, set in 1893, about newsboy Maks and a cast of colorful characters. City of Orphan’s fast-moving plot is highlighted with Avi’s immediate voice and compelling social realism.
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