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  • Xpress Reviews: Graphic Novels | First Look at New Books, September 13, 2013

    For fans of StormWatch only, Gaiman &#038; McKean plant a Black Orchid, <em>Lone Wolf 2100</em> is like a mixture of samurai manga and <em>Blade Runner</em>, Maroh's <em>Blue Is the Warmest Color</em> will resonate with all readers...Read More

  • Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, September 13, 2013

    Bell on Dylan, women on Wall Street, an early diary of F. Scott Fitzgerald, an impressive catalog of Yue Minjun, Fatty Arbuckle and the great Hollywood scandal, letters of Sam Shepard, travelin' with Ricky Skaggs, happy anniversary, <em>The Great Escape</em>...Read More

  • Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, September 13, 2013

    Atmospheric fiction from Braffet, Gruber's title will please readers who like their thrillers literary, Jackson pens an exception piece of urban fiction, some gruesome violence in Kenyon's latest, and Treadwell's <em>Anarchy</em> is highly recommended...Read More

  • Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, September 13, 2013

    A worthy novella from Gibson, a one-two romance punch from Porter, Swedish details from Regnery, a European sensation from Schwarz, a satisfying second series title from Soliman, and <em>Christmas on the Beach</em> from Wax....Read More

  • Best Sellers: Education, September 12, 2013

    November 2012 to date as identified by YBP Library Services...Read More

  • Review of Mr. Wuffles!

    <p>Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Clarion     32 pp. 10/13     978-0-618-75661-2     $17.99     g Is anything so fraught with potential energy as a stalking cat, or as relaxed as a bored one? Mr. Wuffles disdains all the playthings he’s offered — until, a...Read More

  • Poetry Roundup

    Well, it&#8217;s taken me four and a half months, but I&#8217;ve finally managed to get together another post on poetry. I&#8217;m very excited about all four of the books we have for you today.  Mei-mei Berssengbrugge and Gregory Orr are the same age (born 1947) and are both seasoned hands, with m...Read More

  • The Possibilities of Africa: A Talk with Author/Journalist J.M. Ledgard

    Look over this week’s list of forthcoming March 2014 titles, and you will be struck immediately by the presence of African and African diaspora writers. The picks include Teju Cole’s Every Day Is for the Thief, set in Lagos and following up his original, eye-popping debut, Open City; and Dinaw Meng...Read More

  • Speculative Fiction

    Baba Yaga is a witch of Russian folklore, and Toby Barlow bewitches with his new novel &#8212; our starred reviewof the day. His first, Sharp Teeth, was a 2009 Alex Award winner, a story of werewolves in L.A. told entirely in verse. Babayaga is (mostly) straight prose, and offers quite a combinatio...Read More

  • Mystery Reviews | September 1 2013

    Reviews of Nightmare Range, The Devil’s Interval, W Is for Wasted, and Aunty Lee’s Delights, plus a full list of Mystery reviews from the September 1, 2013 issue....Read More

  • Gateway to Enjoying Nature | Collection Development

    Feather your collections with these 37 books and websites to attract established and novice birders and watch circ soar....Read More

  • Creature features

    <p>Young readers may recognize themselves in these four funny picture books portraying animals — contemporary, extinct, and imaginary alike — in very human situations and with very human foibles. Dinah, the star of David Ezra Stein’s Dinosaur Kisses, bursts out of her egg, eager to experience her p...Read More

  • Apps for young scientists

    <p>Budding scientists rejoice! These four nonfiction apps use cutting-edge technology, from x-ray composites to 3D imaging, to explore biology, paleontology, and archeology in educational and entertaining ways. Bats! Furry Fliers of the Night introduces users to the world’s only flying mammal. Mary...Read More

  • Q&A: Kim Stanley Robinson

    An interview with Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Shaman....Read More

  • Hope Amid Despair

    Reviews of My Life as a Silent Movie and Between a Mother and Her Child, from the September 1, 2013 issue....Read More

  • Real girls

    <p>Body image issues; death and grief; attempted suicide; mental illness. Problem novels move into the twenty-first century with these books starring young women who cope with their troubles in refreshingly realistic, nuanced ways. In K. A. Barson’s 45 Pounds (More or Less), sixteen-year-old Ann Ga...Read More

  • Essential back-to school stories

    <p>What will the new school year bring? Here are four fresh, age-appropriate, and accessible school stories that will please early-elementary readers. In twenty very short, generously illustrated chapters, Rose Lagercrantz’s My Happy Life takes the essential matter of the early-elementary school ye...Read More

  • Experimental Fiction

    Last week I asked how explicit is too sexually explicit for teens.  This week I want to ask a similar question about form rather than content: how experimental is too experimental? This question, like last week&#8217;s, was keyed to a book I was reading, Book III, edited by Joshua S. Raab, and publ...Read More

  • Review of Locomotive

    <p>Locomotive by Brian Floca; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate   Jackson/Atheneum   64 pp. 9/13     978-1-4169-9415-2   $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8522-8   $12.99 Talk about a youth librarian’s dream come true: a big new book about those ever-popular trains from a bona fide picture-book...Read More

  • What Makes a Good Picture Book About Loss?

    <p>The three-hankie middle grade novel is a literary tradition as old as time (or at least as old as Charlotte’s Web). Some of these novels consider the sorts of grief, such as the death of a grandparent or the family dog, that children are likely to experience. Others explore very particular situa...Read More