Tuesday, April 6, 2010

SLJ Battle of the Books Winner Announced! -and Finally, a Book Review!

Judge Katherine Paterson has determined who "The Big Kahuna" is in School Library Journal's Battle of the Books. Click here to find out the winner! It was a bit of a surprise to me. Now I have to read it!

And, here is my latest published book review, from the April issue of SLJ...note the "My Two Dads" theme before recommending.

IGNATOW, Amy. The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang. illus. by author. 208p. Abrams/Amulet. Apr. 2010.

Gr 4–6—Fifth-graders Lydia and Julie, best friends, decide to observe "the popular girls" at their school in preparation for junior high. Julie, who lives with her two dads, loves to draw, and Lydia, who lives with her mom and sister, loves to sing. In this Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007) for girls, the story is told entirely in full-color drawings and in each girl's individual handwriting as they pass their notebook back and forth to record their observations. Of course, things don't go as planned—though the girls' quest for popularity leads them to new hobbies and new friends, it also challenges their own friendship. This entertaining look at the social hierarchy of preteens and the challenges of growing up will entice even the most reluctant readers.—Laurie Slagenwhite, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI

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