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The movie based on the young adult book The Maze Runner by James Dashner comes to theaters on September 19.

maze runnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner  Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
Delacorte Press, 2009
Grade 7+
2011 ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Fiction
VOYA 2009 Best Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

 

Here’s some free teaching resources to get book discussions started.

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The movie based on the young adult book If I Stay by Gayle Forman comes to theaters on August 22. When you head back to school, you might want to add this exceptional book on this year’s reading list.

Here’s some free teaching resources to get book discussions started.

 

If I StayIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
Dutton Books, 2009
Grade 9+

 

 

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New BooksThese are the latest books for children and teens as of August that have received three or more starred reviews in professional journals.

You can find all of the starred books for the current year on my Pinterest board – 2014 Best Books/Children/Teens.

 

 

 

 

 

Blue on BlueBlue on Blue by Dianne White
Illustrated by Beth Krommes
Discover the joys of a wild rainstorm in this poetic picture book.
S&S/Beach    PreS-Gr. 1     Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
In vivid poems, the author shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.
Penguin/Paulsen   Gr. 4-7   Autobiography/Poetry
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

Bow-Wow's Nightmare NeighborsBow-Wow’s Nightmare Neighbors by Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash
As Bow-Wow naps, his neighbors creep in and steal his cozy green bed. When the expressive pup tries to get it back, colorful chaos ensues as the house next door might not be exactly what he thought.
Roaring Brook/Porter    Gr. K-4    Wordless Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

DrawDraw! by Raúl Colón
Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination.
S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks    PreS-Gr.3    Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Elizabeth, Queen of the SeasElizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox
Illustrated by Brian Floca
Tells the inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged.
Random/Schwartz & Wade    PreS-Gr. 4    Nonfiction Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

Family RomanovFamily Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia, The by Candace Fleming
Offers a portrait of the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia’s peasants.
Random/Schwartz & Wade    Gr. 9+    Biography
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Horn Book, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Fly AwayFly Away by Patricia MacLachlan
While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.
S&S   Gr. 3-6    Fiction
Starred Reviews from Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

Frida  Diego Art, Love, LifeFrida & Diego: Art, Love, Life by Catherine Reef
Tells the story of the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
Clarion      Gr. 7+     Nonfiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Girls Like UsGirls Like Us by Gail Giles
Graduating from their school’s special education program, Quincy and Biddy are placed together in their first independent apartment and discover unexpected things they have in common in the face of past challenges and a harrowing trauma.
Candlewick         Gr. 8-12     Fiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

Hermelin the detective mouseHermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey
A mouse with typewriting skills secretly helps the people of Offley Street find lost items, and eventually saves the day.
Knopf   PreS-Gr. 3   Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus

 

 

 

Jim CuriousJim Curious: A Voyage to the Heart of the Sea in 3-D Vision by Matthias Picard – Presents a three-dimensional story about a young boy named Jim Curious who makes a thrilling trip to the bottom of ocean all by himself .        Abrams      Gr. K-3    Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Lion and the Bird, TheLion and the Bird, The by Marianne Dubuc, trans. from the French by Claudia Z. Bedrick
A lion finds a wounded bird in his garden and decides to care for it through the winter. When spring arrives, the bird’s flock returns. The bird goes off with its flock. Lion is sad. But autumn brings a wonderful surprise.
Enchanted Lion      PreS-Gr. 3     Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Publishers Weekly

 

 

Little Melba and Her Big TromboneLittle Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
A picture-book biography of Melba Liston, child prodigy and virtuoso trombonist who collaborated with most 20th century jazz greats.
Lee & Low    Gr. 2-5     Picture Book Biography
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

mix it upMix It Up! by Hervé Tullet
Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader’s imagination.
Chronicle    PreS-Gr. 1     Informational Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not)My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not) by Peter BrownBobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.
Little, Brown       PreS-Gr. 2     Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

Nuts to YouNuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins
Two squirrels go very far indeed to save a friend who has been snatched up by a hawk.
Greenwillow       Gr. 3-6     Fiction/Fantasy
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

otherboundOtherbound by Corinne Duyvis
A seventeen-year-old boy finds that every time he closes his eyes, he is drawn into the body of a mute servant girl from another world–a world that is growing increasingly more dangerous, and where many things are not as they seem.
Abrams/Amulet    Gr. 9+    Fiction
Starred Reviews from Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

Pilot and the Little PrincePilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery by Peter Sis
Text and illustrations look at the life of French aviator and writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
FSG     Gr. 1-5       Picture Book Biography
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus, School Library Journal

 

 

 

QuestQuest by Aaron Becker
A king emerges from a hidden door in a city park, startling two children sheltering from the rain. No sooner does he push a map and some strange objects into their hands than he is captured by hostile forces that whisk him back through the enchanted door. Just like that, the children are caught up in a quest to rescue the king and his kingdom from darkness.
Candlewick    K-Gr. 3     Wordless Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

Rain ReignRain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Rose, a fifth-grader who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, is often teased at school about her obsession with homonyms and her steadfast conviction that everyone should follow the rules at all times.
Feiwel and Friends        Gr. 4-6       Fiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal

 

 

RevolutionRevolution (Sixties Trilogy) by Deborah Wiles
It’s 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny’s town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn’t much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.
Scholastic     Gr. 6-9    Fiction/Historical Fiction
Starred Reviews from Horn Book, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

Right Word, The: Roget and His ThesaurusRight Word by Jen Bryant
Illustrated. by Melissa Sweet
A picture-book biography of Peter Mark Roget.
Eerdman’s     K-Gr. 3    Picture Book/Nonfiction
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

SSistersisters by Raina Telgemeier
Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be.
Scholastic/Graphix    Gr. 5-8     Graphic Novel
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

 

 

 

Tiny CreaturesTiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies
Illustrated by Emily Sutton
Find out how the smallest things on the planet do some of the biggest jobs in this intriguing introduction to the world of microbes.
Candlewick Press     PreS-Gr.3    Informational Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal

 

 

Winter Is ComingWinter Is Coming by Tony Johnston
Illustrated by Jim LaMarche
Witness the changing of a season through a watchful child’s eyes in this story of nature and discovery. S&S/Wiseman     K-Gr. 3     Picture Book
Starred Reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

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sun-flower-111706_150Sorry to be gone for so long. More stuff going on…surgeries, vacations, major appliance failures and storms.

Not to worry. I’ll be back next week with the latest books for children and teens that have received multiple positive reviews.

I’ll be uploading the new titles to Pinterest first, so check the 2014 Best Books for Children and Teens board about mid-week.

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