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Esther Keller

About Esther Keller

Esther Keller is the librarian at JHS 278, Marine Park in Brooklyn, NY. There she started the library's first graphic novel collection and strongly advocated for using comics in the classroom. Her collection is also the model for all middle school libraries in NYC. She started her career at the Brooklyn Public Library, and later jumped ship to the school system so she could have summer vacation and a job that would align with a growing family's schedule. On the side, she is a mother of 4 and regularly reviews for SLJ and School Library Connection (formerly LMC). In her past life, she served on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee where she solidified her love and dedication to comics.

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

This faithful adaptation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is an excellent companion to the original novel.

Books in Brief: Early Spring-Cleaning Edition

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Some quick reviews of spring releases.

Review: ‘Grand Theft Horse’

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More than just another horse story, ‘Grand Theft Horse’ is about one woman fighting the horse racing system for the right to train her horse humanely.

Review: The Unwanted

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I’ve had a copy of this book sitting on my desk, read, and ready to review for sometime. But given that this title received so much attention during this year’s book award season, I had to prioritize this review.

And The Awards Are In!

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January has always been an exciting time of year in the book world. Monday of ALA’s annual midwinter conference is dedicated to the Youth Media Awards. In addition to the many well-known honors, such as the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Medals, there are many other awards and selection lists that a tireless team of librarians work to compile. The work is exhaustive and exhilarating. Keeping up with the review copies and the non-stop reading is intense.

Review: Pandora’s Legacy

Pandora's Legacy

‘Pandora’s Legacy’ puts a new spin on the legend of Pandora’s box and sets it in modern times, making this a good pick for fans of Rick Riordan’s ‘The Lightning Thief.’

Review: ‘The Cardboard Kingdom’

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“Give a kid a cardboard box….” You’ll often hear parents quip that their child was more interested in the box rather than the new toy. And I know when my groceries are delivered in cardboard boxes, my kids beg me to keep it around. It becomes a house, a bus, and anything their imagination allows. Chad Sell and his many collaborators use this concept to create a rich story about a group of neighborhood kids that allows their imagination and ours to soar.

Review: ‘The Hidden Witch’

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The sequel to Witch Boy is an even stronger and more nuanced story.

Review: ‘Crush’

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This is my 17th year in middle school. Sure, I should probably graduate, but I do like the age a lot. It makes work exciting most days. When I read certain books, I just feel like the author (artist) has captured what goes on in a given day. The Berrybrook Middle School series just gets […]

Review: ‘The City on the Other Side’

The City on the Other Side

Are you looking for an engrossing story? One that will take you to another world? Do you want to read about fantastical creatures? Wars? The imminent demise of planet Earth? That and more is all in this little graphic novel by Scott and Robinson. The City on the Other Side By Mairghread Scott. Robin Robinson […]