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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 3 and regularly reviews for SLJ, 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: Snails Are Just My Speed!

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True story: When my son was in first or second grade, I gave him Kevin McCloskey’s The Real Poop on Pigeons and my son refused to believe that he was reading a nonfiction title. McCloskey has a knack for showing interesting tidbits to make a topic come alive in a wacky sort of way. He […]

Review: ‘Hey, Kiddo’

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One of my favorite questions that I get from my students, aside from “Did you read every book in this library?” is “What’s your favorite book?” It’s a hard question to answer, because it does change from book to book. And I tell them that. But I do tell them that there are only a […]

Books in Brief: Sequels, Strips, and More

Cobalt Prince

5 Worlds: The Cobalt Prince By Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun Random House Graphic Grades 4 and up The story picks up where volume 1 left off. Oona is trying to escape the Toki and to find her sister. The girls are eventually reunited, but ultimately many truths are […]

What to Read Next: Scary Story Edition

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One of the most popular genre requests in my library has always been for a scary story. This isn’t one of my favorite genres, so I do struggle a bit. But I have learned to keep my eyes out on titles that are… well… scary. With comics, I didn’t often have that request for more […]

Review: Secret Coders 5

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Series are always tricky because they don’t stand alone. Readers will want to catch up on the earlier volumes of Secret Coders before starting volume 5. Even though I had read all the earlier volumes, the gap in time had me pulling at my memory—although this morning I told a student I was wondering if […]

Review: As the Crow Flies

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Summer vacation. I spent years in summer camp… most of them were spent crying and counting down the days until it was time to go home. The only year of summer camp that I really enjoyed was the year I was a “pioneer.” The program was centered on the rustic outdoor experience; hiking, canoeing, and […]

Review: All Summer Long

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In late June, the conversation in the I.S. 278 Library (aside from… is your library account clear? And what will you read over the summer?) surrounded summer plans. The plans varied. Some kids had vacation plans with family or summer camp. Others though said they were just hanging out, much like Bina in Hope Larson’s […]

Review: Making Friends

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Just in time for back to school, another middle grade story about friendship and the woes of middle school hits the shelf. But this story isn’t autobiographical and it has a magical twist. Making Friends By Kristen Gudsnuk. Graphix. 2018. ISBN 978133813922 hc, $24.99. 272pp. Grades 4 and up When Danielle’s great aunt passes away […]

Audio Comics? ‘Invisible Emmie’ in Audio vs. Print

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I was checking out the Texas Library Association Maverick Graphic Novel list and saw this title which I hadn’t heard of. I found the title on Brooklyn Public Library’s website and saw that there was both a print and audio version and I put a hold on both. Every so often I see an audio […]

Review: Fruit Ninjas

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When I took out my review copy and started to leaf through this book, my colleague called out to me “That’s a great game!” I’m not much of a gamer, nor are my kids, so I hadn’t heard of it, nor did I know it’s in production for a movie. I already knew that this […]