The Manga Math mysteries attempts to teach a math concept with real world applications within a story told in comic form.
Since its release Hereville by Barry Deutsch has received many accolades, from rave reviews to a Sydney Taylor Book Award in 2011. The book has an interesting blend of fantasy, girl power, and a window to another world. Robin Brenner and I sat down to discuss this book from our two different worlds.
Book Expo, Comic Con, ALA Annual. If you’re a librarian, book seller or publisher, you’ve probably heard of one if not all of these conferences. Chances are, unless you are a NYC School Librarian, you haven’t heard of the NYC School Librarian’s Fall Conference. Each fall, NYC School librarians gather for a mini conference. There’s a keynote speaker, exhibitors, and many breakout sessions. (Keep in mind that NYC Schools service over 1 million students. There is no exact number of how many librarians there are, but there are a lot!)
Each year the American Library Association sets one week aside to celebrate the freedom to read which has become known as Banned Books Week. Librarians are often at the forefront of censorship battles. But they are not the only ones affected. Most often it is children and ordinary citizens that suffer when their freedom to read is compromised. This year, just in time for Banned Books Week, First Second Publishers released a graphic novel that grapples with these topics. Originally serialized at Saveapathea.com Americus is now a published graphic novel .
It was sometime last year that Resistance by Carla Jablonski landed in my mailbox. To be honest, I fell into the old cliché… don’t judge a book by its cover. I just didn’t want to read it. For whatever reason, this didn’t appeal. I’m so glad I got over myself, because I would have missed a fabulous story. Then to my delight, I found out that Resistance wasn’t a one volume story. It was slated to be a trilogy. Part 2, Defiance, was released in July.