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Book Reviews

Unshelved Book Club

This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about a teen who disappears for five years, hosting the Olympics and the world cup, a young with hearing loss who imagines herself as a superhero, zombie parents with a live baby, Ivy League education, lessons from classroom filmstrips, a young man sent back to the time of the Aztecs, and a vampire cook with a sweet tooth.

Roller Girl

Roller Girl

Our sponsor this week is Dial Books, publisher of Roller Girl by Victoria Jameson. "For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby."

Free Book Expo America VIP Passes


We still have free VIP passes to BEA 2015 for librarians and library employees who qualify.

This year BEA runs from May 27 - 29 at the Javitz Center in Manhattan. It's a fabulous, fun chance to get a bunch of free books, learn about more, and meet your favorite authors. You can even watch Bill and I create a comic strip live if you'd like.

Here are complete details.

Just email me from your work email address and tell me how you qualify. Be sure to include your name and title along with your library's name, address, and phone and fax numbers. If you do something cool like reviewing books, be sure to let me know that, too.

Let Kids Read What They Want

Let Kids Read What They Want

This weekend our picture book Kickstarter passed 150 backers and $5000, but we need a lot more help to get to the point where we can afford to make these books.

The Best Book will be a lot of fun to read, but it also teaches an important lesson to kids and adults alike, one that seems to resonate with a lot of librarians, as in this comment posted on our Kickstarter by backer Margaret Rutledge:

Just last weekend I was talking to a school librarian who told me children in reading programs who tested beyond their grade levels were being discouraged from reading books at their grade level. She'd seen teachers and parents taking books away from children.

When I heard about your book I just had to sign up. I picked the 3 hardcover books, one for my family the others for my nieces.

I hope this campaign succeeds. It's a great idea.

Exactly. Please pledge for your copy today.

Reviews of Debut Books

Unshelved Book Club

This week's Unshelved Book Club features author's first books. They're about ordinary Pakistanis, an AI that used to inhabit a ship and many bodies (but now has just one), a tale of information security and code breaking in China, a mortician, how to bake pie, a dragon slayer, a young girl facing a witch to try to save her parents, and a young man who uses martial arts to work through his anger, despair, and sadness.

This classic Unshelved strip

originally appeared on 7/4/2004. Buy a signed print

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A teeny tiny book recommendation every day

Josh decides that his life must change before he turns sixteen, whether his strict mother approves or not.

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