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October 18, 2017
Kiera Parrott Pumpkin spice season
Kiera Parrott, Reviews Director

For many of us, 'tis the season for sipping pumpkin spice lattes (who am I kidding; it's pumpkin spice everything!), hauling out those well-loved sweaters from storage, and taking deep, cleansing breaths of the crisp, cool air. Ahhh... There's nothing quite like autumn! If you're anything like me, you're also getting jazzed about Halloween and any excuse to read a goosebump-inducing new title. We've got you—or your devoted horror fans—covered with librarian Paula Willey's roundup of some of the best recent and forthcoming horror books. Not a thrill seeker? Check out our recent Book Nerds video on the emotional benefits of horror novels—you may just be surprised!
image 25 Terrifying Horror Novels for Kids and Teens
By Paula Willey
From totally innocuous through safe scary, all the way to “holy moly!,” the following fiction titles offer a scary experience for a range of readers and their comfort levels.
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By Kiera Parrott
Creators of a widely used reading and book leveling system say their system is intended as a tool for educators—not as a means of labeling or restricting reading choices for students.
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By Della Farrell
Two nonfiction titles about coding will keep young minds active during the winter months.
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image They’ve Got Moxie | In Conversation with Celia C. Pérez and Jennifer Mathieu
By Daryl Grabarek
Two authors geek out on Sassy, punk bands, zines—and their new books.
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By Wendy Lukehart
Short on text and provocative in theme, these picture books are guaranteed to engage students into middle school and beyond.
** Forbidden Temptation Cover ** Back to the Future: A Trip Back in Time Can Help Students Embrace Other Cultures

"I can’t even imagine not being excited about history," says Dori Jones Yang, author of The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball (Spark Press). This historical novel for readers aged 10 and up focuses on the little-known Chinese Educational Mission of the 1870s.

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By Emma Carbone
Jessica Townsend's debut fantasy is as delightful and optimistic as the author herself.
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By Kiera Parrott
These 10 titles from favorite authors will delight readers whether they’re seeking a standalone or series sequel.
image New Tween Reads That Tug on the Heartstrings
By Kiera Parrott
Four poignant titles for analytical and introspective young readers.
image The Surprising Emotional Benefits of Horror
Our latest Book Nerds video on SLJ TV is all about horror—and how it's so much more than cheap thrills.
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