Day: March 6, 2017

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

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Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez (9781910620137)

Released March 14, 2017.

At bedtime, the air in Sandy’s room fills with small lights that float in the air. When she catches one, she is transported to a fantasy world filled with beautiful creatures. During the day, those same creatures fill her drawings that she makes at her Catholic school. Then one day, a new girl approaches her and talks to her about her drawings. Her name is Morfie and no one else seems to know her. That night, Sandy is visited by a strange girl-like creature who changes what Sandy creates from the lights into something stranger and darker. Sandy continues to spend time with Morfie at school and gets help from her too. Morfie appears at Sandy’s home and suddenly her connections to the strange darkness is made clear. Now it is up to Sandy to outwit them with her creativity.

Alvarez has created a graphic novel that is abundant with creativity and beauty. While the world of Sandy’s imagination is exceptionally wondrous, the real life part also has small touches that make normal life seem special too. Sandy’s ride to and from school has interesting plants along the path that seem to come from her imaginative world rather than our own. These touches tie Sandy’s imagination into her real life experience very subtly.

The art in this graphic novel is filled with deep colors and wild creativity. There is a distinct anime appeal to the art, particularly in the characters themselves. The creatures in the light-filled imaginative world also have the playfulness of Pokemon about them as well as a gorgeous ethereal quality that floats on the page.

A dynamic and creative graphic novel for children, this one will light up readers’ imaginations. Appropriate for ages 7-9.

Reviewed from e-galley received from Edelweiss and Nobrow Press.

2017 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards Finalists

The Children’s Book Council has announced the seven finalists in each of the categories for the 2017 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. The award is the only national US book award voted on by children and teens. Here are the finalists:

K-2nd GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR 

Don't Wake Up the Tiger Cover Frankencrayon Cover

Don’t Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup

Frankencrayon by Michael Hall

King Baby Cover Madeline Finn and the Library Dog Cover

King Baby by Kate Beaton

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

Nanobots Cover Peep and Egg Cover

Nanobots by Chris Gall

Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Joyce Wan

The Thank You Book Cover

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

 

3rd-4th GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR

The Ant and the Grasshopper (Sommer-Time Story Classic Series Book 13) Duck on a Tractor Cover

The Ant and the Grasshopper by Carl Sommer, illustrated by Ignacio Noe

Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon

The Hole Story of the Doughnut Cover Noodlehead Nightmares Cover

The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch

Noodlehead Nightmares by Tedd Arnold

Once Upon an Elephant Cover Whoosh! Cover

Once Upon an Elephant by Linda Stanek, illustrated by Shennen Bersani

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate

Wolf Camp Cover

Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill

 

5th-6th GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR

Booked Cover Fuzzy Cover

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger

Garvey's Choice Cover Hilo Cover

Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes

Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick

Maker Lab Cover The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1 Cover

Maker Lab by Jack Challoner

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero by Rachel Renee Russell

Wet Cement Cover

Wet Cement by Bob Raczka

 

TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR

A Court of Mist and Fury Cover Crooked Kingdom Cover

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

The Crown Cover Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) Cover

The Crown by Kiera Cass

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

The Sun Is Also a Star Cover This Is Where It Ends Cover

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

A Torch Against the Night Cover

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir