My First STARRED Review in School Library Journal

This is a big deal to me as a reviewer! And now my review for AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao is finally online, so you can all read it, even if you aren’t an SLJ subscriber!

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Here’s how the process works, if you are curious:

  • I get an email saying I’ve been assigned a review title
  • I wait anxiously for the book to appear in my mailbox
  • I read it very carefully and subjectively
  • I review it and submit my review using SLJ’s software
  • For this review, I made the recommendation that it receive a star, and this decision is then officially made by the editors of SLJ

BUT, in those last 2 steps, I don’t share online that I’m reading it at ALL and don’t make any contact with the author on social media at all until AFTER the review is published. And even then I can’t share my full-text review since it is the property of SLJ. BUT since this one was published online, now the world can see it and I can share it. Yay!

I get a wide array of books to review, so getting one that I thought was worthy of a star was a really big deal to me, and something that I take very very seriously.

I do hope you’ll check out my review!

Please note that I am in no way promoting a BOOK here, I am simply promoting my review of said book. Given that I deemed it worthy of a star, obviously I liked it, but I am simply sharing a piece of my writing with you. I take my impartiality as a reviewer for SLJ very seriously and do not ever mix my personal reviewing or promotion of books with my SLJ work.

 

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