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2015 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists Announced

2015 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists Announced

The Walden Book Award is conducted by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English. Established in 2008, the award honors a young adult title that “demonstrates a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit.” The winner is presented with $5,000 and will be announced […]

Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 13–17 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, July 13th Purity, by Jonathan Franzen Franzen follows Freedom (2010) with Purity, a novel […]

Paper Towns, the Movie, and More

Paper Towns, the Movie, and More

Cindy & Lynn: Are you ready for the release of the Paper Towns movie on June 24? We’ve been ready for a while. We picked up “John Green & I go way back!” buttons at the Penguin booth at the ALA Midwinter Meetings last January, but when Cindy tells her middle-school students that John was at her […]

Blast from the Past: Middle-Grade Webinars You May Have Missed

Blast from the Past: Middle-Grade Webinars You May Have Missed

Is Jon J. Muth’s dapper panda, Stillwater (Zen Socks), holding your July Booklist reading hostage, preventing you from cracking the cover because you can’t flip past the panda-parasol-cat-cycling cuteness? Allow us to help. Inside, you’ll find that one of July’s two spotlights is middle-grade fiction. Associate editor Julia Smith offers a list of essential middle-grade fiction titles in “Core […]

Worlds in Miniature: Elgin Park, Marwencol, and Synecdoche, New York

Worlds in Miniature: Elgin Park, Marwencol, and Synecdoche, New York

Last year, I finally caught up with the film Marwencol (2010), a fascinating documentary about Mark Hogancamp, a man who was brutally assaulted and nearly beaten to death in Kingston, New York. The beating left him in a coma, and, when he woke up, he couldn’t remember anything. Not only did he have to relearn basic […]

The Read ‘n Rave Report: 65 Books That Should Be on Your Radar

The Read ‘n Rave Report: 65 Books That Should Be on Your Radar

Booklist and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) debuted a new program at this year’s Annual conference: Read n’ Rave. Modeled after the popular Shout n’ Share panels that take place at the end of Book Expo every year, the program brings together a panel of collection development librarians who roam the exhibit aisles in […]