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Spotlight on Sports

I didn’t write a post yesterday because I was busy getting the September 1 issue of Booklist online. Yes, I know yesterday was September 5 — the holiday weekend wreaked havoc with the schedule. But, as brilliant as Booklist reviews are, I’m guessing that not too many people were celebrating Labor Day by reading Booklist Online. I didn’t get any letters, anyway.

September 1 is our annual Spotlight on Sports, an issue I am partial to (though not, of course, as much as the Mystery Issue). I contributed reviews of a couple of books on pool (Running the Table, by L. Jon Wertheim and The Hustler and the Champ, by R. A. Dyer), a game that I have studied and struggled with, and one on soccer (Love and Blood, by Jamie Trecker), a game that I love to watch but play poorly.

A few of my favorite reads from the new issue:

And, though I know a lot more about adult books than youth books, I thought these were really interesting, too:

  • A Core Collection, “Social Class in Youth Fiction” (I got to know this one quite intimately, as it took an inordinate amount of time to format)
  • Ilene Cooper’s review of Barry Lyga’s Boy Toy

(Full disclosure: I have not read every review in this issue; your favorites may vary.)

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About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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