Archive for January, 2015

By January 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Mosquitoland

The trailer for David Arnold’s debut novel Mosquitoland (Viking) is intriguing and bare. It becomes more intriguing still when you throw in the Booklist starred review. As narrator Mim takes a runaway-odyssey to reach her unwell mother, joining “memorable, inventive characters” along the way, “Arnold never lets up on the accelerator of life’s hard lessons,” […]

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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Multicultural Literature
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The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Multicultural Literature

The February 1 issue of Booklist magazine, is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 243 new reviews and 9 feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered […]

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Promise You’ll Write? A Picture Book for Young Friends Facing Separation

Cindy: It’s hard when best friends move away. The title page spread of Herman’s Letter (2014), by Tom Percival, has a messy pile of photos and ticket stubs from all of the fun that this bear and raccoon have had together over the years. When Henry the raccoon has to move away, the friends are “devastated […]

Is Your Book Group Stuck in a One-Book Rut? Try a Multiple-Book Discussion
By January 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Is Your Book Group Stuck in a One-Book Rut? Try a Multiple-Book Discussion

One book or many? It’s a question I debate with my colleague Andrew Smith, who leads one-book discussion groups at Williamsburg Library. I prefer themed book groups that bring multiple books to the table for each meeting. Ultimately, either solution can be effective. Sue Dittmar, a wonderful librarian from St. Charles City-County Library District in […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Libraries
Publishing U: What Is a Query Letter — and How Do I Write Mine?
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Publishing U: What Is a Query Letter — and How Do I Write Mine?

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the second post of our Publishing U series, agent Suzie Townsend offers her take on a commonly asked question—and her client, Alexis Bass, explains how she wrote the query that caught her agent’s […]

ALA Midwinter: Graphic Novels, TV Hosts, Free Books, and More from Booklist!

ALA Midwinter: Graphic Novels, TV Hosts, Free Books, and More from Booklist!

New Year’s resolutions are either solidly underway or completely forgotten; we recently celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day; and hefty blue trunks line the halls of the American Library Association. All this can mean only one thing: the ALA Midwinter Meeting is upon us! We’re thrilled to be hosting fabulous readers and lovely librarians in our […]

A Sweet History Lesson for Struggling Readers

A Sweet History Lesson for Struggling Readers

Cindy: Do your children and teens know what molasses is? Recently one of our middle-school reading intervention teachers was sharing I Survived: True Stories, a nonfiction collection of five “epic disasters” with her students. One of the disasters is the 1919 Great Molasses Flood in Boston. Lynn and I wrote a blog post about Deborah […]

Too Cool for Boarding School: Nine Books for the Undersupervised

Too Cool for Boarding School: Nine Books for the Undersupervised

Precocious amateur PI, Flavia de Luce, returns in the seventh installment of Alan Bradley’s best-selling mystery series, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust. Now a mature twelve-year-old, Flavia is sent to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada. Naturally, trouble follows. From Jane Eyre to Harry Potter, boarding schools are great backdrops for exploring independence, self-discovery, […]

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Great Books for Children and Young Adults: Our Favorites from 2014

Great Books for Children and Young Adults: Our Favorites from 2014

It’s So Hard to Choose . . .  Cindy and Lynn: It’s that time again! We have to join the fray and list our favorite books of 2014. Some of these are surely award contenders, others are just personal favorites that we think are worthy of highlighting at year’s end. Some we blogged and some […]

A Dark Harvest for Kansas Day
By January 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

A Dark Harvest for Kansas Day

Cold Blood and Dark Places? I’ve a Feeling We’re in Kansas As Kansas natives, my husband and I have been known to befuddle our neighbors with Kansas Day parties that include crossword puzzles and Kansas-based Jeopardy games with clues about notable Kansans such as Langston Hughes, Buster Keaton, Zasu Pitts, Milton Stone (Doc on Gunsmoke), President […]