Going Postal: Jeff Garvin, Kathleen Hale, Margaret Wise Brown, and Angelica Banks

FullSizeRenderWe get so many books at Booklist that a bulldozer simply comes by every afternoon to dump them through a retractable football-stadium skylight into our mail room. Going Postal is where I pull a few things from the newest batch that catch my jaded eye.

⇒ Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (Feb. 2016). Though I was first grabbed by the cover (which, disturbingly, resembles this one), it sounds like another good entry toward a positive trend: “Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid.”

⇒ Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen by Kathleen Hale (Jan. 2016). Hale’s not exactly the internet’s BFF, but No One Else Can Have You was really damn funny, and this right here is the sequel. Do with it what you will!

⇒ The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown (Mar. 2016). Brown wrote Goodnight Moon, so basically I’m hoping this story about a dead bird—really, any story about a dead bird—replaces Moon as nation’s bedtime standby.

⇒ A Week without Tuesday by Angelica Banks (Feb. 2016). No Tuesday? Oh, man, that would be sweet, because Tuesday would be Wednesday, and Wednesday would be Thursday, and Friday would the be weekend, and who knows would would be become of Sunday?! Oh—the protagonist’s name is Tuesday. Well, that’s fine. *stares at calendar with vengeance*



About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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