Archive for November, 2016

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Science and Health

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Science and Health

The December 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 269 new reviews and 10 new 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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Booklist Readers: Briana Shemroske

Booklist Readers: Briana Shemroske

Our current Booklist Reader? Briana Shemroske, editorial assistant for Booklist’s Books for Youth Department, who joined us in 2015. In her day, she sifts through and logs in incoming mail (children’s books galore!), corresponds with freelance reviewers and publishers, and slowly but surely hones her Microsoft Excel skills. What do you do when you’re not at Booklist? […]

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Reader, Know Thyself

Reader, Know Thyself

Lynn: Cindy and I have run an after-school book club for 16 years. We try to support our members as a fellowship of readers, encouraging them to read widely and develop literary criticism skills. Our latest lively, opinionated group is coming on fast, and I was thinking about using one of my favorite exercises with […]

For Fans of The Night Of: What to Read the Morning After
By November 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

For Fans of The Night Of: What to Read the Morning After

In The Night Of, an eight-part series that aired on HBO this past summer, college student Nasir Khan’s innocent but unauthorized borrowing of his dad’s taxicab sets off a series of events that leads to his imprisonment and trial for murder. In the first episode, closed circuit shots of Naz, exiting the Queens tunnel on […]

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The Bluford Series: An Audiobook Bonanza
By November 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The Bluford Series: An Audiobook Bonanza

Want to download an entire library of audiobooks for free? The Townsend Press offers all twenty books in teen favorite Bluford series at no charge, in formats for every device, on the Bluford series website. Long appreciated by educators for high-interest topics written in an accessible style, the Bluford series has fans from middle-schoolers to adults. Each professionally recorded […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Retelling Familiar Tales: SNOW WHITE and THE SINGING BONES

Retelling Familiar Tales: SNOW WHITE and THE SINGING BONES

Lynn: Author/artist Matt Phelan has gifted readers with a brilliant twist on a familiar tale. In Snow White (2016), set in the Roaring Twenties and Depression-Era New York, young Samantha “Snow” White loses her mother to tuberculosis. Her father, the King of Wall Street, soon marries a stunningly beautiful Queen of the Follies star who, in […]

10 Books for Fans of PBS’s SOUNDBREAKING

10 Books for Fans of PBS’s SOUNDBREAKING

Over the last week I have discovered PBS’s new documentary series Soundbreaking. I have not caught up on all eight episodes yet, but what I have seen was immediately addicting. The show starts with the producer’s role in the creation of pop music and expands to include histories of punk, hip-hop, and MTV—all the while mindful of […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Marina Julia’s THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
By November 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Marina Julia’s THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF

In this week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday, we’re taking to the sea! Marina Julia’s supernatural tale, The House on the Cliff, takes place in a picturesque oceanside town, sharply divided by the actions of one woman. Long ago, a witch emerged from the waves, bringing along her ample powers, as well as a team of […]

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite Thanksgiving books is Dav Pilkey’s Thanksgiving spin on the Clement Clarke Moore* poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (published in 1990, still in print 26 years later) looks at the holiday from the perspective of children on a school field trip to a farm. […]

Pride and Poverty: Beyond HILLBILLY ELEGY

Pride and Poverty: Beyond HILLBILLY ELEGY

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has been on the NYT bestseller list for fifteen weeks. In talking about his Appalachian and Rust Belt youth, Vance—a former Marine and Yale Law School graduate—explores how the bottom rung of middle class always seemed out of reach for so many of his friends and family, how manufacturing jobs disappeared, marriages […]

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