Buried in Books and Sticky Notes

Posted by John David AndersonBookendsCindy: Lynn and I are just back from the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Meetings, and we’re still in the process of unpacking the books we scored at the exhibits and preview events. Posted by John David Anderson (author of last year’s Ms. Bixby’s Last Day) landed at the top of my luggage. Due in May, the novel concerns a middle school that bans mobile phone use, prompting students to find a new way to message each other. Enter the sticky note. But, as the jacket blurb indicates, there’s trouble ahead; words can be hurtful, no matter what we write them on. I can’t wait to show this one to our school book club tomorrow, which has many fans of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.

Posted is not the only recent book to feature these ubiquitous office supplies on its cover. Here are some others you may want to make a note* to read:

Sticky Note cover collage

All The Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

The Last Time We Say Goodbye, by Cynthia Hand

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, by Ann Aguirre

As a bonus for those Bookends readers also interested in adult novels, here’s one for you:

Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris

* Get it? Make a note? HA! (I’m a little punchy after ALA.)

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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