Archive for April, 2017

Reviews of the Week: with Amelia Gray, S. D. Nelson, Gillian French, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Amelia Gray, S. D. Nelson, Gillian French, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from April 24 through 28 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, April 24 Pottymouth and Stoopid, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein The latest Middle School tale […]

This New Podcast Helps Readers Find JUST THE RIGHT BOOK

This New Podcast Helps Readers Find JUST THE RIGHT BOOK

It happened. Again. Even after you promised yourself you wouldn’t ever sink this low, not after last time. Yet, for reasons that escape you, you’re right back where you never wanted to be: You have nothing to read. Your book lineup has been depleted, you know all the novels on your shelves by heart, and […]

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Two Picture Books Celebrate Spring

Two Picture Books Celebrate Spring

Lynn: It’s hard to get very far from water here in West Michigan! Ponds, lakes big and small, rivers, and creeks are everywhere—and that means ducks and geese are ubiquitous. One sure sign of spring is the sight of duck couples waddling around the neighborhood, looking for the perfect place to make a nest. They […]

2017 Edgar Awards Winners

2017 Edgar Awards Winners

Last night, the Mystery Writers of America presented the 2017 Edgar Awards in New York City. To follow is a list of winners, linked to their Booklist reviews. For more information, visit the Edgar Awards homepage—and don’t forget that Booklist and The Booklist Reader will start our annual Mystery Month celebration on Monday.   Best Novel The […]

A Palestine Reader, Part I: Books for Youth
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A Palestine Reader, Part I: Books for Youth

The unrelenting conflict between Palestine and Israel keeps the Middle East in the news. But for a fuller picture of the Palestinian and Palestinian American experience than what the media can provide, here’s a starter reading list for young people. Stay tuned for our list of titles about Palestine for adults and, as always, please add your suggestions […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: THE SCATTERING

Book Trailer Thursday takes a titillating turn with Kimberly McCreight’s new YA novel, The Scattering (Harper). The entire trailer is short, only 15 seconds, and shows the sound waves of two panicked voices, one male and one female. We hear Wylie, the female voice, urgently tell the male voice that “they” won’t let her leave and that “they’re” […]

Public Poetry: Two Readings at the Poetry Foundation

Public Poetry: Two Readings at the Poetry Foundation

I should go to more poetry readings. This is my yearly mantra during National Poetry Month. Actually, I should go to more poetry readings, not just during National Poetry Month, but all year. Thankfully, the Poetry Foundation right here in Chicago can fulfill that need, so my mantra is less guilt-laden. I walk past the wonderfully situated […]

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Further Reading: Federal Judges

Further Reading: Federal Judges

Further Reading is a new feature on The Booklist Reader, designed to provide readers’ advisory for today’s headlines. As CNN reports, President Trump is bristling against—and lashing out at—the ruling of the federal judge who defanged the administration’s threat to block funds to sanctuary cities. Although a sitting president’s antagonism towards the judiciary is certainly newsworthy, fiction writers […]

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Is That a Poem in Your Pocket?

Is That a Poem in Your Pocket?

Cindy: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 27th is Poem in Your Pocket Day, and I hope you’ll celebrate. It’s the perfect chance to encourage sharing poetry; the link above lists many great ideas for classrooms and libraries. Last year, I shared a few display ideas. This year, a volunteer got creative with the big pocket I made and crafted a […]

Congrats to the Winners of the L. A. Times Book Prizes

Congrats to the Winners of the L. A. Times Book Prizes

We totally missed the announcement of this year’s Los Angeles Times book prizes, which happened last Friday. But it’s never too late to enjoy these winning titles, linked below to their Booklist reviews when available.  You can find a complete list of honorees here.   Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction  The Nix, by Nathan […]

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