Author Archive: Amanda Shepard

Amanda Shepard is currently an intern for Booklist. A Michigan native, she recently graduated from Central Michigan University with her master’s degree in children’s literature. In her free time, she can be found cuddling with her cat, Nox, or brainstorming ideas for her next art project.

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Book Trailer Thursday: HOUSE OF FURIES by Madeleine Roux

This week’s book trailer sets a creepy tone for Madeleine Roux’s new book, House of Furies. Those looking for something gothic and supernatural to start out their summer will be thrilled by the story of Louisa Ditton, a young Irish girl who gets hired as a maid at Coldthistle House. It seems like a sanctuary at […]

Best New Books: Week of May 22, 2017

Best New Books: Week of May 22, 2017

The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist! Adult Fiction  Augustown, by Kei Miller  The Dying Detective, by Leif G. W. Persson  Dragon Teeth, by Michael Crichton  A Good Country, by Laleh Khadivi  Isadora, by Amelia Gray  The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: THE THIRST by Jo Nesbø

The Thirst, the latest installment of the mega-bestselling Harry Hole series, finds our hero up against a vampire. As author Jo Nesbø explains in the interview above, this is no Dracula, but someone who suffers from a psychological disorder that causes him to feel a need to drink blood. Fans of Jo Nesbø won’t want to miss this novel; as Bill Ott […]

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Best New Books: Week of May 15, 2017

Best New Books: Week of May 15, 2017

The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist! Adult Fiction  The Affair of Lady Wescott’s Lost Ruby/The Case of the Unseen, by Gary Lovisi  August, by Romina Paula  The Awkward Age, by Francesca Segal  Exit Strategy, by Steven Hamilton  G-Man, by Stephen Hunter  Secrets […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: CINNAMON by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is known for his ability to weave myths and fairy tales, and his latest picture book continues with this trend. In this week’s Book Trailer Thursday, we get a peek at Gaiman’s latest tale Cinnamon, which is beautifully illustrated by Divya Srinivasan. A talking, man-eating tiger is the only one who is able […]

Best New Books: Week of May 8, 2017

Best New Books: Week of May 8, 2017

The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist! Adult Fiction  After the Bloom, by Leslie Shimotakahara  Before Dawn on Bluff Road/Hollyhocks in the Fog, by August Kleinzahler  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman  The Girl on the Bridge, by James Hayman […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale

Childhood friendships can sometimes be bumpy rides—something that Shannon Hale explores in her new graphic memoir, Real Friends. Young Shannon can’t quite determine who is actually her friend and who isn’t, and she is constantly worrying about what her peers think of her. Hale’s story is punctuated by colorful illustrations from LeUyen Pham, previewed in […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: WINDFALL by Jennifer E. Smith

What would you do if your best friend (and long-time crush) won the lottery with a ticket you bought him for his birthday? Alice is about to find out, as her best friend Teddy just won $140 million under those circumstances. Author Jennifer E. Smith pitches her latest teen romance, Windfall, in this week’s Book […]

Best New Books: Week of April 17, 2017

Best New Books: Week of April 17, 2017

  The following books, all publishing this week, received starred reviews in Booklist. Want to read our starred reviews before the books go on sale? Subscribe to Booklist!   Adult Fiction  All the Beloved Ghosts, by Alison MacLeod  Any Day Now, by Robin Carr  Fallout, by Sara Paretsky  Imagine Wanting Only This, by Kristen Radtke  A […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: MOO MOO IN A TUTU by Tim Miller

Tim Miller’s debut, Moo Moo in a Tutu, will delight fans of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. Here, we’re introduced to Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers, two friends that do absolutely everything together. In this installment, Moo Moo decides that she wants to become a ballerina; what can only follow is a […]

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