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Keep the Holds List Happy: 2015 Movies Based on Teen Books

Keep the Holds List Happy: 2015 Movies Based on Teen Books

Everybody wants them: the books that this year’s hot movies are based on. Movie buzz gives books a nice bump, so be ready for the next “new” thing. When you run short on stock, here’s what to display and recommend next. Leave your own recommendations in the comments section for a chance to win a free […]

Reviews of the Week
By February 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Reviews of the Week

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from February 23–27 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, February 23rd A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of […]

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These YA Novels Are Graphic: Blurring the Line between Comics and Prose
By February 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

These YA Novels Are Graphic: Blurring the Line between Comics and Prose

Graphic novels have come to occupy their own tidy little corner of most libraries, staking an ever-expanding claim on the 741.5s (if you’re still using Dewey, that is). This, of course, makes perfect sense for readers looking only for sequential art narratives, as well as for readers looking just for sentences neatly ordered on a […]

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True Stories: African-American Nonfiction

True Stories: African-American Nonfiction

As you’re restocking your African-American History Month displays, don’t forget to feature your nonfiction collection. Here are some compelling stories that deserve a second look. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King, Jr. The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, by Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Boy (American Hunger): A […]

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The Real Meaning of “Books for Youth”

The Real Meaning of “Books for Youth”

At Booklist we use the phrases “Adult Books” and “Books for Youth” to sort titles for old people from those for young ones. (That’s a tad over-simplified, but you get the idea.) It’s also how we define editors. (Kind of like the Sharks v. Jets but with less snapping.) When I first started at Booklist those terms […]

March 2015 LibraryReads
By February 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

March 2015 LibraryReads

Check out the March 2015 LibraryReads below, linked to Booklist reviews where available. Stayed tuned for Booklist reviews of Prudence, The Witch of Painted Sorrows, Cat out of Hell, and Delicious Foods, too! The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, by Rachel Joyce (Favorite of Favorites) Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson […]

I Can Read Whatever I Want?!? A Sabbatical Reading List
By February 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

I Can Read Whatever I Want?!? A Sabbatical Reading List

We need to talk. You may want to sit down. Here, let me take your hand. Now listen. You know how I feel about you. This isn’t easy for me to say. But I am going on a sabbatical. For four months. Uh-oh. You’re crying. Please don’t cry. What’s four months? I’ll be back in […]

This Is Dedicated To: The One I Love
By February 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

This Is Dedicated To: The One I Love

In my first This Is Dedicated To post, I shared dedications to our favorite people: ourselves. Jokes aside this time, I’m sharing some true-love notes to authors’ real favorites. Valentine’s Day can be a frustrating holiday for reasons I don’t need to list, but let’s keep it all in perspective: before you get too bent […]

Graphic Novels That Make Black History Month Come Alive
By February 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Graphic Novels That Make Black History Month Come Alive

This post first appeared Thursday, February 5, on American Libraries’ The Scoop. Black History Illustrated Need to refresh your Black History Month offerings? Here are some graphic novels, both fiction and nonfiction, that address black history in dynamic, engaging ways. Follow the links to read full reviews on Booklist Online. Adult Books Darkroom: A Memoir in Black […]

When Sustainability Is Just a Dream: Harrowing YA Climate Fiction
By February 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

When Sustainability Is Just a Dream: Harrowing YA Climate Fiction

Booklist‘s February 15 issue, which went live on Booklist Online earlier today, spotlights nonfiction books about sustainability and the environment. Climate change is obviously the dominant environmental issue of our time—yet, with its outcome ultimately unknown, is it any wonder we turn to fiction to imagine the future? With gripping plots and identifiable heroes, we may even […]

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