Young Adult

Slurping Down Some Summer Reads

Slurping Down Some Summer Reads

Cindy: I just wrapped up a school year that saw the launch of 1,700 Chromebooks 1:1 in my two middle schools, and ended with preparing for major summer construction in one of my libraries by packing up or purging 26 years of accumulated work room, AV, and office “crap.” Let’s just say that I’m ready […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS

When the doctors removed a tumor from Flora Banks’ brain at the age of 10, she also lost her ability to form new memories. Now, at 17, one memory sticks out—kissing Drake. The trailer for The One Memory of Flora Banks (Philomel) follows Flora as she traverses a tundra, determined to find Drake in Norway […]

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 […]

EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

Lynn: I need to start this post about Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism (2017) with a disclaimer: Cindy and I had the privilege of watching part of this book’s creation. Marc Aronson shared some of his early ideas with us when we all spoke at a conference […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: THE LAST OF AUGUST

This week we’re showcasing The Last of August (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), Brittany Cavallaro’s latest addition to her Charlotte Holmes trilogy. The book trailer is so well-made it could easily be mistaken for a movie trailer, with everything from live action versions of the characters acting out snippets of scenes to a quick, snappy voice over from protagonist Jamie Watson. […]

Cover Reveal: A. S. King’s THE DUST OF 100 DOGS

Cover Reveal: A. S. King’s THE DUST OF 100 DOGS

Booklist loves A. S. King. We love her so much. Need proof? When her last novel, Still Life with Tornado, appeared in the Booklist offices, two of our editors nearly came to blows over who’d get to review it. It was our 2016 Editor’s Choice Top of the List winner, and also made columnist Michael Cart’s year-end top-10 list. Her […]

Careers for Mystery Buffs

Careers for Mystery Buffs

Cindy: I was weeding my career collection last week when I stumbled upon a book that is perfect for Mystery Month: Blythe Camenson’s Careers for Mystery Buffs & Other Snoops and Sleuths (1997). The book suggests that if you have “a healthy curiosity and a mind for mysteries,” there are plenty of dream jobs for you! Camenson […]

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The Oral History Podcast, Episode 21: Young Adult or Literary Fiction? Who Decides?

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 21: Young Adult or Literary Fiction? Who Decides?

  In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we ask why some books about teenagers are labeled “YA,” while others are marketed as “literary fiction.” Tell us what you think on our Facebook page or via email (feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com). Click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher   SHOW NOTES   Our current reads […]

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THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN BLAKE, a Graphic Novel Mystery

THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN BLAKE, a Graphic Novel Mystery

Lynn: The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship (2017), comes courtesy of Philip Pullman and represents his first foray into graphic novels. Written originally as a comic and then as a film script, Blake has just now been published in the United States. After a storm knocks her overboard her family’s sailboat, teenager Serena Henderson […]

WINDFALL by Jennifer E. Smith: You’ll be a Lucky Reader

WINDFALL by Jennifer E. Smith: You’ll be a Lucky Reader

Cindy: I have some eighth-grade girls who felt like they won the lottery when I returned from ALA Midwinter with an advance copy of Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel, Windfall (2017). I did, too. Alice doesn’t know what to get her good friend Teddy for his 18th birthday. On a whim, she gets him a lottery […]

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