Young Adult

Adam Silvera Shows Us His Desk and Tiny Dog

Adam Silvera’s new book is out today! The bestselling, critically celebrated author of More Happy Than Not (2015) made a video for Booklist to celebrate the release of History is All You Left Me, to which Michael Cart gave an enthusiastic starred review for its “elegiac and melancholy” depiction of teen love and loss. Watch the video […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 19: Dating

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 19: Dating

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we discuss the concept of dating: What it was like when we were teenagers, what it’s like for teenagers now, and how some books handle this variable romantical endeavor. Do you have some insight on dating then/now, or any book recommendations that deal with dating in a […]

Webcomics Wednesday: 2016 Favorites

Webcomics Wednesday: 2016 Favorites

It seems like everyone’s rounding up their best of 2016 lately, and while I’m not usually one to jump on a bandwagon, the lure of looking back on the highs of the last year is too irresistible. I reviewed 21 webcomics in 2016, and since I picked each one of them, obviously, I already liked […]

Bookends Favorites 2016: Lynn’s Favorite Middle-Grade and YA

Bookends Favorites 2016: Lynn’s Favorite Middle-Grade and YA

Lynn: It’s that time again! Time for Cindy and me to announce our favorite books of the year. We are making no attempt to pick the year’s award winners—just to list the books we loved reading in alphabetical order. Because I don’t have Cindy’s discipline and always have a terrible time narrowing my choices, I […]

Carte Blanche: Columnist’s Choice, 2016

Carte Blanche: Columnist’s Choice, 2016

Another year distinguished by a glut of good books has flown by. One of my hardest jobs in the face of such abundance is winnowing the lot to a manageable few of the best; in this case, that means a baker’s dozen selected from an initial list of 27. Ah, the labors of Hercules! Anyway, the […]

Losing Face

Losing Face

Cindy and Lynn: So many of us are running around frantically—it’s that time of year. Like our mothers told us, we’d lose our heads if they weren’t attached. But recently, some teen books seem to have done just that—well, almost. Lately, we’ve noticed a steady flow of teen books with figures on the covers that, […]

Webcomics Wednesday: THE AUTOMAN’S DAUGHTER

Webcomics Wednesday: THE AUTOMAN’S DAUGHTER

I’ll admit it: I can’t say no to a great pun. While some might consider that a character flaw, this week, my insatiable hunger for wordplay led me straight into the arms of a great webcomic. The Automan’s Daughter (get it?), written by Mike Stamm, drawn by Shadia Amin, and colored by Sarah Stern, takes place in […]

How to Build a Museum

How to Build a Museum

Lynn: The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors in September 2016. It’d been a long time coming—100 years since the idea of a “Monument at the Capital in Honor of the Negro Soldiers and Sailors Who Fought in the Wars of our Country,” was proposed by the National Memorial Association […]

Reader, Know Thyself

Reader, Know Thyself

Lynn: Cindy and I have run an after-school book club for 16 years. We try to support our members as a fellowship of readers, encouraging them to read widely and develop literary criticism skills. Our latest lively, opinionated group is coming on fast, and I was thinking about using one of my favorite exercises with […]

Retelling Familiar Tales: SNOW WHITE and THE SINGING BONES

Retelling Familiar Tales: SNOW WHITE and THE SINGING BONES

Lynn: Author/artist Matt Phelan has gifted readers with a brilliant twist on a familiar tale. In Snow White (2016), set in the Roaring Twenties and Depression-Era New York, young Samantha “Snow” White loses her mother to tuberculosis. Her father, the King of Wall Street, soon marries a stunningly beautiful Queen of the Follies star who, in […]