Young Adult

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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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” […]

OUT OF WONDER: Poems Celebrating Poets

OUT OF WONDER: Poems Celebrating Poets

Lynn: Regular readers know that we are seldom speechless—but that’s exactly what I was however when I finished Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2017) by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth. My powers of speech have definitely returned, but the awe has remained. There is so much that I love about this book that […]

YORK: A Treasure Hunt in an Alternate NYC

YORK: A Treasure Hunt in an Alternate NYC

Lynn: Just when I started to feel a little jaded—March does that to me—I read Laura Ruby’s wonderful new book, York: The Shadow Cipher (May 2017). This new series-opener is the perfect antidote to my grumpy case of the blahs that accompany the mud, temperature swings, and general brownness of my least-favorite month. The story […]

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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 […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Kristin Kemper’s SYLVANIA

Webcomics Wednesday: Kristin Kemper’s SYLVANIA

I love it when I’m surprised by plot twists, and this week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick does just that. Kristin Kemper’s Sylvania opens on a young girl in a verdant forest at daybreak, rendered in soft earth tones and glowing sunrise pinks and oranges. Warm, dappled light filters through the leaves of the trees, and the girl looses […]

Last of the Magicians: ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST

Last of the Magicians: ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST

Lynn: In 1936, the economist John Maynard Keynes purchased a set of Isaac Newton’s papers. To his great surprise, Keynes found that many of them related to Newton’s intense study of alchemy. To those of us in the modern world, alchemy is a discredited pursuit, the stuff of magical thinking and ignorance. Keynes wrote that […]

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These Book Covers Need a Manicure

These Book Covers Need a Manicure

Cindy and Lynn: Here in cold, cloudy Michigan, many schools are on spring break, and local salons have been busy making hands and feet pretty for the sunny, warm destinations we’ve been dreaming about all winter. Teen books are a different story altogether. While the occasional teen book, like Bella Thorne’s Autumn Falls, features a hand […]

Book Trailer Thursday: THE BONE WITCH

This week’s book trailer is a perfect visual representation of the novel it’s promoting. The trailer for The Bone Witch (Sourcebooks/Fire) by Rin Chupeco begins with intense music that continues throughout. Dark, swirling colors flash between images of a girl, skulls, and a map, as a voiceover from protagonist Tea intones phrases such as “the DEAD HIDE truths” […]

THE HATE U GIVE: A Powerful Debut Teen Novel

THE HATE U GIVE: A Powerful Debut Teen Novel

Cindy: I doubt that there are many people who haven’t heard about Angie Thomas’s powerful debut novel, The Hate U Give (2017), which is collecting rave reviews and even has a movie adaptation in the works. Booklist intern Amanda Shepard—who just happens to be a past student and teen book club member of mine—wrote about […]

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