Young Adult

THE LAKE EFFECT: Still Time for a Beach Book

THE LAKE EFFECT: Still Time for a Beach Book

Lynn: Those of us who live on the shores of the Great Lakes are very familiar with the term “lake effect.” It makes temperatures milder while also dumping great amounts of snow on the shoreline in winter. Erin McCahan’s book, Lake Effect (2017) explores another meaning of the term: the calming, reflective, introspective feeling that […]

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The Oral History Podcast, Episode 22: Romance Tropes

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 22: Romance Tropes

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we revisit two of our favorite romance tropes and discuss some books that feature them in enjoyable ways. Tell us what you think: feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com       click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher   SHOW NOTES Our Current Reads Carrie Himself, by Jess Kidd Inside […]

Learning the Code of the Road: SOUPY LEAVES HOME

Learning the Code of the Road: SOUPY LEAVES HOME

Lynn: Cecil Castellucci’s new graphic novel, Soupy Leaves Home (2017), offers a terrific way to absorb some fascinating history. Set during the Great Depression, it tells the compelling story of Pearl, a young girl who runs away from her abusive father. Desperately unhappy and with nowhere to go, she decides to disguise herself as a boy […]

Book Trailer Thursday: THE LIBRARY OF FATES

In this week’s video, YA author Aditi Khorana introduces her “feminist historical fantasy,” The Library of Fates (Penguin/Razorbill). Set in a magical ancient India, the book tells the story of Princess Amrita, a young woman whose harmonious kingdom is suddenly threatened by the brutal Emperor Sikander. To appease him and save her people, Amrita offers […]

Underground, Unmasked: Frances Hardinge’s A FACE LIKE GLASS

Underground, Unmasked: Frances Hardinge’s A FACE LIKE GLASS

Lynn: Frances Hardinge is a spinner of words and worlds who makes magic with language. I am always so blown away by her writing that my copies of her books grow soggy with highlighted phrases. A Face Like Glass (2017) is Hardinge’s latest book to arrive in the U.S., although it was first published in England […]

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THE PHOTO ARK: A Delightful Deluge of Animal Portraits

THE PHOTO ARK: A Delightful Deluge of Animal Portraits

Lynn: We focus on youth books here at Bookends, but every so often, an adult book comes along that we think would be of special interest to kids. The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals (2017) by Joel Sartore is just that sort of book. In fact, this book may be […]

Bookends Fan Club: Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co.

Bookends Fan Club: Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co.

Lynn: Being a reviewer and blogger is the best job ever, but there are a few drawbacks. We get so many books (I know, tough problem, right?), and keeping up can be challenging. What often happens is that sometimes later books in series get postponed till. . . well, later, and sometimes never. So it says […]

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NO GOOD DEED: Robin Hood Reimagined

NO GOOD DEED: Robin Hood Reimagined

Lynn: Folk and fairy-tale twists are hugely popular in our neck of the woods, as are strong female protagonists who take care of business without some male hero stepping in. Kara Connolly’s arrow-strewn No Good Deed  (2017) is just the perfect fit! Ellie Hudson, a top-ranked U.S. archer, has traveled to Nottingham for qualifying trials […]

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So Many Sequels, So Little Time

So Many Sequels, So Little Time

Lynn: Regular readers know I’m a big fan of fantasy and science fiction. I’m so excited because I recently received new volumes from several of my favorite series. I’ve been begging for them for ages, but suddenly I have a dilemma: I desperately want to reread the first volume in these series before I jump feet first […]

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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