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Reviews of the Week

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 March 2–6 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, March 2nd Early Warning, by Jane Smiley Smiley continues the multigenerational, […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Book Trailer Thursday: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Without the lyrics, the song in this trailer for Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest (Little, Brown) could almost be a lullaby. With the lyrics, though, it’s a few shades chillier than “Rock-a-bye Baby.” Sarah Hunter says, “Black’s stark, eerie tone; propulsive pacing; and fulsome world building will certainly delight her legion of […]

Give It Up: Books for the Abstemious

Give It Up: Books for the Abstemious

From the sobering to the silly, your stacks are filled with books to scare straight any readers who need a little extra incentive to stay on the straight and narrow this Lenten season. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Meth Addiction, by David Sheff Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella Covet: A […]

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Shortlists Announced!

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Shortlists Announced!

Lynn: It has been my great pleasure to serve again this year on the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Youth Jury. This year the jury was made up of Jonathan Hunt, Walter Mayes, and myself. It was so much fun to argue books with these two astute readers again. We all served together on the Michael […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Jen Wang’s The White Snake

Webcomics Wednesday: Jen Wang’s The White Snake

I was utterly charmed by Jen Wang’s collaboration with Cory Doctorow, In Real Life (which is one of our Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth!), so I was delighted to hear about her most recent webcomic, The White Snake. This sparely illustrated and tantalizingly plotted story opens with an accident—or is it a murder? A zoo employee […]

On World Read Aloud Day, We Need Diverse Audiobooks

On World Read Aloud Day, We Need Diverse Audiobooks

Listening to literature expands our horizons, connecting us to commonalities across cultures while honoring the differences that define our identities. Celebrate World Read Aloud Day every day with audiobooks! World Read Aloud Day, observed on the first Wednesday in March, is a global program that calls attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. […]