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Reviews of the Week: Amy Schumer, Megan Shepherd, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Amy Schumer, Megan Shepherd, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 22 through August 26 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   Monday, August 22 Trump Revealed, by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher Let’s start with […]

Middle-Grade Graphic Novel Round-Up

Middle-Grade Graphic Novel Round-Up

Cindy and Lynn: It’s a great year for middle-grade and middle school graphic novels, whether they are sequels to popular series or something brand new. Here are two we’ve read recently and a short list of others that should also be on your radar…and your back-to-school order lists.   The Nameless City, by Faith Erin Hicks, […]

Book Trailer Thursday: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Book Trailer Thursday: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Do not be deceived: despite this video’s noncommittal charm, you definitely need to get your hands on a copy of Amy Schumer’s most recent success, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (Gallery). As soon as possible. Since we don’t know anything about Schumer’s bank account (inferences aside, of course—fame pays, as they say), our heartfelt recommendation of […]

Books in a Bottle

Books in a Bottle

The Books for Youth department at Booklist has been positively flooded with books whose covers have things in bottles/jars/globes, etc. The two books in Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger series involve boats, one—Nicole Castroman’s Blackhearts—is about pirates, while Ally Condie’s Everlife series concerns warring factions in the realm of the dead. Is this coincidence, or the glass-covered shape of things to come? […]

Booklist vs. Roald Dahl: Who’s Laughing Now?

Booklist vs. Roald Dahl: Who’s Laughing Now?

“Ghoulish, sordid, and the product of a depraved mind!” writes one reviewer. “I haven’t finished but I don’t like the effect,” opines another. Doesn’t sound very much like a recipe for success, does it? But those hot takes were among Booklist’s responses to Roald Dahl’s first two full-length works for children, James and the Giant […]

A Free, Back-to-School Audiobook Bonanza!

A Free, Back-to-School Audiobook Bonanza!

Teachers and librarians, rejoice! Epic!— a fast-growing service developed by audiobook industry leaders to provide engaging, quality literature from a wide range of publishers on most digital devices—is giving out the best back-to-school freebie ever: Thousands of ebooks, many with audiobook read-along accompaniment, for your unlimited use, with no end date or limit! Better still, you can create up […]