Tag: fiction

Falling for Gertie

Falling for Gertie

Lynn:  It’s been quite a while since I’ve fallen as hard for a character as I’ve fallen for Gertie Reece Foy! She bounced off the pages of Kate Beasley’s debut novel, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness (2016), and right into my heart. Gertie is a force of nature: exuberant, loud, and confident. And she’s a girl […]

Leonard Prize Shortlist Announced

Leonard Prize Shortlist Announced

Last night, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for the John Leonard prize, their award for first books. Here they are, linked to their Booklist reviews:  The Girls, by Emma Cline  Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, by Max Porter Here Comes the Sun, by Nicole Dennis-Benn Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi  The Nix, by Nathan […]

2016 National Book Awards: Pics and Reviews

2016 National Book Awards: Pics and Reviews

Last night, I live-tweeted the National Book Awards. While I prepare a full post, here’s a list of the winning titles with their winners, linked to their Booklist reviews:   Young People’s Literature March: Book Three, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell           Poetry The Performance of Becoming Human, by Daniel […]

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THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE: Hard-to-Forget YA Novel Tackles Big Questions

THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE: Hard-to-Forget YA Novel Tackles Big Questions

Lynn: Cindy and I are getting ready for our annual round of fall conference presentations, so we’re in flat-out intensive reading mode. It reminds me of our BBYA committee days when we read 400-plus books a year. There were definitely many downsides of that experience—like never being able to see a single TV show or movie […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Finding a Voice: Karen Harrington’s MAYDAY

Finding a Voice: Karen Harrington’s MAYDAY

Lynn: Every teacher and librarian knows a kid like Wayne Kovok. He spouts trivia about every topic you can think of—and many that you can’t. He uses it as a a defense tactic. “A fact is like a shield,” he reflects. “You can hide behind it. Then you can make a run for it if you need […]

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This Week on Well Read TV: Maria Semple Talks about Today Will Be Different

This week on Well Read, author and screenwriter Maria Semple will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her latest novel, Today Will Be Different (2016), publishing today, October 4. A tale of trials and transformation, Today Will Be Different chronicles the course of Eleanor Flood as the little things in […]

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Eating Disorders in YA Fiction

Eating Disorders in YA Fiction

Lynn: Jo Knowles’ new book, Still a Work in Progress (2016) opens with narrator Noah’s relatable reflections on a typical day at his typical middle school, wherein the seventh-grader and his friends negotiate the minefields of boy/girl relationships while avoiding bullies and toxic lockers with forgotten tuna sandwiches.  Meanwhile, Noah’s family life seems pretty typical, too: he has nice, working parents, a smart and […]

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Good Books For Book Clubs: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

Good Books For Book Clubs: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

This month, the LIT book club finished out the last of our genre summer reading with Isabel Quintero’s wonderful Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, a young adult novel recommended by librarian Lizzy Klinnert. In this Lincoln Award-winner (given for excellent YA literature), seventeen-year-old Gabi is dealing with some heavy issues. One friend is pregnant, and another is gay […]

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Applesauce Weather: A Slice of Life

Applesauce Weather: A Slice of Life

Cindy: Aunt Lucy and Uncle Arthur always arrive when the first apple falls and the season becomes applesauce weather. Aunt Lucy is gone, but surely Uncle Arthur will show up according to schedule. The warm gingerbread and lemon sauce are waiting, and so are Faith and her brother Peter, but still Uncle Arthur doesn’t arrive. When he […]

Ghost: Running from the Scream Inside

Ghost: Running from the Scream Inside

Lynn: When seventh-grader Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw happens upon a middle-school track team’s practice, he scoffs. What kind of sport is this? He already knows how to run. He learned the night his drunk father chased him and his mother down the street with a gun. With his dad in prison, Ghost and his mom are scraping by with hard work, thrift-store […]

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