Tag: fiction

Reviews of the Week: with Sarah Dessen, Jane Green, Renée Ahdieh, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Sarah Dessen, Jane Green, Renée Ahdieh, 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 April 3 through 7 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, April 3 Once and for All, by Sarah Dessen For Louna, weddings are a science: […]

Reviews of the Week: with Colm Tóibín, Stewart Foster, Jessica Shattuck, and More!

Reviews of the Week: with Colm Tóibín, Stewart Foster, Jessica Shattuck, 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 March 27 through 31 so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, March 27  House of Names, by Colin Tóibín “Now it is your duty as the son of […]

SOMEDAY BIRDS: A Wild Ride

SOMEDAY BIRDS: A Wild Ride

Lynn: Many of us hate change, but 12-year-old Charlie really hates it. The Someday Birds (2017) by Sally J. Pla begins with Charlie’s widowed father, who suffered a head wound in Afghanistan, being transferred from San Diego to a hospital in Virginia to undergo a new treatment. And so Charlie finds himself on a cross-country road […]

Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Lynn: Sometimes a book is just what you need at a particular time. That was the case for me with Ellen Emerson White’s A Season of Daring Greatly (2017). I’m a fan of baseball and baseball books. I love an underdog story and stories with an interesting ensemble cast. And in these challenging times, I […]

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A Welcome New Voice: AMINA’S VOICE

A Welcome New Voice: AMINA’S VOICE

Lynn: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing recently announced a new imprint, Salaam Reads.  Their mission: “to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works.” It couldn’t come at a better time. The first book […]

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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 […]

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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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