Tag: Gr. 9-12

Running for his life: Michael Currinder’s RUNNING FULL TILT

Running for his life: Michael Currinder’s RUNNING FULL TILT

Lynn: In Michael Currinder’s unusual debut novel, Running Full Tilt (2017), we meet high school junior Leo Coughlin, a boy running for his life both literally and figuratively. Leo’s family moves to a new part of town when Leo’s 18-year-old brother upsets the old neighbors. Brother Caleb has autism with other cognitive disabilities, and has started […]

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INVICTUS: A Wild Ride Through Time for Teens

INVICTUS: A Wild Ride Through Time for Teens

Lynn: Ryan Graudin has created another high-octane science fiction thriller in Invictus (2017). Unlike the alternate histories presented in Graudin’s earlier novels like Blood for Blood and Wolf by Wolf,  Invictus takes on time travel. Born outside of time to his time-traveler mother and a Roman gladiator, Farway Gaius McCarthy dreams not only of becoming a time traveler, […]

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Move Over, Beowulf. It’s Grendel’s Time to Shine.

Move Over, Beowulf. It’s Grendel’s Time to Shine.

Lynn: Move over, Beowulf. Grendel is the hero in Grendel’s Guide to Love and War: A Tale of Rivalry, Romance, and Existential Angst (2017), A. E. Kaplan’s humorous take on the classic tale. Seventeen-year-old Tom Grendel is no monster. He likes his quiet life in a peaceful suburb largely populated by old ladies. He runs a […]

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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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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 […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Ngozi Ukazu’s Check, Please!

Webcomics Wednesday: Ngozi Ukazu’s Check, Please!

If you’re already a fan of comics, this week’s pick, Ngozi Ukazu’s charming Check, Please!, might be old news: The internet’s been abuzz about it because, apart from the fact that it’s simply wonderful, comics publisher First Second recently announced they’re publishing it in print in 2018, and NPR included it in their 100 Best Comics […]

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 […]

EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

Lynn: I need to start this post about Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism (2017) with a disclaimer: Cindy and I had the privilege of watching part of this book’s creation. Marc Aronson shared some of his early ideas with us when we all spoke at a conference […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Kristin Kemper’s SYLVANIA

Webcomics Wednesday: Kristin Kemper’s SYLVANIA

I love it when I’m surprised by plot twists, and this week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick does just that. Kristin Kemper’s Sylvania opens on a young girl in a verdant forest at daybreak, rendered in soft earth tones and glowing sunrise pinks and oranges. Warm, dappled light filters through the leaves of the trees, and the girl looses […]

THE HATE U GIVE: A Powerful Debut Teen Novel

THE HATE U GIVE: A Powerful Debut Teen Novel

Cindy: I doubt that there are many people who haven’t heard about Angie Thomas’s powerful debut novel, The Hate U Give (2017), which is collecting rave reviews and even has a movie adaptation in the works. Booklist intern Amanda Shepard—who just happens to be a past student and teen book club member of mine—wrote about […]

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