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Midwinter Read ‘n Rave Report: Upcoming Middle-Grade and YA Titles

Booklist and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) debuted a new program at this year’s Annual conference: Read n’ Rave, which was so popular, we brought it to the Midwinter meeting, this time letting youth librarians in on the fun. The program brings together a panel of collection-development librarians who roam the exhibit aisles in search of galleys that should be on your radar.

The Middle-Grade/YA panel included Sophie Brookover, Program Coordinator and Social Media Manager for LibraryLinkNJ; Steve Fowler, Youth Services Librarian at the Bellingham (MA) Public Library; Karen Ginman, a Youth Collections Selector at BookOps (the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library); Jennifer Hubert Swan, the Middle School Librarian and Director of Library Services at the Little Red Schoolhouse and Elizabeth Irwin High School (NY); and Joslyn Jones, Children’s Services Supervisor at the Bowie Branch of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (MD). Below, you’ll see what they were all raving about.

Sophie’s Picks

Cici Reno MiddleSchoolMatchmakerCici Reno: #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker, by Kristina Springer (Sterling)

Saving Montgomery Sole, by Mariko Tamaki (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts, by Esta Spalding (LBYR)

Gena/Finn, by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson (Chronicle)

American Girls, by Allison Umminger (Flatiron/Macmillan)

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, by Cathy Camper & Raul The Third (Chronicle)


Steven’s Picks

The Drake Equation, by Bart King (Disney/Hyperion)

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, by John Boyne (Holt)

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts, by Esta Spalding (LBYR)

The Seventh Wish, by Kate Messner (Bloomsbury)

Patrick Griffin’s Last Breakfast on Earth, by Ned Rust (Roaring Brook)


Karen’s Picks

Samurai Rising The Epic Life of Minamoto YoshitsuneSamurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune, by Pamela S. Turner, and illustrated by Gareth Hines (Charlesbridge)

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie, by Deborah Noyes (Viking)

The Girl in the Well Is Me, by Karen Rivers (Algonquin Young Readers)

Where You’ll Find Me, by Natashia Friend (Farrar Straus Giroux)

Symptoms of Being Human, by Jeff Garvin (Balzer & Bray)

CiCi Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker, by Kristina Springer (Sterling)

The Smell of Other People’s Houses, by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Wendy Lamb Books)


Jennifer’s Picks

The Smell of Other Peoples HousesThe Smell of Other People’s Houses, by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Wendy Lamb Books)

Snow Job, by Charles Benoit (Houghton)

Burn Baby Burn, by Meg Medina (Candlewick)

Dan vs. Nature, by Don Calame (Candlewick)


Joslyn’s Picks

Silence is Goldfish, by Annabel Pitcher (LBYR)

My Kind of Crazy, by Robin Reul (Sourcebooks)

Anything You Want, by Geoff Herbach (Sourcebooks)

This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp (Sourcebooks)

Flawed, by Cecelia Ahern (Macmillan)



About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the Executive Director of LibraryReads. She was formerly the Editor, Reference and Collection Management, for Booklist Publications.

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