Reviews of the Day, 2018: Books for Youth

Reviews of the Day, 2018: Books for Youth

In a sense, every weekday is award day here at Booklist. Our Review of the Day highlights especially noteworthy titles by giving them the coveted front-and-center space on Booklist Online. We rotate adult, youth, and audio titles throughout the year, choosing each title, regardless of star status, to highlight the spotlight in the current issue of Booklist. Some Reviews of the Day are high-demand titles, while others are less-known gems we think deserve more visibility. In keeping with the season of year-end “best” lists, we have compiled ALL of the Reviews of the Day for 2018, starting in January and ending on December 12. Books and audiobooks are arranged alphabetically by title in their respective genres/subjects and linked to their Booklist reviews. We hope you’ll enjoy this look back at a vibrant year in reading.




BecauseBlendedA Boy and a HouseThe Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin MakerA Busy Creature’s Day EatingBuried Beneath the Baobab TreeCheckedDrawn TogetherDream CountryFinding LangstonFresh InkFrom Twinkle, with LoveFront DeskGhost BoysGirl Made of StarsA Heart in a Body in the WorldHeartbeatI Am Still AliveThe Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and PiracyLeah on the OffbeatA Lite Too BrightLolaLoveLove à la ModeLove and Other Carnivorous PlantsLove, PenelopeMapping the BonesNever EversOdd One OutOpposite of AlwaysOut of Left FieldThe Past and Other Things that Should Stay BuriedPuddin’ReboundThe Remember BalloonsSakura’s Cherry BlossomsA Stitch in TimeTyler Johnson Was HereA Very Large Expanse of SeaThe Way You Make Me FeelWe Are All That’s LeftWhale in a FishbowlWhat I Leave BehindWilderYou’re Safe with Me


Broken ThingsHidden PiecesThe Looking GlassNot If I Save You FirstThe Truth Lies HereWatch Hollow


The Agony HouseChildren of Blood and BoneDreaming DangerousDryEndling #1The Gilded WolvesThe Good DemonIsle of Blood and StoneThe Language of SpellsMirageObsidioRabbit & RobotA Reaper at the GatesSmall SpacesSmoke in the SunSomedayThe Storm RunnerStorm-WakeStronger, Faster, and More BeautifulSweepWe Set the Dark on FireWhite StagThe Wild Robot EscapesWildcard



The Antifa Comic BookBe PreparedThe Cardboard KingdomDeadendiaIllegalMy BeijingUndocumented



Arts/Geography/History/Religion/Science/Social Sciences/Sports & Recreation

Above and BeyondAttucks!The Complete Cookbook for Young ChefsLa FronteraThe Grand EscapeLights! Camera! Alice!Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein#MeTooNational Parks of the U.S.A.No Truth without RuthPaul Writes (a Letter)ProudPutting Peace FirstRad Girls CanThe Roots of RapSomeone Like MeThomas Paine and the Dangerous WordWhat Do You Do with a Voice Like That?We Say #NeverAgain



About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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