YA Cover Trend Alert: Scratch That

Cindy and Lynn: We were fortunate to be in the Seattle audience for the 2019 Youth Media Awards¬†announcements, and as usual, there were surprises. Some of our favorite books won different awards than we predicted, and some were shut out entirely. Other books that hadn’t been on our radar now have us scrambling to place holds at our libraries or add to our Goodreads lists or Cindy’s school orders. If you were left scratching out titles on your award prediction lists and adding others, you might be up for reading one of these recent YA novels that feature lots of scratching and scribbling, too. Go, ahead, scratch away or scribble big, black, angry balls on your lists. It might make you feel better.


All the Things That Could Go Wrong, by Stewart Foster

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily, by Laura Creedle

Still Life with Tornado, by A. S. King

Things I Should Have Known, by Claire Lazebnik


About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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