The Latest Booklist: Middle-Grade Mania!

The current issue of Booklist is now live, and we are thrilled to celebrate Middle-Grade Mania! The Books for Youth editorial staff combed through hundreds of middle-grade titles to compose a list of Booklist’s 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the 21st Century. See which of your favorite titles made the cut! There are also two new top 10 lists (one for #OwnVoices, one for middle-grade fiction on audio); an interview between Books for Youth Editor Sarah Hunter and two talented school librarians about readers’ advisory for middle-schoolers; and a “Carte Blanche,” in which columnist Michael Cart explores the historical progress of middle-grade fiction and opines about its future.

Also included in this wonderfully abundant issue is our annual Spotlight on Women’s Fiction, where you’ll find top 10 selections for women’s fiction in adult books and on audio. We have two subscriber-exclusive core collections that cover women’s fertility issues in fiction and STEAM-focused middle-grade fiction, too. Log in to gain access to these great issue spotlight lists. While you’re at it, make sure to check out Audio Editor Heather Booth’s interview with Laurie Halse Anderson, where they discuss Anderson’s poignant narration of her memoir in verse, Shout. And finally, Bill Ott pays homage to his own attempt to provide readers of Booklist a break from work in his penultimate Back Page installment. Say it ain’t so!

The April 15 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new feature articles and lists, along with 310 new reviews. Most articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care of that today!

You can also find the complete magazine online! Booklist’s digital edition of the April 15 issue is also live. It’s a great way to explore the magazine from your iPhone, iPad, tablet, Samsung Galaxy, or any other internet-connected device. With the digital issue, subscribers will now get print, online, digital, and archival access to the 22 Booklist and four Book Links issues each year! Visit



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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