The Latest Booklist: Spotlights on Middle-Grade Fiction and Women’s Fiction

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The current issue of Booklist is now live, and we are thrilled to celebrate middle-grade fiction! In this epic new issue we have a top 10 of mythical middle-grade fiction and this year’s top 10 for middle-grade fiction on audio. Ronny Khuri, playing double duty, explores some read-alikes inspired by Carrie Firestone’s upcoming middle-grade title, Dress Coded, and compiles a core collection of fiction and nonfiction middle-grade titles that focus on the feminine perspective.

Speaking of focusing on women’s perspectives, this issue also features our annual Spotlight on Women’s Fiction, where you’ll find top-10 selections for women’s fiction in print and on audio. Susan Maguire, inspired by sibling bonding, gathered a core collection of sisters in women’s fiction. While you’re at it, make sure to check out audio editor Heather Booth’s listen-alikes, based on the nonbinary narrations of two recently published audiobooks, Something That May Shock and Discredit You, by Daniel Mallory Ortberg and We’re Not from Here, narrated by Dani Martinek. Booklist reviewer Jessica Agudelo also lays out some wonderful tips and sound advice on how to serve Latino communities in the latest Trade Secrets. To cap this abundant issue, ALA staffer and Booklist reviewer Alice Burton brings her favorite nonfiction selections about the suffragist movement and the Nineteenth Amendment to this issue’s Booklist Backlist.

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 333 new reviews. You can also find the complete digital edition of the April 15 issue. 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'

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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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