Author Archive: Cindy Dobrez & Lynn Rutan

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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A New Home for Bookends

A New Home for Bookends

Lynn and Cindy: For the past 10 years, our Bookends blog has been affiliated with Booklist as the Booklist Online youth blog. Now, as the Booklist Reader undergoes some changes and reorganization, we have decided it is time to write a new chapter for Bookends. Bookends is going back to its roots as an independent blog and now […]

Are We Alone in the Universe? A Picture-Book Explanation of the Search for Exoplanets

Are We Alone in the Universe? A Picture-Book Explanation of the Search for Exoplanets

Lynn: Is there other life in the universe? People have been looking up at the night sky and asking this question for thousands of years. Today, scientists are actively engaged in finding answers to this intriguing puzzle and making exciting discoveries at an extraordinary pace. Curtis Manley explores this fascinating subject in Just Right: Searching […]

Eat This! Marketing Junk Food to Children and Teens

Eat This! Marketing Junk Food to Children and Teens

Cindy: New Year’s healthy eating resolutions usually start to flag by February, so it’s perfect timing for us to share a 2018 title that’s a great fit for Booklist‘s Spotlight on Health & Wellness. Eat This! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and How to Fight Back) by Andrea Curtis offers lessons […]

Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

Cindy: The nature artist Gwen Frostic (1906-2001) is a Michigan treasure, so when Lynn found her new picture-book biography, Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story, (2018) at the public library, I was delighted. Frostic was born in the thumb of Michigan’s mitten-shaped lower peninsula but eventually settled on the other side of the state, in the woods of […]

The Butler Did It: Gary D. Schmidt’s New Middle-Grade Novel

The Butler Did It: Gary D. Schmidt’s New Middle-Grade Novel

Cindy: Doesn’t everyone need a butler to appear on their doorstep to help restore order and routine to their household? He might not have the supernatural talents of Mary Poppins, but the butler in Gary D. Schmidt’s new book, Pay Attention, Carter Jones (2019), works his own kind of magic. The butler, Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick, was […]

Bookends at #ALAMW19

Bookends at #ALAMW19

Cindy & Lynn: We’ve been attending ALA Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings regularly since 2000, but we’ve each missed at least one. We were awed to learn that Booklist‘s Editor & Publisher Bill Ott achieved his eightieth straight ALA while in Seattle last week—40 years without missing even one. This one was special as it […]

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YA Cover Trend Alert: Scratch That

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 […]

Cindy & Lynn’s 2018 Book Awards

Cindy & Lynn’s 2018 Book Awards

Cindy and Lynn: We had so much fun giving out last year’s 2017 Bookends Awards, this year we’re announcing a new batch for 2018’s publications! We’re not talking about Newbery, Caldecott, or Printz Awards; we’ll leave those to the official committees. We’re off to Seattle this week for the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting, and we can’t wait to learn who […]

Find Adventure at the Art Museum in These Two Picture Books

Find Adventure at the Art Museum in These Two Picture Books

Lynn: Art museums are magical places! These two picture books from 2018 take that idea and use it to spin imaginative tales. The first is Raúl Colón’s delightful Imagine (2018). In this wordless story, a young boy leaves a drab area of his city to visit the Museum of Modern Art. As he carefully observes three […]

Indiana High School Basketball: Attucks, Oscar Robertson, and Civil Rights

Indiana High School Basketball: Attucks, Oscar Robertson, and Civil Rights

Cindy: Basketball fans rejoice—have we got a book for you! I know there’s some Super Bowl hype ratcheting up, but I couldn’t care less (especially since the Bears are out). It’s officially Big 10 college basketball season at my house and my crimson-and-cream, candy-stripe Hoosier warm-up pants are at the ready, while Lynn cheers for her […]

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