Author Archive: Maggie Reagan

Maggie Reagan works for Booklist as an associate editor in the Books for Youth department. In addition to the required love of reading, she is also an adventure junkie, animal hugger, and stringed-instrument enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter @MagdalenaRayGun.

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The Shelf Care Interview: Margaret Owen

The Shelf Care Interview: Margaret Owen

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Macmillan. In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Maggie Reagan talks to Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow and The Faithless Hawk. Margaret was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail and has worked […]

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Bookmakers: Graphix Early Readers Presents Jess Keating’s BUNBUN & BONBON

Bookmakers: Graphix Early Readers Presents Jess Keating’s BUNBUN & BONBON

As a tool for literacy,” says David Saylor, publisher of Graphix, “nothing beats the graphic novel.” It’s a message he will doubtless have to repeat many times. Though graphic novels have been gaining enormous traction, especially in the children’s market, many parents and educators remain wary of them, despite their proven benefits. Through Graphix, the imprint […]

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The Shelf Care Interview: Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

The Shelf Care Interview: Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Maggie Reagan talks to Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of history and […]

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The Shelf Care Interview: Irene Latham and Charles Waters

The Shelf Care Interview: Irene Latham and Charles Waters

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Lerner. In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Maggie Reagan talks to Irene Latham and Charles Waters. Irene Latham is the author of many books, including two novels for children, Leaving […]

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Leaving Home: Talking with Sarah Dessen

Leaving Home: Talking with Sarah Dessen

These days, it’s pretty hard to imagine the YA landscape without Sarah Dessen. With a body of work that has earned her a Margaret A. Edwards award for her contributions to children’s literature and a thoughtful, accessible writing style that has ensnared a loyal legion of fans, Dessen is a staple in the field. Her […]

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SPEAK, Suffragettes, and Sexual Violence: Laurie Halse Anderson Reflects on Her Seminal YA Novel
By January 11, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

SPEAK, Suffragettes, and Sexual Violence: Laurie Halse Anderson Reflects on Her Seminal YA Novel

In 1999, a woman who was to become a major voice in YA made her fiction debut with the novel Speak: a spare, biting, redemptive story about a girl starting high school as an outcast in the aftermath of her rape. It’s been nearly two decades since the publication of Speak, and Laurie Halse Anderson, its […]

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Girls to the Front: Jennifer Mathieu’s MOXIE

Girls to the Front: Jennifer Mathieu’s MOXIE

Let’s get one thing out of the way: You write about the rain when it’s sunny. These days, though, it’s always raining, and no one has time to wait for the sun. So you write heartbroken. You write frustrated. And you write angry. Last year saw a new wave of books that dealt with rape […]

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The B-Word: Julie Murphy’s RAMONA BLUE and Riley Redgate’s NOTEWORTHY

The B-Word: Julie Murphy’s RAMONA BLUE and Riley Redgate’s NOTEWORTHY

New novels by Julie Murphy and Riley Redgate, out this month, both tackle the oft-neglected B in LGBTQ. Julie Murphy (Dumplin’, 2015) knows a thing or two about navigating the worlds of girls on the brink of self-discovery. In Ramona Blue, that girl is Ramona Leroux, over six feet tall and sporting blue hair. She’s also […]

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Where Lives Are Long and Death Is Gone: Neal Shusterman’s SCYTHE
By November 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Where Lives Are Long and Death Is Gone: Neal Shusterman’s SCYTHE

Shusterman’s latest investigates a future world without struggle or desire. Without these, he asks, are we even human? In the year 2042, humans conquered death. Now, in the postmortal society of MidMerica, people can live for millennia, either reanimated from fatal accidents or “turning the corner” when they get old by resetting themselves to a […]

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Banned Books Week: “I Am Jazz” Read-Alikes
By September 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Banned Books Week: “I Am Jazz” Read-Alikes

Next week is Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read. As part of their efforts, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books. As this year’s list proves once again, if any book is bound to end up challenged, it’s one that deals with LGBT issues […]