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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Strength through Struggle: Ruta Sepetys Talks about Her Latest Novel and Writing for Young Adults
By February 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Strength through Struggle: Ruta Sepetys Talks about Her Latest Novel and Writing for Young Adults

“Clearly,” Ruta Sepetys says with a good-natured laugh, “I have no idea what my books are about.” She’s speaking to a room packed full of people who have come to hear her discuss her latest release, Salt to the Sea, a novel about the greatest maritime disaster in history. As a multi-award-winning author whose books have […]

Remembering the Drowned: Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea
By February 2, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Remembering the Drowned: Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea

The acclaimed Ruta Sepetys dredges up a sunken German military ship as she fictionalizes the greatest—and surprisingly little-known—tragedy in maritime history. Shipwrecks and maritime disasters are of fathomless interest, with ships such as the Titanic and the Lusitania household names. It’s interesting that the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff during WWII, which led to the largest loss of life […]

Not Your English Professor’s First Lines: Openers in Contemporary Children’s Books
By February 1, 2016 2 Comments Read More →

Not Your English Professor’s First Lines: Openers in Contemporary Children’s Books

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an intraoffice debate must be in want of a blog post, and things are no different here at Booklist. The other day, we ended up discussing the topic of great first lines. You know the ones I’m talking about: “All children, except one, grow up.” “It was a […]

Writing Fantasy in a Post-Harry Potter World: Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On
By November 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Writing Fantasy in a Post-Harry Potter World: Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On

I know there are people who don’t believe in coincidences. I wouldn’t say that I’m one of them, but it was with no small measure of suspicion that I regarded the confluence of events this past October 6th. At a glance, it was just the first Tuesday in October, nothing special. Except two books were publishing […]

Do You Want to Build an Abominable Snowman? Picture Books about Yetis Are a Cool Trend
By November 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Do You Want to Build an Abominable Snowman? Picture Books about Yetis Are a Cool Trend

In terms of reputation, they’ve always been a little on the outskirts. They lack the notoriety of Bigfoot, the oddness of the chupacabra, the coyness of Nessie. But for whatever reason, this elusive cryptid has experienced a recent surge in popularity—especially when illustrated as a snuggly winter friend. Below, find a collection of picture books […]

By November 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

There Is No Outside: A Wrenching, Redemptive Film Adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Room

In many ways, the verdict is already in. This film-festival darling boasts a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with much of that praise heaped upon its two leads (Brie Larson as Ma, and Jacob Tremblay as five-year-old Jack), both of whom have already garnered some Academy buzz—and that’s all before the wide release tomorrow, […]

Most Girls Are a Lot like Me: Jennifer Donnelly’s These Shallow Graves
By October 27, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Most Girls Are a Lot like Me: Jennifer Donnelly’s These Shallow Graves

A historical novel that looks at a teen who wants to follow the news without becoming the news. Reporter Eddie says to newspaper heiress Jo Montfort, “You’re a very unusual girl,” and in some ways it’s true: rich and accomplished young women in 1890s Manhattan aren’t supposed to have aspirations beyond a good marriage. But Jo, clever and […]

Book Trailer Thursday: A Book of Spirits and Thieves

This simple trailer for Morgan Rhodes’s recently released A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Razorbill) whittles the “effectively twisted plot” of its source material down to the bare essentials: a girl in a bookstore opens a book, and is instantly transported elsewhere in a flash of light. Both the crescendoing voice-over and energetic score lend themselves well to the small […]

Stories within Stories: 8 Intriguing Nested Narratives

Stories within Stories: 8 Intriguing Nested Narratives

All right, all right, I’ll cop to it: I didn’t learn how to read until I was eight. In my defense, I had a good reason—or as good a reason as anyone can have for that kind of stubbornness—and it was that my parents read to me. There were the requisite picture-book years of course, […]

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Summer Reading: Is Rereading, Is Rereading…

Summer Reading: Is Rereading, Is Rereading…

To help you prepare for the outdoor reading season, each week we’re sharing a list from different Booklist editors and staff. —Ed.) My family spends much of each summer on beaches in Michigan, and I’m sorry to say that, as a kid, I thought beaches were the most boring places in existence (I hadn’t taken chemistry yet). So what […]