Author Archive: Melody Ekstrom

Melody’s love of words has taken her on a variety of adventures, beyond the adventures on the page, including librarian, bookseller, literary intern, dramaturg, and script reader. Reading hundreds of books a year, she's constantly seeking that next literary fix.

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Let’s face it: the world’s a mess. Who doesn’t need a good laugh in the face of the apocalypse? (You know, laugh to keep from crying and all that jazz.) And Good Omens, a product of the combined genius of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, has had us giggling over the threat of doomsday since […]

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Let’s Go to the Beach!

Let’s Go to the Beach!

Summer was off to a mild start here in Chicago . . . then last weekend’s heat wave made it very clear the season—and its sweltering 95-degree temps—was upon us. Whether you’re ready to head to the beach, the pool, or just want to dream of being near (ice-cold) water, here are some reads guaranteed […]

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Return of the Royals: Four Steamy Summertime Reads

Return of the Royals: Four Steamy Summertime Reads

It’s been over a year since we celebrated Harry and Meghan’s wedding with some royal reads. But just because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are married and living happily ever after (especially with the arrival of adorable baby Archie), it doesn’t mean we as readers should stop indulging in fairy tales. In fact, 2019 […]

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#ReadGraphic: 11 Graphic Novels for YA Readers

#ReadGraphic: 11 Graphic Novels for YA Readers

Today marks the launch of Booklist‘s first-ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month campaign, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages. What can you expect? Amplified comics-related content all month long, including video interviews with Raina Telgemeier, Meg Cabot, Ngozi […]

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Don’t Lose Ur Head: Six Post-Six Reads

Don’t Lose Ur Head: Six Post-Six Reads

Sorry not sorry, but people (including me) have been losing their heads over Six, a new pop concert musical about the six wives of Henry VIII. After debuting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Six began an open run in London’s West End. It also recently made its American premiere, opening at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, […]

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These Reads Are Also Stars: What to Read after THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

These Reads Are Also Stars: What to Read after THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

Natasha is trying to save her family from deportation. Daniel, bogged down by his family’s expectations, is attempting to find himself. Natasha believes in science and facts. Daniel is a poet. Then one moment brings the two together, and in 24 short hours, they learn their worlds, though different, aren’t so separate after all. The […]

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YA That Slays: A Buffy-Inspired Batch of Kick-Butt Books

YA That Slays: A Buffy-Inspired Batch of Kick-Butt Books

Over 20 years after the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there is a new entry in the Buffyverse: Kiersten White’s Slayer, which hit shelves on January 8. White’s latest YA novel follows Nina and her twin sister, Artemis. Both have been raised at the Watchers Academy, an organization responsible for protecting Slayer lore, demon knowledge, and […]

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Big Girl, You Are Beautiful: Six Post-Dumplin’ Reads

Big Girl, You Are Beautiful: Six Post-Dumplin’ Reads

Willowdean, the protagonist of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin‘ (2015), never set out to be the “Joan of Arc of fat girls.” Yet three years after Dumplin‘s release, Willowdean remains the poster child for fat positivity in YA, with readers of all ages ready to ride under her banner of self-acceptance and fabulousness. The novel’s film adaptation, starring Danielle Macdonald and […]

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Seductive Sea Creatures: Follow the Siren Song of These YA Debuts

Seductive Sea Creatures: Follow the Siren Song of These YA Debuts

Three curses. A collection of hearts buried under the ocean floor. Mermaids born of human tragedy. A coastal town’s worst nightmare that rolls in with the mist. These 2018 YA debuts center on the sea creatures sailors feared—seductive and strong, and out to lure you to the bottom of the ocean. Follow the siren song […]

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Into The Forest, Again: Atmospheric Reading for Autumn

Into The Forest, Again: Atmospheric Reading for Autumn

In literature, the woods are an in-between place where there are no rules. There is magic, which is often a form of trickery—and sometimes, the dirtiest tricks reveal the starkest truths. Those who wander may lose or find themselves, but they will never come out unchanged. If you’re in the mood for atmospheric autumn reading, […]