Young Adult

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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Understanding Immigration and the Refugee Experience through Graphic Novels

Understanding Immigration and the Refugee Experience through Graphic Novels

Lynn: Like the picture books in our earlier post, several graphic novels published this year also offer the opportunity to walk in the shoes of refugees and immigrants. Aimed at middle-school and teen readers, these books combine outstanding text and dramatic visual images to provide reading experiences that make a deep emotional impact. The Unwanted: […]

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Black Friday Deals & a Doorbuster Book Display!

Black Friday Deals & a Doorbuster Book Display!

Cindy: IMHO the best deal over the Thanksgiving weekend is having a good book to read! I saw a Pinterest post with an 8 1/2 x 11″ sign advertising a “Black Friday Deals All Week Long” display of books with black covers. It made me laugh. I have two 8-foot long bulletin boards in one of […]

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The Truth Is, There’s a Whole Lotta Lying Goin’ on in YA Lit

The Truth Is, There’s a Whole Lotta Lying Goin’ on in YA Lit

Cindy: After last week’s midterm elections concluded, one issue had bipartisan support: everyone applauded the end of the political TV ads and robocalls. I figure we have six weeks or so before the 2020 ads appear and perhaps some of you don’t know what to do with your free time, now that you’re not fact-checking lies […]

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Decisions, Decisions: THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA

Decisions, Decisions: THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA

Lynn: I thought I had some tough dilemmas to deal with lately but those are nothing compared to what 17-year-old Elena faces in Shaun David Hutchinson’s new book, The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza (2018). Here’s the deal: Elena has heard voices emanating from everyday objects her whole life, so it’s not a huge surprise when […]

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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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A Halloween Treat for High-Schoolers and Middle-Schoolers, Too: Cherie Priest’s THE AGONY HOUSE

A Halloween Treat for High-Schoolers and Middle-Schoolers, Too: Cherie Priest’s THE AGONY HOUSE

Lynn: Looking for a great spooky book to hand teens as Halloween approaches? Cherie Priest’s The Agony House (2018) is a perfect choice! High-school senior Denise, her mom, and new stepdad are the newest residents of Argonne House in New Orleans. Over 100 years old and standing alone on a hurricane-ravaged block, the house is literally falling down […]

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John Green Launches a Book Club

John Green Launches a Book Club

In book-world news, Booklist alumnus and all-around good guy John Green has started a book club (in conjunction with his friend and colleague Rosianna Halse Rojas), called Life’s Library. The difference between it and other celebrity book clubs? All the proceeds from this one go to a charity called Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit […]

Publishing U: Tackling Tough Topics in YA

Publishing U: Tackling Tough Topics in YA

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts! In this installment of our Publishing U series, Amy Giles, author of the YA novel That Night, asks what, exactly, constitutes a controversial topic in YA and argues that the most challenging subjects can spark the most necessary conversations. A […]

“Riders on the Earth together”: APOLLO 8: THE MISSION THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING, by Martin Sandler

“Riders on the Earth together”: APOLLO 8: THE MISSION THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING, by Martin Sandler

Lynn: Here at Bookends, we do our best to review books in the old-fashioned sense, by using literary standards and keeping personal responses out of the mix as much as possible. For this review of Apollo 8: the Mission that Changed Everything (2018) by Martin W. Sandler, I want to say strongly that our literary […]

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