Young Adult

Running toward Healing: Deb Caletti’s A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD

Running toward Healing: Deb Caletti’s A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD

Lynn: It happens without warning: Annabelle has been trying to hold it together for a long time but suddenly she snaps and, in one panicky moment, she is running. “Snapping is easy when you’re already brittle from the worst possible thing happening,” she says. This is the reader’s introduction to Annabelle Agnelli and her journey […]

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NIGHT FLIGHTS: A Return to MORTAL ENGINES

NIGHT FLIGHTS: A Return to MORTAL ENGINES

Lynn: When I heard that a movie of Philip Reeve’s brilliant Mortal Engines (2003) was in the works, I immediately wanted to reread the series. (I hear a chorus of “Sing it, sister!”) If you HAVEN’T read the series, RUN to get the first book NOW! If you’re a fan of world-building, this series is like […]

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S. A. Bodeen Talks Doomsday Seeds, Writerly Inspiration, and THE TOMB
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S. A. Bodeen Talks Doomsday Seeds, Writerly Inspiration, and THE TOMB

Middle-grade and young adult readers know and love S. A. Bodeen for her imaginative stories of adventure and survival—shipwrecks, doomsday bunkers, and dystopian human experiments abound. The Tomb, her tenth novel, follows 13-year-old Kiva after she emerges from virtual reality and finds herself aboard a spaceship. Earth is gone, and she traverses space with some […]

HOW WE ROLL: A Novel of Identity and Friendship

HOW WE ROLL: A Novel of Identity and Friendship

Lynn: On the first day of high school in a new town, with a chance to make a new life, Quinn looks at the two wigs on her bureau. Should she be Guinevere or Sasha? It’s been 408 days since she lost all her hair to an autoimmune disorder, during which time her eighth-grade friends drifted […]

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UNEARTHED: Indiana Jones in Outer Space

UNEARTHED: Indiana Jones in Outer Space

Lynn: I have great respect for teen readers. They eat up books dealing with serious social issues, books that open doors to diverse cultures, and books carefully examining different points of view. But hey—sometimes even teen readers just want to have fun! So, librarians and teachers, when teens come looking for fun, here’s something to […]

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Back to School Cover Trend: Lockers

Back to School Cover Trend: Lockers

Cindy: Our students started school last week, and now, with the Labor Day holiday behind us, most students around the country are back as well.  One challenge facing new middle-school students is learning their locker combination. It’s such a big deal to go from a coat room hook to a locker! Accordingly, many book covers depict an […]

Film Diverse Books! 7 Movie-Ready YA Novels

Film Diverse Books! 7 Movie-Ready YA Novels

The box office success of Crazy Rich Asians (the sequel has already been announced!) has the interwebs a-twitter with discussions of how one movie with a fabulous all-Asian cast has increased diverse representation in Hollywood. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, released just two days later on Netflix, features a trio of Korean-American sisters and […]

Time Traveling Audiobooks for Youth
By August 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Time Traveling Audiobooks for Youth

Time travel, time paradoxes, time shells, time hollows—are they fantasy? Reality? The following titles are billed as fiction, but they’re also a look into endless possibilities. Last week, we brought you audiobooks about time travel for adults, but it’s time (sorry) younger readers got their due. Go ahead—or back.   47, by Walter Mosley, read […]

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BLOOD WATER PAINT: Artemisia Gentileschi for YAs

BLOOD WATER PAINT: Artemisia Gentileschi for YAs

Cindy: I’ve been fascinated by the Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi ever since I read Susan Vreeland’s novel, The Passion of Artemisia (2002), while serving on the Best Books for Young Adults YALSA committee when it still included adult books in its charge. When I learned about the new debut YA novel Blood Water Paint (2018) […]

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Top-Secret Transmission: Locate THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE Now!

Top-Secret Transmission: Locate THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE Now!

Lynn: We count you Bookends readers as friends. Having just read The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (September) by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, I know that, were I a goblin, I would affectionately address you as follows: You clammy, sweaty pedant! Get your toad-like hands on this book ASAP (as-soon-as-published)! Brilliant and very, very funny, writer […]