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Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (YA Edition)
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Title Trend: The Nouns of Full Names (YA Edition)

From The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, authors have used “the noun of full name” titling method to effectively pitch their stories to readers, giving them the who and the what right off the bat. Due to the sheer volume of examples I’ve found (literally hundreds), I’ll be breaking up this title […]

YA Cover Trend Alert: Scratch That

YA Cover Trend Alert: Scratch That

Cindy and Lynn: We were fortunate to be in the Seattle audience for the 2019 Youth Media Awards announcements, and as usual, there were surprises. Some of our favorite books won different awards than we predicted, and some were shut out entirely. Other books that hadn’t been on our radar now have us scrambling to place […]

Cindy & Lynn’s 2018 Book Awards

Cindy & Lynn’s 2018 Book Awards

Cindy and Lynn: We had so much fun giving out last year’s 2017 Bookends Awards, this year we’re announcing a new batch for 2018’s publications! We’re not talking about Newbery, Caldecott, or Printz Awards; we’ll leave those to the official committees. We’re off to Seattle this week for the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting, and we can’t wait to learn who […]

Indiana High School Basketball: Attucks, Oscar Robertson, and Civil Rights

Indiana High School Basketball: Attucks, Oscar Robertson, and Civil Rights

Cindy: Basketball fans rejoice—have we got a book for you! I know there’s some Super Bowl hype ratcheting up, but I couldn’t care less (especially since the Bears are out). It’s officially Big 10 college basketball season at my house and my crimson-and-cream, candy-stripe Hoosier warm-up pants are at the ready, while Lynn cheers for her […]

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Bookends Favorites 2018: Lynn’s Selections

Bookends Favorites 2018: Lynn’s Selections

Lynn: Choosing our list of annual favorites is SO hard! Cindy is right that I seldom can keep to the limit, but please remember she chose 16! This was an exceptional year and there are so many I wish I could include. Please stay tuned as we will soon post our Bookends Pre-Midwinter Awards which […]

Bookends Favorites 2018: Cindy’s Selections

Bookends Favorites 2018: Cindy’s Selections

Cindy: Once again, Lynn and I are going to share our favorite books of 2018. I hope some of them end up winning awards, but that is not in our criteria for selecting them—these are the books we most enjoyed reading. I suggested limiting ourselves to 10 but then ended up listing 16. We both have […]

HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE: Lessons in Living from Sy Montgomery

HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE: Lessons in Living from Sy Montgomery

Lynn: Sy Montgomery is a familiar name to nature-loving readers of all ages. The author of more than 20 books, she is a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of many awards including the Sibert Award, the Henry Bergh Award for Nonfiction, and others. Her most recent book, How to Be a Good Creature: A […]

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Happy New Year! Here’s a Peek at 2019 Reading Fun

Happy New Year! Here’s a Peek at 2019 Reading Fun

Lynn and Cindy: Happy New Year from Bookends! ALA Midwinter and the big Youth Media Awards for the 2018 publishing year are just a few weeks away. Here at Bookends, we are simultaneously winding up our 2018 reading recommendations and ramping up for hot-off-the-press 2019 books. Watch for our annual “Bookends Favorites” lists, which are […]

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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