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National Book Award for Fiction 2019 Longlist Announced
By September 20, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

National Book Award for Fiction 2019 Longlist Announced

This morning, the National Book Foundation announced their longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction, the titles from which are linked to their Booklist reviews below. The five finalists in each category will be announced on October 8 so stay tuned for more literary excitement! Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James Black Light, […]

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Trend Alert: Witches

Trend Alert: Witches

I don’t know about you, but I am all here for the twenty-first century reclamation of the witch as a feminist icon. In a 2017 opinion piece for the New York Times, writer Lindy West (Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, 2016) responded to the cries of Hollywood creeps and abusers who were calling the […]

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By December 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: OWLS ARE GOOD AT KEEPING SECRETS

As indicated by the subtitle, Sara O’Leary’s Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets isn’t your typical abecedary. While children will recognize many of the animals introducing letters of the alphabet (alligators for A, foxes for F, giraffes for G), others such as iguanas and meerkats may be exciting and new. Through his illustrations, Jacob Grant expertly highlights another […]

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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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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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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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Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish

Lynn: When you’re a six-foot tall, 180-pound eighth-grader known as the Mastodon of Montgomery Middle, what do you do? If you’re cash-strapped Marcus Vega, the titular protagonist of Pablo Cartaya’s second book, Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, you run an escort service walking kids to school past bully Stephen Hobert for a fee. Responsible and caring, Marcus does […]

Cover Trend Alert: Broken Lollipops

Cover Trend Alert: Broken Lollipops

Zoje Stage’s debut novel, the eerie thriller Baby Teeth (2018), marks the latest in a slew of books with lollipops on the cover. Shattered or sadly crumbled, these crushed candies are an omen that the salad days will soon be gone for the characters inside. Several of Liane Moriarty’s book covers feature exploding stuff, but the […]

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More Than a Beach Read: SECRET SISTERS OF THE SALTY SEA

More Than a Beach Read: SECRET SISTERS OF THE SALTY SEA

Cindy: July is a great time to read about a first trip to the ocean, although the middle of a midwest winter would be good, too, when everyone has tired of the snow. Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea (2018) by Lynne Rae Perkins is a delightful beach book full of small moments of discovery […]

Greetings from Witness Protection

Greetings from Witness Protection

Cindy: Here’s an adoption story with a new twist: an orphan gets placed with a family headed into the Federal Witness Protection Program. Told ya! Nicki isn’t really an orphan, you see—her father is in prison—but she feels like one since her caregiver grandmother died. Her foster-care placements never last, since Nicki copes with her […]