Tag: Gr. 6-12

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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SPOOKED! A 1938 Radio Broadcast Reveals Our Gullibility

SPOOKED! A 1938 Radio Broadcast Reveals Our Gullibility

Cindy: Lynn and I teased Bookends readers about this fascinating book in an earlier post after we both read it on the plane home from the ALA Annual Conference. This week, we’re participating in the blog tour for Spooked! How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America (2018). For […]

BOUND BY ICE: A True North Pole Survival Story

BOUND BY ICE: A True North Pole Survival Story

  Bookends is thrilled to participate in our first blog tour. At the end of this post, find details about the rest of the stops on the tour!     Cindy: If you thought Shackleton’s three months trapped in the ice in the Antarctic was a gripping survival story, wait until you hear about George […]

These Book Covers Need a Manicure

These Book Covers Need a Manicure

Cindy and Lynn: Here in cold, cloudy Michigan, many schools are on spring break, and local salons have been busy making hands and feet pretty for the sunny, warm destinations we’ve been dreaming about all winter. Teen books are a different story altogether. While the occasional teen book, like Bella Thorne’s Autumn Falls, features a hand […]

UNDEFEATED: The Jim Thorpe Story for Teens

UNDEFEATED: The Jim Thorpe Story for Teens

Cindy: It’s March. Madness time. And I’m a basketball fan. But here I am writing about football. It’s all Steve Sheinkin’s fault. His new book, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, made me forget about college basketball for a few days. The book launches with a three-page “Tryout” that will have […]

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Team Romance or Team Independent: Teens Chime in on Love in Dystopian Fiction

Team Romance or Team Independent: Teens Chime in on Love in Dystopian Fiction

Cindy and Lynn: Lynn missed a wild middle-school book club meeting a few weeks ago. I believe it started during Jackson’s rave review of the recent Printz honor title Scythe by Neal Shusterman. This 8th-grade reader loved the book, but commented that he really doesn’t need romance in his dystopian books. “Romance is fine,” he said. […]

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The Plot Against Hitler in Teen Nonfiction

The Plot Against Hitler in Teen Nonfiction

Lynn and Cindy: We’re always on the look-out for books about WWII. Our eighth graders read Anne Frank in their English classes, adding to their already considerable interest in the subject—and having enough books on a popular topic for more than 300 students year after year is a challenge. So we’re very happy to have four excellent, new WWII books […]

A Sneak Peek of Booklist’s Interview with Faith Erin Hicks
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A Sneak Peek of Booklist’s Interview with Faith Erin Hicks

As First Second celebrates their tenth anniversary of publishing excellent graphic novels, we wanted to chime in with our congratulations. This year, they’re publishing the fantastic Nameless City, by First Second stalwart Faith Erin Hicks. You’ll find a review in our upcoming March 15 issue, Spotlight on Graphic Novels, along with an interview with Hicks […]

Farewell, Granny Weatherwax

Farewell, Granny Weatherwax

Lynn: The passing of the peerless Terry Pratchett last March saddened the book world deeply. Fans of the Discworld stories felt bereft at the thought of losing both its creator AND its wonderful denizens. Those of us in the youth-books world felt the loss perhaps even more keenly, because so many of us had also had the doubled joy of experiencing […]

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Paper Towns, the Movie, and More

Paper Towns, the Movie, and More

Cindy & Lynn: Are you ready for the release of the Paper Towns movie on June 24? We’ve been ready for a while. We picked up “John Green & I go way back!” buttons at the Penguin booth at the ALA Midwinter Meetings last January, but when Cindy tells her middle-school students that John was at her […]

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