Tag: Gr. 7-10

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 […]

Still Watching Meghan and Harry? Try These Royal Stories

Still Watching Meghan and Harry? Try These Royal Stories

Lynn: Are you still watching videos of Meghan and Harry’s wedding on YouTube?  Yup, me too. If you and your teens are ready to move on to royal-watching in a different format, here’s a delightful new book that checks all the boxes for fans of crowned-heads-on-anything. Gorgeous clothes? Check. Handsome princes? Check. Behind-the-scenes secrets? Check. […]

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TRULY DEVIOUS is Truly Devious

TRULY DEVIOUS is Truly Devious

Lynn: Maureen Johnson sets her latest mystery, Truly Devious (2018), at Ellingham Academy, a unique private school in Vermont where all the students have a “spark.” “If interested,” reads the school literature, “[just] get in touch.” Ellingham Academy is famous for more than its unique approach to education: It is the site of a famous, unsolved 1936 kidnapping […]

Sarah Albee’s POISON: A History of Horrifying Substances for Middle-Graders

Sarah Albee’s POISON: A History of Horrifying Substances for Middle-Graders

Lynn: Author Sarah Albee makes it clear right at the beginning of Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions and Murderous Medicines (2017) that her book is NOT a how-to manual for murder! Rather, it’s a history with far more than murderous intentions. But what mystery fan doesn’t want the inside scoop on this crime-writer favorite method? Authors from […]

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ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE: A Mashup of Mystery and Fantasy

ISLE OF BLOOD AND STONE: A Mashup of Mystery and Fantasy

Lynn: Many mystery fans will happily follow the trail of a good mystery into a wide variety of other genres. Mystery and fantasy fans take note: Makiia Lucier’s Isle of Blood and Stone (2018) is right up your dark alley! In the prologue, we learn of the tragedy that has befallen the island nation St. […]

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Mystery Month? Bookends Has You Covered!

Mystery Month? Bookends Has You Covered!

Cindy and Lynn: It’s May, and you know what that means! Booklist is rolling out their May 1 Mystery Showcase and The Booklist Reader will be focused on mysteries, crime, and sleuthing all month long. We have been training our magnifying glasses on recent book covers to fit the theme. It’s no mystery that despite admonishments […]

March Madness: Get Ready with YA Basketball Books

March Madness: Get Ready with YA Basketball Books

Cindy: My Indiana Hoosiers will not be making a lot of noise in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament—you have to actually be in the tournament to do that. Without a real horse in the race, I won’t have to watch quite as closely this year, which gives me more time for basketball-themed reading. Bookends followers […]

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Alex Award Winner ALL SYSTEMS RED: A Charming New Murderbot

Alex Award Winner ALL SYSTEMS RED: A Charming New Murderbot

Lynn: All of you that work in the youth-book world will understand when I tell you that the number of adult books on my personal to-read list is in the hundreds. Yup—SO many enticing “grown-up” books and NO time to read them. Still, I keep putting them on my list. This year, a series opener […]

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Time-Strapped Teens Should REWIND

Time-Strapped Teens Should REWIND

Lynn: In Carolyn O’Doherty’s Rewind (2018), some people, known as Spinners, are born with the ability to freeze and rewind time. The general public fears the Spinners, but their unique abilities are perfect for solving crimes. Law enforcement agents take babies with this talent from their parents and bring them to training centers where they live […]

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REFUGEE: Three Harrowing Escape Stories in One

REFUGEE: Three Harrowing Escape Stories in One

Cindy: Along with one of the best book covers of the year and a moving book trailer from Scholastic, Refugee (2017) by Alan Gratz is a current favorite with my middle-school students and teachers. In this historical novel, three young refugees from three different time periods and countries alternate telling their stories. Josef, from Hitler’s […]