Tag: historical fiction

This All-of-a-Kind Family Picture Book Is a Gift to Readers

This All-of-a-Kind Family Picture Book Is a Gift to Readers

Lynn: I’m not usually one to gush nostalgically, but Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky have me doing just that. Their new picture book, All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah (2018), is a joyous celebration of both the holiday and one of my all time favorite series. As a child, I adored Sydney Taylor’s original All-of-a-Kind Family books […]

Five More (Audiobooks) to Go: Kate Atkinson’s TRANSCRIPTION, read by Fenella Woolgar
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Five More (Audiobooks) to Go: Kate Atkinson’s TRANSCRIPTION, read by Fenella Woolgar

Our newest feature gives Booklist critics the opportunity to shout about a recently published book they adored. They’ll tell us why we should read it, then provide five read-alikes for the title.    Transcription, by Kate Atkinson and read by Fenella Woolgar Actress Fenella Woolgar and author Kate Atkinson have shared many creatively fruitful unions. […]

Jonathan Auxier’s SWEEP: A Truly Magical Read

Jonathan Auxier’s SWEEP: A Truly Magical Read

Cindy: Every so often, and not often enough, a book sweeps me off my feet and makes me want to curl up and read it straight through. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster (2018) is one of those books.Part historical fiction, part Jewish mythology, and part magical realism, this tale of a young […]

An Entirely Unwelcome Justification: Jason Lutes on His Epic Graphic Novel, BERLIN
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An Entirely Unwelcome Justification: Jason Lutes on His Epic Graphic Novel, BERLIN

Over the past 20 years, Jason Lutes has been steadfastly churning out a stunning epic, and today, for the first time, it’s out in its entirety from Drawn & Quarterly. Berlin, which he started writing and drawing in 1998, recounts the intersecting paths of a diverse group of people living in Weimar-era Berlin, and how the rise […]

THE NIGHT DIARY Gives Voice to History

THE NIGHT DIARY Gives Voice to History

Lynn: Veera Hiranandani puts the well-loved structure of the fictional diary to exquisite use in her latest novel. InThe Night Diary (2018), 12-year-old Nisha receives a diary as a birthday gift from Kazi, the family servant who has raised and cared for Nisha and her twin brother after their mother died giving birth to them. Nisha […]

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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FATAL THRONE: THE WIVES OF HENRY VIII TELL ALL

FATAL THRONE: THE WIVES OF HENRY VIII TELL ALL

Cindy: Lynn and I saw the large promo banner for Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All (2018) at ALA Midwinter and were eager to read it. Edited by Candace Fleming (The Family Romanov) and written by many of our favorite YA authors, the killer cover had our attention. The structure the novel employs […]

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More Baseball Books Join This Year’s Lineup

More Baseball Books Join This Year’s Lineup

Lynn: It’s a great season for baseball fans! Not only is our favorite game in full swing, but there’s a full field of new books about baseball to enjoy when the games are over. Bookends reviewed two last week. Here are two more recent titles to join the lineup.   The Game Can’t Love You Back, by […]

Publishing U: Writing Neurodivergent Characters

Publishing U: Writing Neurodivergent Characters

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts! In this installment of our Publishing U series, IPPY Award-winner author of historical fiction James Markert (All Things Bright and Strange, The Angel’s Share) discusses the issue of how to write a character with autism.  When we consider the term […]

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ANYBODY’S GAME: Girls and Baseball

ANYBODY’S GAME: Girls and Baseball

Lynn: Girls don’t play baseball. It’s impossible to know how often girls yearning to play the national sport have heard that phrase. Well, girls do play baseball, and they have played as far back as the 1890s. Here are two wonderful new books, set in the 1950s, that take on this very subject. In the middle-grade […]