Tag: middle-grade books

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Middle-Grade Reading & Women’s Fiction

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Middle-Grade Reading & Women’s Fiction

The March 1 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 307 new reviews and nine new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or you do subscribe but haven’t […]

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2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

Early this morning at the Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the American Library Association announced the 2017 Youth Media Awards to a cheering crowd. Like so many others, I was at home, watching the ceremony on my laptop, dribbling toast crumbs onto my cat. (You too can be this glamorous if you just try a little bit […]

Bookends Favorites 2016: Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA

Bookends Favorites 2016: Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA

Cindy: I managed to keep my list to ten titles this year, a miracle, really. It helps that I can rest easy knowing that other personal favorites are appearing on Lynn’s lists. It’s always hard to pick just a small number as so many books become favorites for different reasons. The Twelve Days of Dash […]

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Reviews of the Week: Ann Patchett, Katharine McGee, Jeffrey Toobin, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Ann Patchett, Katharine McGee, Jeffrey Toobin, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 18 through July 22 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, July 18 Commonwealth by Ann Patchett Patchett’s seventh novel (This Is the […]

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“Hey! I Think That Was a Clue!”: Writing Mysteries with Grade-Schoolers

“Hey! I Think That Was a Clue!”: Writing Mysteries with Grade-Schoolers

In my previous post, “The Names of These Books Are Secret,” I wrote about how I got the kids in my grade-school library excited about reading mystery novels using “mystery mysteries.” Although feeling a bit trepidatious I decided to also try out mystery writing with my middle-grade students. Fifth and sixth graders started by defining a […]

The Names of These Books Are Secret: Getting Grade-Schoolers Excited about Mysteries

The Names of These Books Are Secret: Getting Grade-Schoolers Excited about Mysteries

As an adult reader I really like reading mysteries, but this has never been an easy genre for me to sell to my grade-school-library patrons. A quick off-the-cuff book talk at the shelves is really my bread and butter for getting books into kids’ hands, yet I’ve always struggled to do this with mysteries. It […]

Middle-Grade Novels Have Gotten 173% Longer over the Last 40 Years

Middle-Grade Novels Have Gotten 173% Longer over the Last 40 Years

As the editorial assistant for Booklist’s youth department, I work with hefty ARCs (advanced reader copies) on a daily basis: unpacking and bringing them up from the mailroom, logging them in to our database, moving them from place to place, and sending them out for review. The sheer, physical size of these books is undeniable—and sometimes seems […]

10 Youth Novels to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

10 Youth Novels to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Though 10 years have passed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the aftereffects of the storm still reverberate in the region. While most young readers will have little to no memories of the event, the tenth anniversary of the disaster is sure to generate lots of new discussion. Those curious about the hurricane will find plenty […]

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Croatia Is the Perfect Place for a Vacation (Even if You’re Not in a Traveling Circus)

Croatia Is the Perfect Place for a Vacation (Even if You’re Not in a Traveling Circus)

Cindy: My husband’s family is from Croatia so when I received The Traveling Circus (2015) by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel, which is about a Canadian family’s trip to Croatia, I was really excited. It arrived early last spring while my husband and I were planning a summer trip to Italy and Croatia so I […]

Reviews of the Week

Reviews of the Week

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 6–10 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, July 6th A Lucky Life Interrupted, by Tom Brokaw Brokaw has […]

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