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Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Lynn: Parents and teachers of teenagers should be all-too-familiar with how many of their charges feel about rules and advice. My own two sons could have rolled their eyes for America! But those of us who have (mostly) achieved adulthood know that there is a lot of good advice that could really help young people. […]

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Reviews of the Week: Sara Zarr, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Mull, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Sara Zarr, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Mull, 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 December 12 through 16 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.     Monday, December 12 Dad and the Dinosaur, by Gennifer Choldenko Newbery Honor Book author Choldenko […]

After the Series: Character-Driven Baseball Books for Youth
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After the Series: Character-Driven Baseball Books for Youth

Here in Chicago, students and teachers are still recovering from the World Series—among other things. Although I loved watching the playoffs this year, historically, I’ve preferred to experience baseball in book form. Growing up, baseball was the family sport. Hence, I’ve read my way through literally hundreds of baseball games, from t-ball to coach pitch to high school […]

Reviews of the Week: Ottessa Moshfegh, Andy Cohen, Brunonia Barry and More!

Reviews of the Week: Ottessa Moshfegh, Andy Cohen, Brunonia Barry 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 October 24 through October 28 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   Monday, October 24  Homesick for Another World, by Ottessa Moshfegh Man Booker Prize finalist […]

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Reviews of the Week: Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, Bruce Springsteen, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, Bruce Springsteen, 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 September 26 through September 30 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, September 26 Forward, by Abby Wambach Before retiring in 2015, soccer forward Wambach […]

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Ghost: Running from the Scream Inside

Ghost: Running from the Scream Inside

Lynn: When seventh-grader Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw happens upon a middle-school track team’s practice, he scoffs. What kind of sport is this? He already knows how to run. He learned the night his drunk father chased him and his mother down the street with a gun. With his dad in prison, Ghost and his mom are scraping by with hard work, thrift-store […]

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Reviews of the Week: Jess Lourey, Marcus Sedgwick, Jason Reynolds, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Jess Lourey, Marcus Sedgwick, Jason Reynolds, 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 August 29 through September 2 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, August 29 Salem’s Cipher, by Jess Lourey Fans of Lourey’s whimsical Murder-by-Month mysteries (February Fever, 2015) […]

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Miss Mary Reporting: A Middle-Grade Biography of Pioneering Sportswriter Mary Garber

Miss Mary Reporting: A Middle-Grade Biography of Pioneering Sportswriter Mary Garber

Lynn: Reading for Bookends is a very humbling job. I am always finding books about subjects I know nothing about—but should! Pioneering female sportswriter Mary Ellen Garber is a prime example. Thankfully, there’s Miss Mary Reporting: the True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber (2016) by Sue Macy. Born in 1916, Mary Ellen Garber loved sports. Much to her […]

10 Great Books about the Greatest

10 Great Books about the Greatest

Muhammad Ali inspired book after book of every kind—including Neil Liefer and Thomas Hauser’s epic Muhammad Ali, Memories, which landed him on the cover of Booklist in 1993. Here, we’ve turned to the archives to bring you 10 great titles about the Greatest for adults and young readers. The original Booklist reviews are excerpted—and linked—below. For Adults Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship […]

College Athletes Who Defied Segregation: Game Changer

College Athletes Who Defied Segregation: Game Changer

Lynn: Longtime readers know Cindy and I are both huge college basketball fans, so of course I pivoted on my way past the recent-arrivals bookshelf, swiveled, and leaped for Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game (2015). SCORE! When I sat down to read it, I realized I had a winner. This is a great story […]