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Further Reading: Teen Activists

Further Reading: Teen Activists

  In the days since they survived unspeakable tragedy, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have dominated the headlines for their remarkable transformation from victims to outspoken activists. Celebrate the kids from Parkland with these empowering YA and middle-grade books about teens who rally for positive change. (The titles are linked to their […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS

When the doctors removed a tumor from Flora Banks’ brain at the age of 10, she also lost her ability to form new memories. Now, at 17, one memory sticks out—kissing Drake. The trailer for The One Memory of Flora Banks (Philomel) follows Flora as she traverses a tundra, determined to find Drake in Norway […]

Losing Face

Losing Face

Cindy and Lynn: So many of us are running around frantically—it’s that time of year. Like our mothers told us, we’d lose our heads if they weren’t attached. But recently, some teen books seem to have done just that—well, almost. Lately, we’ve noticed a steady flow of teen books with figures on the covers that, […]

Reviews of the Week: George Saunders, Lane Smith, Sharon Olds, and More!

Reviews of the Week: George Saunders, Lane Smith, Sharon Olds, 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 17 through October 21 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.   Monday, October 17  Odes, by Sharon Olds An audaciously explicit poet of the […]

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Miss Peregrine’s Prettier, Less Violent Theatrical Debut
By October 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Miss Peregrine’s Prettier, Less Violent Theatrical Debut

Well, I’ve done it. I entered the Riggs-Burton time loop and emerged intact and, on the whole, pleased. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re clearly not among the Peculiar initiate. Yet. I’m referring, of course, to Tim Burton’s new film adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for […]

Being a Teenager is Surreal: An Interview with A. S. King
By October 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Being a Teenager is Surreal: An Interview with A. S. King

Assigning books in the youth department at Booklist can sometimes prove to be a tense process, since we’re all passionate readers and love some of the same authors. But the atmosphere is never stormier than when a new A. S. King novel arrives. When Still Life with Tornado appeared on the mail cart, my colleague Julia and I, […]

Flipping the Bird at Censors

Flipping the Bird at Censors

Cindy: Many libraries and English teachers have spent the week building displays and discussing book censorship to honor Banned Books Week. Thank you. Meanwhile, there have been several teen books that have recently flipped the bird at censors in their cover art. Have you read any of these books? Do you have them in your […]

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

Cindy: Last week, we held our first middle-school book club meeting of the year. Discussing our taste in books, I told the teens my favorites are always ones that make me laugh and cry. Falling Over Sideways (2016), Jordan Sonnenblick’s latest, is a perfect example. The start of Claire’s 7th-grade year is full of the pitfalls that […]

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K-I-S-S-I-N-G on YA Book Covers

K-I-S-S-I-N-G on YA Book Covers

Cindy and Lynn: Booklist’s #SeptemberRomance seems like the perfect time to highlight all the kissy face on teen book covers.       Let’s start slowly with the lipstick traces on Anna Michels’ 26 Kisses (2016) and what we assume is an off-stage kiss on the cover of On the Fence by Kasie West (2014).         […]

Who Am I? What Happened? Teen Memory Loss Novels

Who Am I? What Happened? Teen Memory Loss Novels

Cindy: I looked at a friend across a table yesterday and could not remember her name. Rather than worry about aging, though, I’m going to chalk it up to the epidemic of amnesia cases in YA lit. I think it’s rubbing off on me. Earlier this year I read With Malice (2016) by Eileen Cook […]

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