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Trend Alert: Witches

Trend Alert: Witches

I don’t know about you, but I am all here for the twenty-first century reclamation of the witch as a feminist icon. In a 2017 opinion piece for the New York Times, writer Lindy West (Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, 2016) responded to the cries of Hollywood creeps and abusers who were calling the […]

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Let’s Go to the Beach!

Let’s Go to the Beach!

Summer was off to a mild start here in Chicago . . . then last weekend’s heat wave made it very clear the season—and its sweltering 95-degree temps—was upon us. Whether you’re ready to head to the beach, the pool, or just want to dream of being near (ice-cold) water, here are some reads guaranteed […]

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Title Trend: Noun of Noun and Noun

Title Trend: Noun of Noun and Noun

Here’s one I know you know: the “Noun of Noun and Noun” title has been a popular trend—especially in YA fantasy—recently. The construction is so prevalent, in fact, that Twitter seems to regularly invite me to find my own title Mad Libs-style: “Your YA fantasy title is “The [last place you went] of [weather outside] […]

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#ReadGraphic: 11 Graphic Novels for YA Readers

#ReadGraphic: 11 Graphic Novels for YA Readers

Today marks the launch of Booklist‘s first-ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month campaign, a program devoted to providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages. What can you expect? Amplified comics-related content all month long, including video interviews with Raina Telgemeier, Meg Cabot, Ngozi […]

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Cover Trend Alert: Sunglasses

Cover Trend Alert: Sunglasses

🎵 “Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo.” 🎵 Summer is here, so put on your favorite sunnies and take a book outside. Bonus points if the cover rocks a pair, too! There’s no shortage of options, and some recent heavy hitters are notable participants in this trend. If you still haven’t read Kevin […]

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Leaving Home: Talking with Sarah Dessen

Leaving Home: Talking with Sarah Dessen

These days, it’s pretty hard to imagine the YA landscape without Sarah Dessen. With a body of work that has earned her a Margaret A. Edwards award for her contributions to children’s literature and a thoughtful, accessible writing style that has ensnared a loyal legion of fans, Dessen is a staple in the field. Her […]

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Don’t Lose Ur Head: Six Post-Six Reads

Don’t Lose Ur Head: Six Post-Six Reads

Sorry not sorry, but people (including me) have been losing their heads over Six, a new pop concert musical about the six wives of Henry VIII. After debuting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Six began an open run in London’s West End. It also recently made its American premiere, opening at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, […]

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These Reads Are Also Stars: What to Read after THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

These Reads Are Also Stars: What to Read after THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR

Natasha is trying to save her family from deportation. Daniel, bogged down by his family’s expectations, is attempting to find himself. Natasha believes in science and facts. Daniel is a poet. Then one moment brings the two together, and in 24 short hours, they learn their worlds, though different, aren’t so separate after all. The […]

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YA That Slays: A Buffy-Inspired Batch of Kick-Butt Books

YA That Slays: A Buffy-Inspired Batch of Kick-Butt Books

Over 20 years after the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there is a new entry in the Buffyverse: Kiersten White’s Slayer, which hit shelves on January 8. White’s latest YA novel follows Nina and her twin sister, Artemis. Both have been raised at the Watchers Academy, an organization responsible for protecting Slayer lore, demon knowledge, and […]

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The Truth Is, There’s a Whole Lotta Lying Goin’ on in YA Lit

The Truth Is, There’s a Whole Lotta Lying Goin’ on in YA Lit

Cindy: After last week’s midterm elections concluded, one issue had bipartisan support: everyone applauded the end of the political TV ads and robocalls. I figure we have six weeks or so before the 2020 ads appear and perhaps some of you don’t know what to do with your free time, now that you’re not fact-checking lies […]

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