Tag: young adult fiction

The State of the YA Novel: 2017
By November 30, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

The State of the YA Novel: 2017

  This article, the last in our series celebrating #50YearsofYA, originally appeared in the December 1 issue of Booklist.       After countless interviews, features, guest essays, live events, and more, Booklist’s yearlong 50 Years of YA celebration is drawing to an end. But before we hand out diplomas, let’s convene a roundtable on what’s […]

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YA Twitter Explodes over Film Adaptations

YA Twitter Explodes over Film Adaptations

For the last few days, some big names in YA Twitter have been setting the record straight about how much control they have over the marketing of their own books. Angie Thomas—whose blockbuster 2017 novel, The Hate U Give, is presently being made into a movie—lead the charge: Authors. Don't. Control. Movie. Castings. — Angie […]

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Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers
By November 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers

President Obama’s historic December 17, 2014 order to “normalize relations” between the United States and Cuba began the restoration of diplomacy after more than half a century of hostile restrictions. His 72-hour visit to Havana in March 2016—the first made by a sitting president since Coolidge in 1928—opened and encouraged travel in both directions. The thaw, […]

A Grand Tour: THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE

Cindy: When I saw that a teen historical fantasy adventure with a bisexual main character had four starred reviews, I had to check it out. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (2017) by Mackenzi Lee did not disappoint. In fact, it was perfectly delightful. Even if you haven’t read it yet, you’ve probably already heard […]

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Celebrate National Taco Day with Kids’ Books

Celebrate National Taco Day with Kids’ Books

  As anyone on Twitter will have by now discerned, it’s #NationalTacoDay! These books for youth, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews, exult the taco in all it’s taco-y glory. Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin Tacos are high on the list of dragon-friendly foods. Who knew? There is, however, a major qualification: the salsa […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND

The clicking, gurgling, coffee-table shaped alien vuuv originally landed on Wrigley Field sometime in the early 1950s. Promising advanced technology, state-of-the-art healthcare, and a coveted spot in the “Interspecies Co-Prosperity Alliance,” the vuuv effortlessly secured human compliance. Decades later, however, the human economy has collapsed, the environment is desiccated, and high school senior Adam Costello […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: THE LIBRARY OF FATES

In this week’s video, YA author Aditi Khorana introduces her “feminist historical fantasy,” The Library of Fates (Penguin/Razorbill). Set in a magical ancient India, the book tells the story of Princess Amrita, a young woman whose harmonious kingdom is suddenly threatened by the brutal Emperor Sikander. To appease him and save her people, Amrita offers […]

Slurping Down Some Summer Reads

Slurping Down Some Summer Reads

Cindy: I just wrapped up a school year that saw the launch of 1,700 Chromebooks 1:1 in my two middle schools, and ended with preparing for major summer construction in one of my libraries by packing up or purging 26 years of accumulated work room, AV, and office “crap.” Let’s just say that I’m ready […]

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Girls to the Front: Jennifer Mathieu’s MOXIE

Girls to the Front: Jennifer Mathieu’s MOXIE

Let’s get one thing out of the way: You write about the rain when it’s sunny. These days, though, it’s always raining, and no one has time to wait for the sun. So you write heartbroken. You write frustrated. And you write angry. Last year saw a new wave of books that dealt with rape […]

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Cover Reveal: A. S. King’s THE DUST OF 100 DOGS

Cover Reveal: A. S. King’s THE DUST OF 100 DOGS

Booklist loves A. S. King. We love her so much. Need proof? When her last novel, Still Life with Tornado, appeared in the Booklist offices, two of our editors nearly came to blows over who’d get to review it. It was our 2016 Editor’s Choice Top of the List winner, and also made columnist Michael Cart’s year-end top-10 list. Her […]