Whistling past the graveyard

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Another odd mini-trend to go with our rapture-girl books: The Boy in the Black Suit and The Dead I Know star teenage boys who work in funeral homes. The girl in Six Feet Over It lives in a graveyard (well, on the grounds of one) and works, after school, as its manager. Where’s Bod when […]

My brother’s got a secret

Child-Superhero

Now, this is just cute.

Reading rainbow? Not quite

purple books

Yo, Marsala, I’m happy for you, I’ma let you finish — but Eggplant is the real Color of the Year. At least according to this entire shelf of purple-jacketed books.

Most popular boys’ names 2025?

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I read a lot of supernatural romance YA — for the Mag, for the Guide, and for fun — and I’ve been noticing how many dreamy guys in recent series are named either Jared or Cole. Bonus points for a Jared/Cole in a love triangle with the female protagonist, or if the protagonist and said […]

Holistic healing, YA-style?

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Serendipitously, these two audiobooks were next to each other on a cart. I’d take the song.

Veggies in undies: real-life remix

Mutant carrot.

Hey, it’s an art form. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

I see London! I see France! I see broccoli in underpants!

doodler_veggies with wedgies

What’s with the books about vegetables in underwear? As a pro-underpants vegetarian, I feel compelled to comment on this mushrooming trend. Okay, maybe it’s less a trend and more…well…three books on the topic, a veritable cornucopia of corn cobs in tightie-whities. Last spring’s Veggies with Wedgies by Todd H. Doodler (Little Simon, May 2014) started […]

Mini-trend: Grrrl power grrraphic novels

eldeafo

We’ve noticed a welcome trend lately: excellent graphic novel memoirs (or fiction that feels an awful lot like) written by women about their adolescence. Here are a few to enjoy. (Thanks, Marjane Satrapi, for breaking ground with Persepolis, and to the Tamaki cousins for Skim and This One Summer! Also Katie’s girl-crush Lucy Knisley, who […]

Dinosaur versus… everything

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Roar roar ROAR! When it comes to destruction, dinosaurs win! Check out these two brand-new titles about dinosaurs on rampages:

YOLO

yolo

Or…make that twice. (Thanks to Cindy for finding these two name-alikes on the very same book cart today!)