Mini-trend: Grrrl power grrraphic novels

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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

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

All About Audrey

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Shara wrote about the recent spate of Emily Dickinson-themed books. Now it seems like everything’s coming up Audrey… Hepburn, that is. These two novels arrived in the office at just about the same time. What do you think: coincidence? Or trend?

Owen and Flora…

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…sittin’ in a tree. So far we’ve found three Owens in novels this year. The Geography of You and Me (romantic Owen), The Unbound: An Archived Novel (evil supernatural renegade Owen), and The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim (fearless hero, or something like that, Owen). Owen-Chloe-Flora love triangle?      

Maybe it’s just me…

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…but is this cover reminiscent of this cover? In his March/April 2014 article “What Makes a Good Book Cover?” Thom Barthelmess praises the Grasshopper Jungle cover’s “iconic simplicity,” which “piques our curiosity” with its compelling minimalism. The same can certainly be said of Woman‘s cover art…but for a different reason!

Chill out, animals

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While proofreading the May/June Magazine book reviews section, Martha astutely noted how many of the picture books feature animals draped over branches. (Trust us on Two Little Birds; the picture is inside.) Nice life, animals.       

The new headless torsos, redux

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The new headless torsos could also be this.   For more book jacket love, read Thom Barthelmess’s article What Makes a Good Book Cover? From the March/April Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Illustration.

Jeune filles fatales

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As Elissa and Shara have both noted, YA themes tend to be cyclical. Vampires, zombies, mermaids, cyborgs, even Emily Dickinson devotees have all had — are still having — major upswings in YA. Dia Reeves’s 2011 Slice of Cherry (Simon Pulse) starred sisters Kit and Fancy, who took after their serial killer father. Now with […]

You are what you read

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From The Outsiders to The Perks of Being a Wallflower to the Twilight saga, teen fiction has long used protagonists’ reading taste as a characterization device. It’s a fast way to say a lot about a character with very little information (or effort, depending on the novel). For instance, avid Jane Austen fans show up […]