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Star-crossed love

Space, time, war, death, capricious gods: teen protagonists defy cosmic forces to be together in these out-of-the-ordinary love stories. On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden’s serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel, follows two alternating, far-future timelines. In the first, eighteen-year-old Mia seeks her place among the tight-knit crewmates of a spacecraft; five years earlier, at an […]

Happy Anniversary: I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip.

Our new column celebrates noteworthy book anniversaries. I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. by John Donovan (1928–1992) was published by Harper & Row in 1969. It celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2019. Happy birthday, I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip.! You’re fifty years old in 2019 (and your young […]

Review of Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 audiobook

Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Albert Marrin; read by Jim Frangione Middle School, High School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/18 5 CDs    5.75 hrs.    978-1-525-52609-4    $45.00 Marrin’s account of the flu pandemic that killed millions of people during World War I, plus modern-day efforts to identify that strain and prevent a […]

Review of A Heart in a Body in the World

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti High School    Simon Pulse    358 pp. 9/18    978-1-4814-1520-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-1523-1    $10.99 Nine months ago, the boy whom eighteen-year-old long-distance runner Annabelle calls “The Taker” irrevocably changed her life for the worse. Now she has embarked on a run from Seattle to Washington, […]

Review of Damsel

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold High School     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins     312 pp. 10/18     978-0-06-274232-2     $17.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-274234-6     $9.99 This original fairy tale begins with Prince Emory on the dangerous quest required to prove himself worthy of his father’s recently vacated throne: saving a damsel from a dragon. But following the successful (off-page) rescue, it […]

Review of Moxie audiobook

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu; read by Suzy Jackson High School     Recorded Books     Rev. 11/17 8 CDs     8.75 hrs.     978-1-5019-6805-1     $87.75 Vivian Carter, frustrated with the systemic sexism of her small-town Texas high school, secretly distributes a zine proclaiming, “Moxie girls fight back!” Though she’s shy in real life, Viv draws inspiration […]

Review of The Wicked King

The Wicked King [Folk of the Air] by Holly Black High School     Little, Brown     325 pp.     g 1/19     978-0-316-31035-2     $18.99 e-book ed. 978-0-316-31033-8     $9.99 A mortal raised in the realms of Faerie by the devious General Madoc, Jude Duarte has learned to play games of politics and intrigue quite well. By manipulating her […]

Small print

Some of your favorite novels have just been miniaturized…and flipped sideways. “Penguin Minis” present unabridged texts in a horizontal format with a trim size of roughly 5” x 3”. First introduced in the Netherlands as “Flipbacks” (primarily itty-bitty editions of popular adult books), the line launches in the United States with four titles from the […]

Review of On a Sunbeam

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden; illus. by the author High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    537 pp. 10/18    978-1-250-17814-5    $32.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-17813-8    $21.99 This serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel tells Mia and Grace’s story in two alternating, far-future timelines, each initially distinguished by a different limited palette. In the first timeline, depicted in […]

Review of Piecing Me Together audiobook

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson; read by the author Middle School, High School    Recorded Books    Rev. 7/17 5 CDs    5.5 hrs    978-1-5019-9779-2    $51.75 Watson (winner of the 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award and a 2018 Newbery Honor for this novel) movingly conveys the emotions of her thoughtful, bright, artistic, African American protagonist Jade. […]