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     April 15, 2015          BOOKLIST

Spotlight on Historical Fiction
Top 10 Historical Fiction
Top 10 Historical Fiction    for Youth
Top 10 Historical Fiction    on Audio for Adults
Another Look At: The    Historical Novels of    James A. Michener
Carte Blanche: Only a    Great Man
Read-alikes: Ancient    Stories, Fresh    Perspectives

Top 10 E-reference
Spring E-reference    Update, 2015
Outgoing Mail: Beatrix    Potter


Carnegie Medal Read-    Alikes, 2015: The Fiction    Shortlist
Carnegie Medal Read-    Alikes, 2015: The    Nonfiction Shortlist
Shortlist Announced for    the 2015 Andrew    Carnegie Medals for    Fiction and Nonfiction
Great Reads: Picturing    Poetry
Dancing in the Dark:    Recent YA Ballet Books
Great Reads: These Novels    Are Graphic
Great Reads: Great BIG    Reads
Great Reads: A Dark    Harvest for Kansas Day
Great Reads: What Do You    Resolve to Read this    Year?

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Review Of The Day
SuperMutant Magic Academy
By Jillian Tamaki

Like an angsty mash-up of Harry Potter and X-Men, Tamaki’s Ignatz Award–winning SuperMutant Magic Academy, originally a webcomic, explores the thrills and banalities of superhuman teens at boarding school.

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top10-e-reference Top 10 E-reference: 2015
By Rebecca Vnuk

Our first top 10 list of e-reference sources is made up of resources that were reviewed in Booklist between January 2013 and November 2014. Specialty sources and general reference databases are presented here, as are sources for students of all ages.

Britannica Library. Britannica [].

column_carte-blanche Carte Blanche: Only a Great Man
By Michael Cart

Oscar Wilde once said, “Anybody can make history, but only a great man can write it.” Only a great man, eh? Then, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the great Leon Garfield! The author of some 50 children’s and young adult books, almost all of them historical fiction, Garfield (1921–96) was a fine storyteller whose exuberant novels—inspired by Henry Fielding, Charles Dickens, and Robert Louis Stevenson—remind us of the unrivaled pleasures of reading.

top10-historical-fiction Top 10 Historical Fiction on Audio for Adults: 2015
By Joyce Saricks

These novels, reviewed between April 2013 and April 2015, span the genre’s range and include family sagas, social histories, and biographical historical fiction.

All the Light We Cannot See.By Anthony Doerr. Read by Zach Appleman. 2014. 16hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $39.99 (9781442375420); Recorded Books, lib. ed. CD, $39.99 (9781442375420).

read-alikes_ancient Read-alikes: Ancient Stories, Fresh Perspectives
By Sarah Hunter

Bible stories are such a deeply ingrained element of the fabric of contemporary culture that many readers likely take them for granted. These six novels examine familiar biblical stories and reinvigorate them with vivid characters and evocative historical atmospheres, all while simultaneously inviting readers to consider more carefully some of their deeply held ideas about faith.

spring-ereference-update Spring E-reference Update, 2015: Databases and E-books
By Rebecca Vnuk

We asked publishers “What’s new?” and they responded with the following information about their new reference databases, e-books, and e-book platforms as well as significant updates and enhancements to existing products. Information is effective January 2015 through December 2015. Contact the publishers for information on trials and pricing details.

ABC-CLIO (800-368-6868;

column_outgoing-mail Outgoing Mail: Beatrix Potter
By Molly McQuade

Dear Beatrix Potter,

How small is small? I’ll probably never know.

I ask partly because it’s hard to measure the paws you drew.

The paws slip footloose into a vegetable patch. They sashay almost invisibly along ground nondescript.

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