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Blood Red, Snow White
by Marcus Sedgwick

Sedgwick’s at it again with another novel pushing YA boundaries. Opening with a dreamy account of Tsar Nicholas II’s rise and fall, Sedgwick’s novel links fairy tales to Russian history, likening the growing populist movement to a rampaging bear hungry after months of cold and starvation.
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Core-Space-Operas_f1.jpgCore Collection: Space Operas
by Rebecca Vnuk

The term space opera was once a gentle insult to these larger-than-life melodramatic epics, but for the Star Wars—and Spaceballs—generations, it’s just as likely to suggest instant read-alike appeal.

Brian-Keene_f1.jpgBrian Keene: A Master of Modern Horror
by Becky Spratford

Over the past 13 years, Brian Keene has steadily built himself from debut author to World Horror Grandmaster with more than 40 books to his credit. Keene’s latest, Pressure showcases the fact that he is a fantastic storyteller of bloody, fast-paced horror filled with diverse protagonists.

another-look-at_CYOA_f1.jpgAnother Look At: Choose Your Own Adventure Books
by Daniel Kraus

When you read Choose Your Own Adventure Books, you died. A lot. You starved. You drowned. You were swallowed by a snake. You were torn apart by chimpanzees. You were sold for meat. Your entire universe imploded.
column_carte-blanche_f1.jpgCarte Blanche: Speculative Fiction and LGBTQ Literature
by Michael Cart

Since its inception in 1969 with the publication of John Donovan’s I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip, LGBTQ literature for young adults has been dominated by contemporary realism. Of the 798 titles with LGBTQ content published through 2015, there have been only 25 genre titles: 15 historical, 5 horror, and 5 mystery. I exclude romance, because by far the lion’s share of LGBTQ realistic novels contain elements of romance but are not romance novels per se. But what about speculative fiction and LGBTQ?

top10-fairy-tale-audio_f1.jpgTop 10 Fairy-Tale Retellings on Audio
by Joyce Saricks

Retellings are hot, especially in fantasy. These excellent audio versions for youth and adults, released over the last decade, recast popular fairy tales and elucidate their themes and archetypes.

top10-SF-Fantasy-Audio-2016_f1.jpgTop 10 Youth SF/Fantasy/Horror on Audio
by Joyce Saricks

Drama and humor fill these imaginative and outstanding youth titles reviewed between May 15, 2014, and July 2016.
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