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    April 15 2014          BOOKLIST

Spotlight on Historical    Fiction
Core Collection: Russia's    Pressure Points
Top 10 Historical Fiction
Carte Blanche: The Past    Is Present
Core Collection:    Remembering the Great    War
Top 10 Historical Fiction    for Youth
Top 10 Historical Fiction    Audiobooks for Youth
Spring E-reference    Update: Databases and    E-books


Carnegie Medal Read-    Alikes, 2014: The Fiction    Shortlist
Carnegie Medal Read-    Alikes, 2014: The    Nonfiction Shortlist
Great Reads: Comics with    Strong Female    Characters
Great Reads: Black    Novelists under the    Radar
50 Years, 50 Books: The    Assassination of JFK in    Fiction
Romanced by Rafe: Six    Sexy Books Where It’s    All in the Name
Recipes Are Included:    Seven Sizzling Culinary    Romances
Great Reads: Sports from    the Inside
The Free MFA in Creative    Nonfiction: Save Your    Money and Read These    Books Instead
Richard Ford and Timothy    Egan Win Andrew    Carnegie Medals for    Excellence in Fiction and    Nonfiction

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Review Of The Day
Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan

By David Aretha
While her name is now known worldwide, Malala was once just a Pakistani girl who wanted to go to school. This well-crafted book begins dramatically, with the October 2012 shooting of teenage Malala Yousafzai, whose passion for education had angered the Taliban. Though she almost died, Malala lived to continue her crusade. The narrative then goes back in time to introduce this teacher’s daughter, who, unlike most Pakistani girls, was lucky enough to be born into a family that valued girls’ education.

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Core Collection: Remembering the Great War Core Collection: Remembering the Great War
By Sarah Hunter

WWI started 100 years ago this July, and in light of that somber centennial, we’re revisiting Hazel Rochman’s November 1, 2001, column, “Read-alikes: The War to End All Wars,” and highlighting 13 more historical novels for teens about the Great War. Encompassing a variety of perspectives, the books on this list offer an unflinching look at battle, the home front, and the aftermath of a war fought by young men not much older than these novels’ target audience. These humanizing accounts bring the devastating effects of war into sharp relief.

Crossing Stones. By Helen Frost. 2009. Farrar/Frances Foster, $17.99 (9780374316532). Gr. 7–12.

Core Collection: Russia's Pressure Points Core Collection: Russia’s Pressure Points
By Brad Hooper

Ukraine dominates today’s headlines. Will the sovereignty of that recently independent nation—long part of the czarist empire and then of the Soviet Union—ultimately be respected by Russian president Putin or will he decide that the toppling of his ally President Yanukovych represents too much insubordination by the Ukrainian populace for him to bear?

Crises in Russia have torn at the social, political, and economic fabric of the Russian federation since the 1917 Revolution, and the effects of such crises have reverberated beyond Russia’s borders. What follows is a selective, annotated listing of historical novels that have as their subject certain crisis periods or events in Russia beginning with the lead-up to the 1917 Revolution

Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth Top 10 Historical Fiction For Youth
By Ilene Cooper

Stories set around the world and across eras are the hallmark of this year’s crop of best historical fiction titles for young people, all reviewed in Booklist between April 15, 2013, and April 1, 2014.

Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy. By Elizabeth Kiem. 2013. SohoTeen, $17.99 (9781616952631). Gr. 8–11.

Set in 1982, this atmospheric, suspenseful story follows Marya and her father, who recently emigrated from Moscow to Brooklyn. When they’re given potentially dangerous information, decisions must be made.

Top 10 Historical Fiction Top 10 Historical Fiction
By Brad Hooper

Over the past 12 months, the historical fiction genre has been widely divergent in subject matter and approach. Even better, there is no reason to believe authorial creativity will dry up anytime soon. What follows is an annotated listing of the best historical fiction reviewed in Booklist between April 15, 2013, and April 1, 2014.

Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka. By Jay Cantor. Knopf, $24.95 (9780385350341).

Cantor’s newest fusion of biographical fact and intuited emotion is a commanding tribute to Franz Kafka, one of the twentieth century’s most revolutionary voices, and the stories Cantor presents here affirm his standing as a virtuoso writer of conscience.

2014 Carnegie Medal Read-Alikes: Fiction Carnegie Medal Read-Alikes, 2014: The Fiction Shortlist
By Donna Seaman

The finalists for this year’s Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction tell richly imagined, acutely observed, and profoundly involving stories of loss and dreams, immigration and alienation, in Nigeria, New York, Las Vegas, Europe, and a small Haitian fishing village. There’s a lot to work with there for those after read-alikes, and the following list should keep literary-fiction devotees going long after the Carnegie winners have been announced.

Direct readers seeking more novels like the first Carnegie shortlist fiction title, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah(Knopf), to these three tales of the African diaspora, which also offer strong points of view, vividly realized settings, and even, whenever possible, wit.

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