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99: Stories of the Game
by Wayne Gretzky

Gretzky is one of the half-dozen greatest hockey players of all time. He’s also a student of the game and its history. He believes that every young player who enters the NHL is suddenly in the presence, either as an opponent or a teammate, of at least one idol. The idols and the newcomers will share stories and pass along anecdotes of other players, games, and histories.

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Core-Groundhog-Days_f1.jpgCore Collection: Groundhog Days
by Sarah Hunter

Time loops are nothing new as far as narrative devices are concerned, but the 1993 film Groundhog Day gave us perhaps the best iteration: a time loop as an opportunity to perfect one terrible day and contemplate what makes existence meaningful. The premise walks a tightrope between alluring fantasy and horror show: What could be better than an opportunity to correct embarrassing mistakes? And what could be worse than being doomed to see the same events play out for an eternity?

top10-short-story_f1.jpgTop 10 Short Story Collections for Youth
by Maggie Reagan

Authors join forces to craft stories on myriad topics in this collection of standout—and sometimes overlooked—anthologies, all published within the last five years.

another-look-at_Lesser-Blessed_f1.jpgAnother Look At: Richard Van Camp’s The Lesser Blessed
by Daniel Kraus

It’s safe to say that those of us lucky enough to have stumbled across Richard Van Camp’s debut novel during its small 2004 U.S. release haven’t forgotten it. Why did we pick it up? Maybe it was Sherman Alexie, who offered one of those rare blurbs that sums up the book better than any review: “First Nation noir madness this book is, I love it, and I’m sorta scared of it, too. Van Camp writes like a dream (or a nightmare).”

column_carte-blanche_f1.jpgCarte Blanche: Bill and the Best
by Michael Cart

The late Bill Morris, more formally William C. Morris, was sui generis, a nonpareil, one of a kind. The longtime—and legendary—Vice President for Library Promotion at HarperCollins, Bill loved books for young readers, and he especially loved discovering new voices and telling others about it in wonderfully creative ways, often by making it possible for tyro talent to visit libraries and schools, a practice that Bill pioneered. It was through him that I had my first introduction to gifted writers like Francesca Lia Block, Bruce Brooks, Chris Lynch, William Joyce, and a host of others as they were launching their careers.

Novel-Idea_f1.jpgA Novel Idea: When Writers Change Directions
by Donna Seaman

The novel has long been exalted as the pinnacle of literary expression, and many an exceptional short story writer has felt pressed or inspired to make the stretch, as have playwrights, poets, and nonfiction authors. With forthcoming first novels by short story star George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo) and dramatist, short story writer, and actor Sam Shepard (The One Inside, 2017), Booklist became curious about other writers who decided to switch up and try something new.

top10-first-novels-audio-2016_f1.jpg Top 10 First Novels on Audio
by Joyce Saricks

These outstanding debut novels for adults and youth on audio, reviewed from October 2015 through October 2016, offer a wide range of listening experiences.

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