Mobile Menu Mobile Search

Booklist Online: More than 180,000 book reviews for librarians, book groups, and book lovers—from the trusted experts at the American Library Association


You must be logged in to read full text of reviews.

> Logged-in users can make lists, save searches, e-mail, and more!

> Try a free trial or subscribe today

Review Of The Day
Front Desk
by Kelly Yang

Set in the early 1990s in Anaheim, California, this earnest debut is partially inspired by the author’s childhood. When Mia Tang’s parents find a new job managing the Calivista motel, it seems like the answer to their prayers: free housing and a stable, secure job, neither of which have come easy to the recent Chinese immigrants. Fifth-grader Mia takes pride in working the front desk and becomes fast friends with the weeklies, for whom the motel is a semipermanent residence.

    >>Read More

Travel-Guide-Roundup-2018_f1.jpgTravel Roundup: Spring Travel Guides, 2018
by Annie Bostrom

The following stand-alone travel titles and series guides will be published between now and the fall, when we’ll check in with our next biyearly “Travel Guide Roundup.” Maybe by then we’ll have a lunar or interplanetary travel guide to share; luckily, Earth has lots to offer in the dozens of titles below.

Odyssey-2018_f1.jpgThe Booklist Odyssey Interview: HarperAudio
by Mary Burkey

The 2018 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production goes to HarperAudio’s The Hate U Give (written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin). I spoke with Turpin and with Caitlin Garing, the producer, to learn more about how the audio came to be.

Printz-2018_f1.jpgBooklist Printz Interview: Nina LaCour
by Sarah Hunter

This year’s Michael L. Printz Award winner is a real stunner: Nina LaCour’s quiet, stirring We Are Okay explores grief, love, loneliness, and healing in a pithy, beautifully multilayered story belying its short page count. Below, we speak with LaCour about the novel, its inspiration, and the importance of ghosts.

ALA-Best-2018_f1.jpgAlex Awards: 2018

The Alex Awards, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and sponsored by the Margaret E. Edwards trust, honor the top 10 adult books published during the previous year with appeal to readers between the ages of 12 and 18.

ALA-Best-2018_f1.jpgAmelia Bloomer List: 2018

Each year the Amelia Bloomer Project, sponsored by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of ALA, selects a list of recommended feminist books, fiction and nonfiction, for young readers from preschool through age 18.

ALA-Best-2018_f1.jpgTop 10 Quick Picks: 2018

Below, you will find the top 10 choices from the full list selected by the 2018 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

| | | | | | | |