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May 15, 2020

April 2020

April 2020 Issue


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The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones
by Daven McQueen

Described as, “in equal parts, a gift and a natural disaster,” Juniper befriends Ethan, and they set out to have what she calls “an invincible summer.” Their days are spent seeking the good in a town filled with hate, until a tragic event changes their lives forever.

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Current Features

Top 10 Online Resources for Elections and Voting: 2020
by Kian Flynn

Voting has never been more complicated—or more vital. To help the public stay informed and participate, Kian Flynn (University of Washington Libraries) and members of ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) Education Committee share their top free online resources for reliable, up-to-date information on elections and voting.

Carte Blanche: War Is—Well, You Know
by Michael Cart

Thanks to the novel coronavirus, war has been much on my mind lately—not only the campaign against the virus but also the traditional shooting sort, the hot kind that has plagued our country since its beginning in revolution.

The Shelf Care Interview: Tracey Hecht

In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Julia Smith talks to Tracey Hecht. Hecht is the author of The Nocturnals book series, which includes The Best Burp, published in April, and The Weeping Wombat, scheduled to hit bookshelves this August.

Writers & Readers: What Can Historical Fiction Teach Us About This Moment?
by Marie Benedict

We are living through history. This is always true, of course, but in the era of COVID-19, this statement seems particularly apt.

Trend Alert: Wild Wild Dystopias
​by Maggie Reagan

At first glance, westerns and dystopian novels seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. One genre is about young civilization and the creation of new worlds; the other, the destruction of society.

Top 10 Historical Fiction on Audio for Youth: 2020
by Sonja Cole

These standout audiobooks from the past two years immerse young listeners in different time periods and settings, from fifteenth century England to 1990s New Orleans.

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