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The Summer of Everything
by Julian Winters

So here’s the story: Eighteen-year-old, openly gay Wesley Hudson is secretly in love with his longtime best friend, Nico Alvarez, whose sexual preference is a frustrating enigma to Wes. But there’s more to their story than that: the bookstore where they work and which Wes loves with all his heart is losing money and may have to close unless the two boys and the other young people who work there can contrive a way to spark an infusion of cash.

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Carte Blanche: Love Is in the Air
by Michael Cart

Love is in the air, everywhere, the song has it, and goodness knows it’s well-nigh omnipresent in the pages of young adult literature, everywhere except—for many years—in the pages of LGBTQ+ literature.

Trend Alert: Love and Sports
by Ronny Khuri

​Two genres, both alike in dignity. Both physical. Mental. Sweat-inducing and suspenseful. Both hot with competition, communication, and catharsis. Sports and romance have a lot in common, so it’s no wonder that when their wires are crossed, sparks fly.

The Shelf Care Interview: Macmillan Library Marketing Team

In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Susan Maguire talks to the Macmillan Library Marketing Team, Talia Sherer, Amanda Rountree, Emily Day, and Samantha Slavin, to answer the question: Who is this team of book-a-holics? 

The Shelf Care Interview: Kim Johnson and Alex Aster

In honor of our yearlong Women in Focus celebration, this Shelf Care Interview features two special conversations with Kim Johnson, author of This Is My America and Alex Aster, author of Curse of the Night Witch.  

Writers & Readers: In Plain Sight
by Tiffany D. Jackson

My twentieth high school reunion just passed, and if one good thing came out of COVID-19, it’s the cancellation of any events that remind me of my age. However, I did scroll through Facebook, checking up on my fellow alums, happy to see the plethora of high school couples still together today.

Talking With: Arthur A. Levine and Kevin Hawkes
​by Miriam Aronin

​In The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol, author Arthur A. Levine and illustrator Kevin Hawkes create a magical new Hanukkah character and mythology.

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