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Review Of The Day

You Must Not Miss
by Katrina Leno

Once, Magpie Lewis had a normal life. That was before she caught her father naked with her aunt. Before her mother kicked him out of the house and started drinking. Before Magpie’s older sister walked out of the house and never came back. And before Allison, Magpie’s former best friend, stopped speaking to her and told everyone at school one version of how the worst night of Magpie’s life unfolded. Now Magpie is drifting through her sophomore year of high school, ignoring her classwork and blending in with a group of other social outcasts. At home, she writes about another world—a place called Near, where everything is peaceful, and no one ever left her.

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Top of the List: 2018

Top of the List Interview: Linda Bailey and Júlia Sardà
​by Julia Smith

We were blown away by this year’s Top of the List Picture Book, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein (Tundra), written by esteemed children’s author Linda Bailey and stunningly illustrated by Júlia Sardà. Appearing just in time for the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel, this account of Shelley’s life and how she dreamed up her now-famous story will captivate young readers. Here the creators of this unforgettable biography talk with Booklist about their research, inspiration, and craft.

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2018

As we do every year, the Adult Books editors carefully assessed all those glorious starred titles we revisited in our December 15 issue and selected the very best of the best, seeking a broad range of outstanding books for public library collections that combines literary and intellectual excellence with popular appeal.

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2018

Committed to providing a broad selection of outstanding books that mixes popular appeal with literary excellence, the Books for Youth editorial staff has chosen the titles below as best-of-the-year nonfiction and fiction books and picture books.

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2018

Selected by the Books for Youth editors, the following titles constitute the year’s best personal reading for teenagers among adult books published in 2018. More on each book’s content and suggested audience can be found in the full-length Booklist review.

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Audio, 2018


Booklist Editors’ Choice: Youth Audio, 2018

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