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The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice
by Lisa DeSelm

​​“None of us escape becoming real without a few scars.” Pirouette knows this well, for once she was a tree, then a marionette, and then one night, by the light of the blue moon and the will of a grieving father, an 11-year-old girl. Seven years later, she has plenty of scars, cursed to be pierced by a splinter whenever she lies.




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Top 10 SF/Fantasy & Horror for Youth: 2020
by Maggie Reagan

Sirens and ghosts? Time travel and alternate universes? Multiple tales of anthropomorphic bugs? You never know what you’re going to get in the sf/fantasy and horror top 10, selected from books reviewed in Booklist between August 2019 and July 2020.

Top 10 SF/Fantasy & Horror: 2020
by Susan Maguire

​The top sf, fantasy, and horror books reviewed in Booklist from August 2019 to July 2020 explore alternate New Yorks, eldritch terrors, space whales, and suburban South Carolina. 

The Shelf Care Interview: V.T. Bidania​

In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Julia Smith talks to V.T. Bidania, author of the Astrid and Apollo series, available now from Capstone. 

Booklist Backlist: Family Dynamics
by Rebecca Vnuk

​Whether we want to see our own families reflected in novels or read about dysfunctional families that make us feel better about ours, fiction featuring families always seem to be a reader favorite. 

Carte Blanche: Sheltering in Books
by Michael Cart

Thanks to the coronavirus restrictions, I felt as if I’d been sheltering in place since I was knee high to the proverbial grasshopper, allowed to leave my apartment just long enough to go to the grocery store, masked like a latter-day Jesse James.

Notes from the Field: Reading in a Time of Crisis
by Stephen Sposato

​Book discussion programmers and readers’ advisors face a challenging task in the most peaceful and stable of times. But what happens when real-world events cause readers’ batteries to run down?

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