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Malamander
​by Thomas Taylor

The resort of Eerie-on-Sea makes an appropriately named setting for the scary adventures of two orphaned (or seemingly orphaned) children who find themselves swept up in a scheme to seize the wish-granting egg of a legendary mer-creature (“half man, half fish, half goodness-knows-what”).

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Monster Mash
by Maggie Reagan

YA fantasy is blossoming: lately, we’ve been seeing stories that draw from a widening variety of mythologies and cultures and stories that breathe new life into old tropes (because nothing is ever over). If you’re anything like me, this means you’ve sometimes looked at a couple of completely unrelated books and thought, “Huh, I wonder what would happen if these guys met up.”

Writers and Readers: Reference Work: Writing in Libraries
by Kristen Arnett

​So much of my writing has been done in libraries. There’s that particular scent. You know the one, that old-book smell. Whenever I encounter it, it makes me think not only of the books that have been written but also the ones people have yet to write.

Diverse YA Fantasy from Micro-Presses
by Zara Rix

​While mainstream publishers are taking steps toward diversity, a large number of talented, diverse authors turn to micro-presses, publishing entities smaller than traditional small presses and including self-publishing. This latest in our roundups features exclusively sf and fantasy titles, perfectly in keeping with this issue’s spotlight theme. 

Top 10 Debut Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
by Susan Maguire

​The top 10 debut sf, fantasy, and horror books of the year represent the freshest new voices in a field dedicated to pushing readers’ imaginations.

Top 10 SF/Fantasy & Horror Audiobooks for Adults
by Heather Booth

Ranging from fantasy epics to humorous romps, with a good dash of chills thrown in, these audios reviewed between August 2017 and July 2019 entertain and terrify.

Top 10 SF/Fantasy & Horror for Youth: 2019
by Maggie Reagan

Horror novels sprung from modern social issues, fantasy stories rooted in cultural folklore, and sf tales buoyed by star-crossed romances, all reviewed in Booklist between August 2018 and July 2019, are just a handful of the books that appear here.

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