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Mirage
by Somaiya Daud

​Daud’s debut novel tells the story of 18-year-old Amani, whose planet is occupied by the Vathek empire. During a coming-of-age ceremony, she’s kidnapped by the regime and smuggled into the royal palace, because she bears an uncanny resemblance to Maram, the cruel princess of the Vathek empire. Amani is to serve as Maram’s body double for public events, and she must be ready to die in the princess’ place, if required.

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Spanish-Language Storytimes
by Daniel Kraus

Rosie Camargo is busy. In addition to reviewing for Booklist, she works at the Forest Park (IL) Public Library as a bilingual-programming consultant, an early childhood center liaison, and an outreach assistant storytime coordinator. In those roles, Camargo, a native Spanish speaker, thinks constantly about how to use picture books for groups of children with differing comfort levels in Spanish and English. We spoke to Camargo to gain her insight.

Now Hear This: Johnny Heller
by Joyce Saricks

​Johnny Heller’s narration of Noir demonstrates his comic genius, but he also excels at reading more serious titles. Whether narrating for young listeners or adults, Heller masterfully creates scenes and hits just the right notes with characters and tone.

Listen-alikes: Audiobooks for Middle-Grade Graphic-Novel Fans
by Amanda Blau

​Graphic novels for elementary-school readers are on the rise in quantity and quality. Even with this new abundance, readers crave more titles like their favorite graphic novels. Why not introduce audiobooks to graphic-novel fans as a bridge to the pleasures of listening? These audio listen-alikes for best-selling graphic novels provide great places to start.

Writers and Readers: Book Club Nation
by Stephanie Powell Watts

One of the great honors of my life happened in 2017, when my debut novel, No One Is Coming to Save Us​, was selected as the inaugural pick for ALA’s Book Club Central by the honorary chair, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Top 10 Picture Books About Finding Home
by Julia Smith

Home is a word that holds different meanings for different people (or animals), whether it is a specific location or feeling of safety or belonging. These picture books, reviewed in Booklist between July 2017 and June 2018, show readers many facets of the word.

Top 10 Book-Group Books: 2018
by Susan Maguire

​Whether you’re planning ahead for a library book group or selecting for circulating book-club kits, these 10 discussion-worthy titles, reviewed by Booklist from July 2017 through June 2018, will get people talking.

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