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Review Of The Day
by Evan Turk

Turk’s compelling picture book begins with a blue whale cow that soon gives birth to a calf, drawn in red. “One heart beats. Two hearts beat. heartbeat . . . heartbeat . . . Two hearts, one song.” The whale and her calf, each illustrated with a visible red heart, live in a colorful blue ocean, and their song is depicted in swirls of red, yellow, and blue threads.

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Top-10_Historical-Fiction-youth-2018_f1.jpgTop 10 Historical Fiction for Youth: 2018
by Julia Smith

This year’s batch of noteworthy historical fiction, reviewed in Booklist between April 15, 2017, and April 1, 2018, features topics both harrowing and hopeful, murderous and mischievous.

Top-10_Historical-Fiction-2018_f1.jpgTop 10 Historical Fiction: 2018
by Donna Seaman

The lives of provocative historical figures inspired many of the best works of historical fiction reviewed in Booklist from April 15, 2017, to April 1, 2018, including outstanding yet underappreciated women.

Travel-Guide-Roundup-2018_f1.jpgTravel Roundup: Spring Travel Guides, 2018
by Annie Bostrom

The following stand-alone travel titles and series guides will be published between now and the fall, when we’ll check in with our next biyearly “Travel Guide Roundup.” Maybe by then we’ll have a lunar or interplanetary travel guide to share; luckily, Earth has lots to offer in the dozens of titles below.

Odyssey-2018_f1.jpgThe Booklist Odyssey Interview: HarperAudio
by Mary Burkey

The 2018 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production goes to HarperAudio’s The Hate U Give (written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin). I spoke with Turpin and with Caitlin Garing, the producer, to learn more about how the audio came to be.

Printz-2018_f1.jpgBooklist Printz Interview: Nina LaCour
by Sarah Hunter

This year’s Michael L. Printz Award winner is a real stunner: Nina LaCour’s quiet, stirring We Are Okay explores grief, love, loneliness, and healing in a pithy, beautifully multilayered story belying its short page count. Below, we speak with LaCour about the novel, its inspiration, and the importance of ghosts.

ALA-Best-2018_f1.jpgAlex Awards: 2018

The Alex Awards, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and sponsored by the Margaret E. Edwards trust, honor the top 10 adult books published during the previous year with appeal to readers between the ages of 12 and 18.

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