Mobile Menu Mobile Search

Booklist Online: More than 170,000 book reviews for librarians, book groups, and book lovers—from the trusted experts at the American Library Association


You must be logged in to read full text of reviews.

> Logged-in users can make lists, save searches, e-mail, and more!

> Try a free trial or subscribe today

Review Of The Day
Dividing Eden
by Joelle Charbonneau

The kingdom of Eden is surrounded by walls, with windmills that power lights to keep the city safe from monsters. Inside those walls, royal twins Carys and Andreus protect each other from gossip. Neither was meant to inherit the throne, but when their father and older brother are killed under suspicious circumstances, succession falls to Carys and Andreus.

    >>Read More

Series-Nonfiction-Watch_f1.jpgSeries Nonfiction Watch: 2017
by Julia Smith

Well before this year’s controversial election, there was a noticeable uptick in series devoted to government, citizenship, and minority and underrepresented groups. These topics seem particularly important now. Luckily, there are ample series to answer readers’ questions and keep them informed.

top-10-Series-Nonfiction_f1.jpgTop 10 Series Nonfiction: 2017
by Julia Smith

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the official list of the best new nonfiction series! Gleaned from Booklist reviews between April 1, 2016, and March 15, 2017, these 10 standouts effectively give kids the information they need (the workings of the U.S. government; pivotal moments in history) as well as the information they want (weird animals; stick-people explaining complex machinery). Let’s get to it.

manga-digest_f1.jpgManga Digest
by Eva Volin

From Robotech (1985, adapted from three unrelated anime series) to Road to Perdition (2002, an homage to the 1970s manga series Lone Wolf and Cub) to Dragonball: Evolution (2009, based on the manga), it’s easy to see that anime and manga have been influencing Western popular culture for decades.

column_carte-blanche_f1.jpgCarte Blanche: Romance Redux
by Michael Cart

The years fly by, and suddenly it’s the eighties, widely called the “me” decade, a fact that had little impact on young adult literature, since—for teens—every decade is a me decade.

column_back-page_f1.jpgThe Back Page: Melancholy
by Bill Ott

On May 2, 1965, the Rolling Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and sang four songs, including “Satisfaction” and “19th Nervous Breakdown.” I know I watched the show, but I don’t remember the Stones at all.

core-Group-Healing_f1.jpgCore Collection: Healing through Fantasy
by Julia Smith

In 1977, Katherine Paterson wrote her Newbery-winning classic Bridge to Terabithia. It is the story of a boy who copes with the tragic death of his friend by finding refuge and healing in the imaginary kingdom of Terabithia, an enchanted realm they created together. Forty years later, authors continue to expand upon Paterson’s adept use of childhood imagination by adding touches of fantasy to stories, with the same intent of guiding characters—and, by extension, readers—through heavy emotional trials, such as grief, death, illness, and homelessness.

| | | | | | | | |