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The Women in the Castle
by Jessica Shattuck

The last party at the ancient von Lingenfels castle is the occasion of a meeting of a group that is committed to resisting the Nazis. Among them is Marianne von Lingenfels’ husband. Another resister is her childhood sweetheart, who extracts from her a promise to look after Benita, his pregnant wife-to-be. When the resisters are executed in 1944 for their part in the plot to assassinate Hitler, Marianne rescues Benita and her son from dire conditions in Berlin and takes them to the castle to live with her and her own three children.

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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.

top-10-Mid-Grade-Audio-2017_f1.jpgTop 10 Middle-Grade Fiction on Audio: 2017
by Joyce Saricks

Whether you enjoy fantasy, historical, or realistic fiction, you’ll find a great listen among these stars reviewed in Booklist from March 15, 2016, through March 1, 2017.

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