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Too Much Too Young, the 2 Tone Records Story: Rude Boys, Racism, and the Soundtrack of a Generations
by Daniel Rachel

It started in the English Midlands city of Coventry. Madness, the Selecter, the Beat, UB40, the Specials—these were just some of the biggest names in the 1970s and 1980s movement of punk-influenced ska and reggae-based songs, antiracist and antisexist at heart, on the airwaves.

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Top 10 Reference: 2024
by Susan Maguire

​These top 10 reference books were reviewed in Booklist between May 15, 2023, and May 1, 2024, and represent useful resources for libraries of all sizes.

photo of Christina Henry10 Questions for Christina Henry
By John Charles

Christina Henry is a horror and dark fantasy author whose works include HorsemanNear the BoneThe Ghost Tree, Looking Glass, The Girl in Red, The Mermaid, Lost Boy, Alice, Red Queen, and the seven-book urban fantasy Black Wings series. 

Top 10 Historical Fiction on Audio for Youth
by Heather Booth

This batch of great historical fiction for youth has strong families, strong kids, a little bit of magic in the plots, and a lot of magic from phenomenal narrations!

Top 10 Historical Debuts: 2024
by Donna Seaman

The finest debut historical novels reviewed in Booklist over the past 12 months reimagine classics from women’s perspectives and take fresh approaches to infamous eras of tyranny and courage. 

Talking with: Lyn Miller-Lachmann
by Angela Carstensen

​Beyond her novels, including the award-winning Torch (2022), which follows three teenagers who rebel against the Soviet regime in 1969 Czechoslovakia, Miller-Lachmann also works as a translator, most recently of the Batchelder Honor–winning graphic novel, Pardalita, by Joana Estrela (2023). We recently corresponded with Miller-Lachmann to discuss her work.

Top 10 Historical Fiction: 2024
by Donna Seaman

The most excellent and resonant historical fiction reviewed in Booklist over the past 12 months takes readers around the world and into lives of valiant and innovative individuals. 

photo of Amita Murray10 Questions for Amita Murray
By John Charles

Amita Murray lives in London and can be found writing and tweeting about life and chocolate. Her novels take you on a romp through the edgier streets of Regency England. Her Arya Winters mysteries are under a TV option. Her mystery novel Thirteenth Night won the Exeter Novel Prize, and her short story “A Heist in Three Acts” appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

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