INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

UNMAKING THE WHITE DEFAULT
by Vicky Smith

It’s a little word but a potent one.

About six or seven months ago, Kirkus started identifying characters in children’s and teen books by identity and/or race—all the time. And it hasn’t been easy.

It’s been commonplace, if not exactly standard practice, to include racial identifiers for nonwhite characters for decades now in book reviews, especially if a book ...


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DIANE GUERRERO
by Megan Labrise

The most-feared phrase of the typical American teenager is probably, We’re taking away your phone. For Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero, it was, We’re taking away your parents.

Deported. Long before I fully understood what that word meant, I’d learned to dread it,” Guerrero writes in her debut memoir, In the Country We Love: My ...


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THE 10 GALLEYS YOU SHOULD GRAB AT BEA
by Megan Labrise

You’ve seen them at Book Expo America: the grave sufferers of tote shoulder. Tote shoulder (noun, Pathology) is the sustained three-inch droop in the bag-bearing arm of conventioneers with too many galleys to choose from. To help avoid misalignment, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 galleys you won’t want to miss this year at BEA, taking place in ...


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THE SECOND (OR THIRD) TIME AROUND
by Laurie Muchnick

Everyone loves a debutante. First novels (and story collections) get lots of love from reviewers and booksellers, but it can be harder to get attention for a second or third book. Here are some notable novels from experienced but not-yet-famous writers:

Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens: “An unflinching look at pregnancy and childbirth. Lore arrives at the hospital alone, carrying ...


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BLOGS

THE SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR BOOKS YOU'LL WANT TO READ IN MAY
by John DeNardo

Bookstore shelves are overflowing with lots of reading choices, but what is a curious reader to do? Here's a tip: use this handy guide to find your next speculative fiction read. This month's selection features a dystopian Egypt, cryogenically frozen humans, a woman who can assume anyone's physical appearance, a girl nobody remembers, and a pandemic of ...


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SOLVE FOR L(OVE)
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Cover Story: Haunting Homework

BFF Charm: Maybe

Swoonworthy Scale: 5

Talky Talk: Teetering on the Event Horizon

Bonus Factor: Dream Vacation

Relationship Status: In Need of Tutoring

Cover Story: Haunting Homework

 

That poor girl. What did she ever do to math to deserve to be haunted by ...


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NEW MONTH, NEW BOOKS
by Leila Roy

New month, new books! Here are a few that I’m especially looking forward to:

 

If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo

Gena/Finn, by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson

As usual, I’m starting the list off with the books I’ve already read! If I Was Your Girl is a realistic contemporary about love and friendship and family starring ...


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