INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

QUEERIES: REBECCA PODOS, AUTHOR OF LIKE WATER
by Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Reviews

Rebecca Podos’ second YA book, Like Water, stars Vanni Espinoza, a New Mexican high schooler who waits tables at her parents’ restaurant and falls for Leigh, a genderqueer mischief-maker. As they try to figure out their futures, their relationship will have to move beyond breaking and entering and smoking weed if it’s going to last. Our reviewer called Like Water ...


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PATRICK NESS
by Gordon West

So there’s this kid named Adam. He has evangelical parents, an ex-boyfriend he’s in love with, and a current boyfriend with whom he’s not. Or is it vice-versa? Then there’s the ghost of a dead girl in-between chapters. She’s got an awesome name, a crummy past, and she’s being trailed by a giant faun. Oh—and there’s some Mrs. Dalloway undertones ...


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CAROLYN OSBORN
by Terri Schexnayder

Carolyn Osborn embodies the same strength of character as the women who raised her. After several novels and four collections of short stories, and scores of literary awards, 83-year-old Osborn finally shares the story about her birth mother’s incurable schizophrenia. Her military father, often absent during World War II and without a wife to raise his children, took young Osborn ...


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TRACEY BAPTISTE
by Megan Labrise

From the calypsonians of Carnival to Nobel Prize-winning native son V.S. Naipaul, the people of Trinidad and Tobago don’t want for representation in story and song, says YA author Tracey Baptiste.

Yet she never heard the tale of a black mermaid.

“In mythology,” says Baptiste, author of the middle-grade fantasy Rise of the Jumbies, “anything that is brown ...


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BLOGS

7 STANDALONE SF/F SEQUELS THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO READ THE WHOLE SERIES
by John DeNardo

Book series are a hallmark of science fiction and fantasy for a simple reason: readers love coming back to imaginative worlds they've enjoyed. At the same time, books that are part of a series could be a tough sell for readers who are new to the story. Here's a handful of new science fiction and fantasy sequels that ...


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WHAT I AM, YOU WILL BE
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Cover Story: Cities in the Mist

BFF Charm: Make It Rain

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Timey-Wimey

Bonus Factors: Time Travel, Diversity, Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Relationship Status: Crewmates

 

Cover Story: Cities in the Mist

Until I started writing this section, I hadn’t noticed the city in the upper-left corner. But now ...


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KICKING BUTTS AND EATING NUTS
by Leila Roy

“What if . . . what if you don’t just have a squirrel tail and front teeth, and are pretty strong? What if you actually have the proportional strength, speed, and agility of a squirrel? So if a squirrel can leap five times the length of its own body, let’s say, then you should be able to leap five times the length of ...


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