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The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo
IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE, IT’S FINALLY HERE! It’s only March, but I can promise you that this book is going to be on a whole lot of Best Of lists at the end of the year. It is brilliant, beautiful, and I can’t wait for you all to read it and fall in love, too. See my February 19 column for more detailed gushing.
Starred review at Kirkus and pretty much ...
In the far-future world of the Scattered Pearls Belt, a war veteran recovers from a traumatic experience that left her reeling and injured. Discharged from military service, she is making a life for herself by preparing blends to help others in their own ailments and barely making ends meet in a backwater of the asteroid belt.
Then a detective-scholar walks into her rooms and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: help the (unpleasant) detective find a corpse (ostensibly for ...
Anyone who works with children on a regular basis knows it’s important for them to see their families reflected in the books they read and the books read to them. I’ve got three brand-new picture books here today that take a look at families through the prisms of parents (with a focus on mothers) and siblings. Let’s start with brothers.
The touching We Are Brothers comes from teacher and youth literacy champion Yves Nadon, who makes his home in Quebec ...
Photo courtesy of Gabriela Montoya
If you follow international picture books closely—that is, the translated ones that make their way to U.S. bookshelves—you are likely familiar with the work of author Jairo Buitrago, who lives in Mexico City, and illustrator Rafael Yockteng, who makes his home in Colombia. The two have collaborated on eight picture books, including several published here in the States by Groundwood Books. Jimmy the Greatest! was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2012; Two White Rabbits(2015), which tackles the ...
Who are your favorite historical fiction authors?
Are you a romance purist? Do you stick to themes you know and love?
There are two wonderful novels I’ve read recently, each with fascinating historical tidbits that brought the books alive.
The first is Susan Meissner’s As Bright As Heaven.
When the Bright family moves from their small tobacco town to Philadelphia in 1918, they know life will be different. Their father has been invited to partner with his uncle, an ...
Are you faced with too many choices when you browse new book releases? I can help with that. Here's a roundup of the best speculative fiction reads coming out in March. Like all science fiction and fantasy, these stories are sure to expand your mind. Pick one (or several) and dig in!
The Magos by Dan Abnett
I'm a huge fan of Abnett's Eisenhorn series (in case you couldn't already tell) because he writes relentlessly page-turning ...
BOOK REPORT for The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2) edited by Jessica Spotswood
Cover Story: Characters Wanted
The Best: “Land of the Sweet, Home of the Brave” by Stacey Lee, “Glamour” by Anne-Marie McLemore
The Worst Not My Favorites: “The Birth of Susi Go-Go” by Meg Medina, “Take Me With U” by Sara Farizan
Bonus Factors: Diversity, Authors’ Notes
Break Glass In Case Of: Inspiration Is Needed
As we wait our turn at the register, a white woman steps in front of us. At first I think maybe she is passing through to get to the other side of this crowded store, but she sets her items down on the cash register counter. I look up at Kay, who is looking furious but not saying anything.
I want her to say something. I want to say something. I want to say, Excuse me, ma’am, but we’re ...