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Book Trailer Thursday: The Crossover

Riding the wave of excitement following Monday’s 2015 Youth Media Award announcements at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, I thought it would be fun to share a trailer for the winner of the 2015 John Newbery Medal: Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover. This five-minute, so-labeled extended version features two Kwames, and lots of happy kids, teachers, […]

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Cindy: Those of you who have been following Bookends for a few years know that Big Ten basketball season brings a review or two for basketball books from Lynn (Boilermaker) Rutan and Cindy (Hoosier) Dobrez and this year is no different. Yesterday our two teams played their way out of the Big 10 tournament and […]

14 More Fictional Crossovers for Fans of Gregory Maguire’s After Alice

14 More Fictional Crossovers for Fans of Gregory Maguire’s After Alice

Have you ever read a book that was so good the characters seemed to leap off the page? How about off the page and into another book? Gregory Maguire’s new book, After Alice, is the latest in a long line of literary crossovers. Readers who enjoy seeing a new take on old favorites will love […]

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Today’s Video Break: KidLit Crossover – Onion Style
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Today’s Video Break: KidLit Crossover – Onion Style

Librarians & booksellers everywhere will tell you that KidLit & YA crossovers are hot, hot, hot. If your book group has devoured Twilight and Harry Potter, the Onion has a terrific suggestion for you: Green Man! And as the Onion notes on the video crawl, the titles are available as audiobooks for those who find […]

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Crossovers

Crossovers

Do you ever consider using  novels that are marketed as YA in your book group? Interesting essay in The New York Times the other day about the fine line between adult and YA novels.  Among the authors the essay mentions is Peter Cameron, who has written several adult novels and thought he was writing Someday This Pain […]

Eight Superhero-Inspired Titles for Spider-Man-Loving #MiddleGradeManiacs

Eight Superhero-Inspired Titles for Spider-Man-Loving #MiddleGradeManiacs

Have you heard? There’s a new Spider-Man movie! If your eyes are rolling back into your head, I get it. This is the wall-crawler’s seventh big-screen feature of the twenty-first century (not counting various appearances with the Avengers), but trust me: if you love middle grade, you must see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Forget the […]

Exciting 2018 Youth Books: Ready, Set, GO!

Exciting 2018 Youth Books: Ready, Set, GO!

Lynn: Forget the Julian, the Mayan, and even the Fiscal calendars. For Cindy and me, the calendar year runs from ALA Midwinter Meetings to Midwinter Meetings. We are just back, loaded with exciting new 2018 books, and ready to read them. It’s going to be a great year for youth books, trust me! Here are […]

Kwame Alexander Starts Publishing Imprint

Kwame Alexander Starts Publishing Imprint

The New York Times has reported that Kwame Alexander is launching his own publishing imprint, Versify, with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He told the Times that the imprint will focus on “risky, unconventional books like The Crossover,” his Newbery Medal-winning 2014 debut novel, written in verse. Alexander’s inaugural list will be published next spring. We can’t […]

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Looking Back on the End of the School Year

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

One of my favorite things about working in a school is the school year cycle itself. I love the momentum and the sense of change. There’s a clear beginning (New school supplies! Bright ideas for lessons! Brand. New. Books!) and a clear end (Collecting all the books! End-of-year reports! Putting in final grades!). OK, the […]

Poetry Unbound: Stories in Verse on Audio

Poetry Unbound: Stories in Verse on Audio

It is Poetry Month, and I have to confess that I’ve never really learned to appreciate poetry—at least not when I read it silently. Poetry, however, offers a new world of pleasures and opens up my imagination to an auditory play of cadence and words. In high school, I discovered stories in verse and plowed my way through Tennyson’s […]

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