The Politics of Book Links

When you click on a link of a book title, where do you expect to go? Ever since I started blogging about libraries and books about five years ago, the practice of creating links to books has been almost an existential crisis for me. Blogging is an interactive medium, so of course I want to link out to somewhere, but where?

The default most places on the web seems to be to link to Amazon. For many reasons, this is great. Amazon has loads of bibliographic information about specific titles, along with other book recommendations and the opportunity to buy with as little as one click. As a blogger, I could also use Amazon Affiliates links and even make money from linking to Amazon (full disclosure: I do have an Affiliates account, but do not currently use my links). But as a librarian and book-lover, the Amazon default kills me a little inside. Of course I do buy books from Amazon, but they are clearly a threat to the survival of physical bookstores, both independents and chains, and are well on their way to disrupting the publishing industry in general. Since I care about the continued existence of bookstores and traditional publishers, I choose not to link to Amazon on my blog.

I could instead make my book links go to an independent online bookstore. I’ve seen plenty of blogs and other websites link to Powell’s, an indie chain in Oregon, since they are large and have an extensive online selection. I think this is a fine practice, but I’m not so sure I want to favor one independent bookstore over another.

On the non-bookstore side, I see a few options. The biggest reading social network is Goodreads, which is an obvious choice when linking to a book. I’m an avid Goodreads user and when I’m reading about a book on a blog, it’s so useful to be able to click on the title, go straight to Goodreads, and add the book to my to-read shelf. Goodreads also has heaps of info about the title and links to a whole host of book-buying options. Of course, it’s not so great if you’re not a Goodreads user. Oh, and it’s now owned by Amazon, so it’s contributing to the factors already outlined above. (This does not stop me from using Goodreads though—it’s so useful!) Similar to Goodreads, LibraryThing is another social book site that could be used. While I am a user of the site, I don’t think it’s the best option for regular book links. Its user base is much smaller than Goodreads, so it won’t be as useful or familiar to most blog readers.

Another option I have used extensively on this blog, is Worldcat. This big online library catalog from OCLC provides bibliographic information and links out to other library catalogs based on your location. It also links to a few buying options and pulls in Goodreads reviews. I like linking to Worldcat because I see it as a neutral source and it promotes libraries (bonus!). My one hesitation with Worldcat links is that it’s not very familiar to most people, which could lead to confusion if someone is used to book links going out to Amazon or Goodreads.

I’m still clearly undecided about the best way to link to books from my blog. There are no industry standards for book blogs, so what do others prefer? Am I the only one who lets this issue keep them up at night?

YA Programming Blogs

As a newly practicing teen librarian, I’ve found that reading about successful programs and services for teens to be especially helpful. Blogs are a perfect medium for sharing of-the-minute ideas, talking honestly about what worked and what didn’t, and generating responses from others. Unfortunately blogs come and go, so it can be difficult to keep up with what’s new and current. Here are a few of my favorite blogs written by librarians that feature programming ideas or other services for teens or tweens.


Beth Reads

Beth is a youth services librarian in Ohio who posts about books and programs, mostly YA-related. Some recent posts I’ve found helpful have included: Ice Breakers for Teen Program Success, Doing More With Summer Reading Data, and Jump Start Your Book Club: A Change Will Do You Good. You should also check out her one-minute book talk series. Her posts are very thoughtful and coming from a place of experience, so it’s worth going through her archives.


The Magpie Librarian: A Librarian’s Guide to Modern Life and Etiquette

Ingrid, a children’s and teen librarian in NYC, blogs about books, programs, and other things of interest to the library world. I especially love her teen displays like It’s Time for a Body Positive Brooklyn: Look, I finished that display, finally., Queering up the Library: A finished display, and Oy with the Jokes Already: A totally jokey YA display with a totally broken color printer. You might also appreciate Tree Octopuses, Hate Sites, Agatha Ann Cunningham: The “Oh, C’MON!” Menagerie of Information Literacy, which discusses information literacy and a fake library ghost story crafted by two teen library interns.



Sarah is a teen librarian from Michigan. She has been blogging at Teenbrarian for just about a year and posts a lot about her regular programs. She has some good insight about hosting Minecraft programs, a Trivia program, and Dungeons and Dragons.


Young Adult Activities

A group of librarians share program ideas suitable for middle and high school audiences. I particularly enjoyed Updated: Urban Legends (I’ll be incorporating this into my summer reading programming!),  How to Survive a Horror Movie, Bike Rodeo.


Zen and the Art of Teen Services

Sarah, a teen librarian from Ohio, talks books, programs, teen trends, and more. Her post about Anatomy of a Teen Event Flyer is a must-read for any librarians who design their own flyers. Other great posts include Beyond Anime: 100+ ideas to keep your otaku happy!, Feeding teens, and Beyond Book Clubs & Gaming: Creating dynamic programs to which your teens will flock!. I wish she would post more!

Find more librarian blogs on my links page or take a look at previous link roundups:

Mock Printz Roundup 2014


The Youth Media Awards, the collection of awards handed out by the American Library Association, will be presented Monday, January 27. For young adult literature, the Michael L. Printz award is considered the highest achievement. Awarded annually since 2000, it honors the best book (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or anthology) in terms of literary merit and up to four honor books that were published in the United States during the award year. A committee of nine YALSA members discuss the eligible titles at the Annual and Midwinter ALA meetings and choose the winner and honor books in a closed door session.

To promote the reading and discussion of quality YA books, many library systems and regional library groups organize Mock Printz events. Typically, librarians will choose a shortlist of titles that they think merit inclusion on the Printz list. They then meet to discuss the books and choose their own winner and honor books before the official ceremony.

I’m always curious to see what books look like contenders for the award, so for a few years (2012, 2011, 2010) I have compiled Mock Printz lists and winners. It’s not the best predictor of the eventual winner, especially since a lot of the groups share lists to some extent and most librarians aren’t reading as widely and extensively as those on the committee. It’s still an interesting exercise to see what’s buzzing before the announcement of the actual winners and honorees.

This year, I looked at 19 lists. Several titles appear on multiple lists, but there are a lot that only appear on one list. A total of 45 individual books were listed. Of the lists I looked at, here are all of the books that appeared and the number of lists they appeared on:

  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (all 19 lists!)
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (14)
  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal (12)
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (12)
  • Winger by Andrew Sullivan (11)
  • Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (10)
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness (10)
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (9)
  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (8)
  • Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston (7)
  • September Girls by Bennett Madison (6)
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (6)
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (5)
  • Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff (5)
  • A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (4)
  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (4)
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (4)
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (4)
  • The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr (4)
  • Out of Nowhere by Maria Padan (3)
  • Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler (3)
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (3)
  • If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (2)
  • Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz (2)
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (2)
  • The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan (2)
  • All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry (1)
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (1)
  • Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan (1)
  • Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos (1)
  • Friday Never Leaving by Vikki Wakefield (1)
  • Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan (1)
  • Hostage Three by Nick Lake (1)
  • Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer (1)
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (1)
  • Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff (1)
  • Primates: Fearless Science by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks (1)
  • Reality Boy by A.S. King (1)
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (1)
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (1)
  • The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky (1)
  • The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (1)
  • The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee (1)
  • Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt (1)
  • Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan (1)

What do you think? Who will take home the big award next Monday morning?

The full lists from each library or library system appear below.

Continue reading “Mock Printz Roundup 2014”

2013 in Books

The last year has been a great year for reading! I set a personal goal to read 100 books and I surpassed my goal by 12 books for a total of 112. I started my first professional library job this fall, so I’ve really ramped up my YA reading even more than usual. I also work for a really big system that has a fantastic collection and I’ve been able to track down a more diverse range of reading options.

Of the 112 books I read in 2013, I read:

  • 48 YA books
  • 23 graphic novels
  • 20 adult fiction
  • 19 nonfiction
  • 2 middle grade fiction
  • 26 ebooks
  • 10 audiobooks

Top 10 Favorite 2013 Books

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
  • Why Can’t I Be You by Allie Larkin
  • The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
  • Reality Boy by A.S. King
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Non-2013 Releases That I Read and Loved in 2013

  • Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanchez

Reading Resolutions for 2014

  • Read more books with diverse main characters
  • Read more books from the backlist, especially published before 2006 (when I first started reading YA)
  • Read more middle grade fiction, especially for middle school readers
  • Read more in general! Goal for 2014 is 125

Movies Based on Books: January to March 2014


(1. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit  2. I, Frankenstein  3. Labor Day  4. The Monuments Men  5. Vampire Academy  6. Winter’s Tale  7. 300: Rise of An Empire  8. Addicted  9. Divergent

January 17

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Based on characters created by Tom Clancy
Starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, and Keira Knightley

January 24

I, Frankenstein
Loosely based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, and Miranda Otto

January 31

Labor Day
Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard
Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin
Directed by Jason Reitman

February 7

The Monuments Men
Based on the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter
Starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Matt Damon
Directed and adapted by George Clooney

February 14

Vampire Academy
Based on the books by Richelle Mead
Starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry

Winter’s Tale
Based on the novel by Mark Helprin
Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe

March 7

300: Rise of An Empire
Based on the graphic novel Xerxes by Frank Miller (not yet released)
Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, and Eva Green

March 14

Based on the novel by Zane
Starring Kat Graham, Sharon Leal, and Boris Kodjoe

March 21

Based on the novel by Veronica Roth
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet

Release dates and rating subject to change

Webinars and Other Online Training for Teen Librarians

Whether you’re a long-time librarian looking to strengthen your skills or a newbie just starting out, there are lots of online learning resources for teen librarians and others working with youth. These are a few options—some are free, some cost money. If you know of any other opportunities, let me and other readers know in the comments!


YALSA of course offers regular webinars of interest to teen librarians and others who interact with teens in the library. Starting in January, all of the webinars will be free to YALSA members! Webinars are usually monthly and last an hour. Past webinars (from 2010 on) are archived for viewing free by members or $19 for non-members.

YALSA also holds online courses, which are typically 10 hours long. These carry a fee—the most recent course was $155 for YALSA members, $195 for ALA members, and $215 for others. They occur three times a year on rotating topics.

Other ALA divisions also have webinars that may interest teen librarians, some with fees depending on your membership, including Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).


Infopeople is a federal grant funded program through the California State Library that primarily provides training to library workers in California. They host webinars that are also open to those from other state. These webinars run the gamut of library specializations, but they do offer a couple each year that are of specific interest to librarians working with teens and tweens. All webinars are archived and date back to 2006.


Webjunction is a service provided from OCLC that offers many online learning opportunities for librarians. There are many options each month on a variety of topics, with a few every year geared toward young adult services. The archives number almost 200 webinars back through 2007.

Programming Librarian

This initiative from the ALA Public Programs Office hosts occasional webinars of interest to public services librarians, including teen librarians. Some of the archives are free and some are available for purchase. Some interesting webinars include “Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation” and “Programming for At-risk Tweens.”

School Library Journal

SLJ hosts regular webcasts, including publisher previews, author chats, and curriculum tie-ins. They usually offer a couple each month and are free with registration.


Booklist offers regular webinars about upcoming titles, publishing trends, and other book-related topics, like collection management. Presenters include editors, authors, and librarians.

Baker and Taylor

Baker and Taylor, a book distributor, offers webinars on book-related topics with presenters from publishing companies and libraries. Some topics include middle grade fiction, African American Literature, and graphic novels. The archives are free—no need to be a B&T customer.

Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Simmons holds regular online continuing education classes on many library topics. Most courses are $250 and offer continuing ed credits, if needed.

Other Options

Webjunction posts a monthly list of free webinars of interest to librarians from a variety of sources.

Check with your state library or local association. Many offer their own training open only to local members or offer free or discounted access to other online training opportunities.

This Week in Reading: Nov. 25 to Dec. 1


French Milk by Lucy Knisley

After reading Lucy Knisley’s delightful food-based memoir, Relish, earlier this year, I was keen to pick up one of her earlier works. Presented as a travel journal about the month she spent in Paris the winter before graduating from college, this is a love letter to Parisian food, museums, and shopping, as well as a look into depression and the angst that comes with the reality of facing adulthood. With mostly single-panel illustrated journal pages and some photos, this is a quick read and a nice slice-of-life memoir.

And if you’re not already familiar with her epic illustrated Harry Potter summary, check it out!

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang

This title (or set of titles, depending on who you ask) is getting lots of award buzz and love from end-of-year lists and I have been wanting to check it out. For some reason the holds wait was longer on Boxers at my library, so I actually read Saints first. I love Yang’s simple graphic style – it’s very clean and expressive. The use of color in these is also terrific, using more somber tones for the realistic aspects of Chinese life and brighter colors for the magical elements (credit to colorist Lark Pien). These companion pieces about the opposing sides of the Boxer Rebellion in China – the converted Catholic Chinese and Westerners and the Chinese peasants – present a nuanced look into what shapes people into crusaders for their beliefs and, in many cases, martyrs for a cause. Both protagonists, Vibiana and Little Bao, feel like outcasts in some way before finding their place in the Catholic Church and the Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fist, respectively. These would be fantastic curriculum companions for this historical era that is often underlooked.

Currently Reading

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)

I’m about halfway through the audio version of the second book in the Throne of Glass series. I’m totally intrigued by the world of Celaena Sardothien, the teenage assassin working for a corrupt king. This second book has less action and is diving more into the politics of the court, the forbidden magic, and the brewing rebellion.

September Girls by Bennett Madison

This one is on my library’s systems Mock Printz list. About half-way through, I’m not yet sold on this magical realist tale about a teenaged boy and a mysterious town filled with super-hot young women with enigmatic pasts.

To Read

My to-read list is piling up faster than I can manage! Hoping to knock out a couple more Mock Printz titles in the next week or so, including  Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos and More Than This by Patrick Ness.

Starred YA Books: Movers and Shakers, Fall 2012

I’ve been keeping track of the starred reviews for YA books published this year in the big six reviewing publications — The Horn Book, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Some movers and shakers within the last few months are:

Six Stars
Dodger by Terry Pratchett (Harper/HarperCollins)
Horn Book, PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus, Bulletin

Moonbird by Phillip Hoose (Farrar)
Horn Book, PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus, Bulletin

Five Stars
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (Little, Brown)
PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus, Bulletin

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport (Candlewick)
PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus, Bulletin

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Shienkin (Roaring Brook/Flash Point)
Horn Book, PW, SLJ, Kirkus, Bulletin

My Book of Life by Angel  by Martine Leavitt (FSG/Ferguson)
Horn Book, PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus, Bulletin

Four Stars
A Certain October by Angela Johnson (Simon & Schuster)
Horn Book, PW, SLJ, Kirkus

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

The Impossible Rescue by Martin W. Sandler (Candlewick)
PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher (Little, Brown)
PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

Three Stars
After Eli by Rebecca Rupp (Candlewick)
PW, Booklist, Kirkus

All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin (Knopf)
SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne  by Catherine Reef  (Clarion)
PW, Booklist, Kirkus

The Diviners by Libba Bray (Little, Brown)
SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

Every Day by David Levithan (Knopf)
SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

The Fitzosbornes at War by Michelle Cooper (Knopf)
Booklist, Kirkus, Bulletin

The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti (Dial)
PW, Booklist, Kirkus

Passenger by Andrew Smith (Feiwel and Friends)
PW, Booklist, Kirkus

Pinned by Sharon G. Flake (Scholastic)
Horn Book, PW, Kirkus

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (Simon & Schuster)
PW, SLJ, Booklist

Son by Lois Lowry (Houghton)
SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

Two Stars
A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible true Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss (Abrams/Amulet)
PW, Kirkus

Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed (Scholastic/Levine)
PW, Bulletin

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel (Scholastic/Graphix)
SLJ, Kirkus

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon (Harper/HarperCollins)
SLJ, Kirkus

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)
Booklist, Kirkus

The Good Braider  by Terry Farish (Amazon Children’s)
SLJ, Booklist

Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O’Connor (Putnam)
PW, Kirkus

Kepler’s Dream by Juliet Bell (Putnam)
Booklist, Kirkus

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde (Harcourt)

My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve (Dial)
SLJ, Booklist

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Tor)
SLJ, Booklist

Reached by Ally Condie (Dutton)
PW, Kirkus

Soonchild by Russell Hoban, illus. by Alexis Deacon (Candlewick)
PW, Booklist

To the Mountaintop: My Journey through the Civil Rights Movement  by Charlayne Hunter-Gault (Roaring Brook/Flash Point)
PW, Booklist

The Unfortunate Son by Constance Leeds (Viking)
SLJ, Bulletin

See the full list here.

Movies Based on Books: November to December 2012

(1. Skyfall  2. Lincoln  3. Breaking Dawn Part 2
4. Anna Karenina  5. Silver Linings Playbook  6. Life of Pi
7. Rise of the Guardians  8. Hitchcock  9. The Hobbit
10. Jack Reacher  11. On the Road  12. Les Miserables)

Release dates are nationwide dates when applicable and are subject to change!

November 9

Starring Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory, and Javier Bardem
Based on characters created by Ian Fleming
James Bond returns in the third film of the series featuring Daniel Craig

November 16

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and John Hawkes
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner
Based on the book by Stephenie Meyer
The final installment in the Twilight film franchise

Anna Karenina
Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Matthew Macfadyen
Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy
The classic Russian saga gets the big budget treatment with a script adaptation by playwright Tom Stoppard

November 21

Silver Linings Playbook
Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro
Based on the book by Matthew Quick
A realistic drama about a man just coming home from a mental institution

Life of Pi
Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, and Tabu
Directed by Ang Lee
Based on the book by Yann Martel
A magical story of a boy and a tiger adrift in the Pacific Ocean

Rise of the Guardians
Starring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, and Isla Fisher
Based on the Guardians of Childhood series by William Joyce
An animated fantasy adventure for children

November 23

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson
Based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello
A peek into the romantic life of Alfred Hitchcock during the filming of Psycho

November 30

Killing Them Softly (Rated R)
Starring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, and Richard Jenkins
Based on the novel by George V. Higgins
Mob crime thriller about a poker game gone wrong

December 7

Lay the Favorite (Rated R)
Starring Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Vince Vaughn
Based on the memoir by Beth Raymer
Comedy about the world of sports gambling in Las Vegas

December 14

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis
Directed by Peter Jackson
Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien
The first in a trilogy based on The Hobbit and other Tolkien mythology

December 21

Jack Reacher
Starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, and Richard Jenkins
Based on the book series by Lee Child
A gritty action thriller about a homicide investigator

On The Road (Rated R)
Starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart
Based on the book by Jack Kerouac
This iconic 1960s road trip story gets the big screen treatment

December 25

Les Misérables
Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter
An adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel

Starred YA Books: Movers and Shakers July/August

I’ve been keeping track of the starred reviews for YA books published this year in the big six reviewing publications — The Horn Book, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Some movers and shakers within the last two months are:

Six Stars
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion)
Horn Book, PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus, Bulletin

Five Stars
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Random House)
Horn Book, PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

Four Stars
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (Knopf)
Horn Book, PW, Booklist, Kirkus

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books)
Horn Book, PW, SLJ, Kirkus

Miles to Go for Freedom: Segregation and Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years by Linda Barrett Osborne (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

Three Stars
A Certain October by Angela Johnson (Simon & Schuster)
Horn Book, SLJ, Kirkus

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix (HarperCollins)
Horn Book, SLJ, Kirkus

Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank (Clarion)
SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher (Little, Brown)
PW, SLJ, Kirkus

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (HarperTeen)
PW, SLJ, Kirkus

Two Stars
After Eli
by Rebecca Rupp (Candlewick)
PW, Kirkus

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Shienkin (Roaring Brook/Flash Point)
PW, Kirkus

The Diviners by Libba Bray (Little, Brown)
Booklist, Kirkus

Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
PW, Kirkus

Every Day by David Levithan (Knopf)
Booklist, Kirkus

The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti (Dial)
PW, Kirkus

The Impossible Rescue by Martin W. Sandler (Candlewick)
Booklist, Kirkus

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton)
PW, Kirkus

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand by Ramon Perez (Archaia Entertainment)
PW, Booklist

My Book of Life by Angel  Martine Leavitt (FSG/Ferguson)
PW, Kirkus

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
PW, Kirkus

Son by Lois Lowry (Houghton)
Booklist, Kirkus

This is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (St. Martin’s Griffin)
PW, Bulletin

See the full list here.