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A Superhero with Rabbit Ears: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

A Superhero with Rabbit Ears: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

Lynn: If you were going to tell the story of what it is like to lose your hearing as a child, adjust to that bewildering loss, cope with friendships, school, loneliness and public ignorance, how would you tell it? Would you think to tell it through graphic storytelling using a cast of rabbits? I certainly wouldn’t […]

2014 Kirkus Prize Nominees

2014 Kirkus Prize Nominees

The finalists were announced yesterday for the first annual Kirkus Prize. The prize will be awarded for fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature; six authors were longlisted in each category. The winners will be announced on October 23rd in Austin, Texas. The nominees are listed below, linked to Booklist reviews when available.   Fiction All Our Names, […]

The Latest Booklist: Food, Finance, and More

The Latest Booklist: Food, Finance, and More

The October 1 issue of Booklist magazine, which mailed yesterday, is now live on Booklist Online! Subscribers can log on to access 348 reviews, and, for the next two weeks, the featured articles are free to all. If you’re a print subscriber but don’t yet have a login, register for online access today. (And if you haven’t subscribed, what […]

By October 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Box Cutters and the Art of Opening Book Bags

Box Cutters and the Art of Opening Book Bags

Box cutters have been on my mind lately. First of all, I’m reading Near Enemy, Adam Sternbergh’s fine follow-up to his superb debut, Shovel Ready, in which series antihero Spademan is a killer for hire. His weapon of choice: a box cutter. More conventional weapons are in short supply in Spademan’s world—a postapocalyptic New York […]

By September 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
News You Can Use: Audiobook Roundup

News You Can Use: Audiobook Roundup

Lots of links of interest. First up: Cory Doctorow says “Amazon vs Hachette is nothing: just WAIT for the audiobook wars!” This BoingBoing blog post says what many in the audiobook world have been thinking about the changing marketplace. A FABULOUS three-part series on Teenreeds.com by Shara Zaval that provides an incredible, in-depth look at […]

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Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Cindy: Have we run the course of characters with Asperger’s Syndrome? The new trend just might be characters who are blind. Last fall, my first blind student, Maria, arrived at one of my middle schools and she read more books last year using our audiobook collection than most of my sighted students got through. This year, I […]