Harry Potter: The Backlist | Wyatt’s World

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Just as Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, with authors John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, has looked to stories past to create the latest entry in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, readers’ advisers can reach into the stacks and pull out plenty of Potter read-alikes to share.

Churches, Houses, Songs, Choices | What We’re Reading

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In the hours and days after the hellish events in Charleston, SC, I asked the “What We’re Reading” gang how they’re handling the aftermath of the racist attack, and of course, what they’re reading. Here are some of the LJ/School Library Journal staffers’ coping and reading strategies. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews This week, […]

Postholiday Pages | What We’re Reading

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After a holiday hiatus, the LJ/SLJ/Junior Library Guild WWR team roars into spring reading.

Ken Liu’s Debut of the Month, P.N. Elrod, Erika Johansen, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, March 15, 2015

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Epic fantasy is one of the most popular and longest enduring genres in speculative fiction. This month’s reviews bring a wide variety of choices for readers, with new installments of popular series but also compelling debuts and fresh sequels.

Fiction from Chiang, Johansen; Nonfiction from Marsh, plus Celebrity Writers and Life Up in the Air | Audiobook Reviews

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A collection of stories mixes vivid characters, real science, and believable settings with wild speculation; an essential audiobook for libraries, poised to become the next big thing; a comprehensive biography with warmth and perspective

End Your Summer Reading Some Firsts | Wyatt’s World

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Johansen’s debut is already on its way to becoming a movie franchise, Jones delivers a suspenseful blend of genres, McNeal evokes the Big Easy of the 1960s, Owen’s setting is spellbinding, Thomas’s sweeping family saga is leisurely paced