Julia from Camp Verde, Arizona

"A self-leader cries for no followers by himself. He does his thing and people get to know him, chase him and learn from him." -- Israelmore Ayivor

So it is for many authors. They have something to say ... a story to tell ... they risk telling it and hope that we will listen.
I've been in search of and chasing great authors my entire life. I owe that curiosity to two people - a woman whose name I never knew and James Hilton. They introduced me to literature for, in our house, there were no books.

Reviews of the Week with Lindsey Hilsum, Andrew Simonet, Sharon M. Draper, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from November 5–November 9 below.

Monday, November 5

The Truth Is, There’s a Whole Lotta Lying Goin’ on in YA Lit

Cindy: After last week’s midterm elections concluded, one issue had bipartisan support: everyone applauded the end of the political TV ads and robocalls. I figure we have six weeks or so before the 2020 ads appear and perhaps some of you don’t know what to do with your free time, now that you’re not fact-checking lies in political campaigns. Never fear, Bookends is here to help you fill that gap. Ever since the release of e.

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Religion & Spirituality

The November 15 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 340 new reviews and 5 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or you do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care of that today!


What if you took a journey to a fantasy world such as Narnia, but then had to come back to the real world where nothing has changed? In Laura E. Weymouth’s The Light between Worlds, Jamie, Philippa, and Evelyn Hapwell have spent six years in the kingdom of the Woodlands before coming home to 1944 England. While Jamie and Philippa are able resume their original lives, Evelyn struggles through her teenage years before suddenly vanishing.