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    April 15 2014          BOOKLIST

Spotlight on Historical    Fiction
Core Collection: Russia's    Pressure Points
Top 10 Historical Fiction
Carte Blanche: The Past    Is Present
Core Collection:    Remembering the Great    War
Top 10 Historical Fiction    for Youth
Top 10 Historical Fiction    Audiobooks for Youth
Spring E-reference    Update: Databases and    E-books


Carnegie Medal Read-    Alikes, 2014: The Fiction    Shortlist
Carnegie Medal Read-    Alikes, 2014: The    Nonfiction Shortlist
Great Reads: Comics with    Strong Female    Characters
Great Reads: Black    Novelists under the    Radar
50 Years, 50 Books: The    Assassination of JFK in    Fiction
Romanced by Rafe: Six    Sexy Books Where It’s    All in the Name
Recipes Are Included:    Seven Sizzling Culinary    Romances
Great Reads: Sports from    the Inside
The Free MFA in Creative    Nonfiction: Save Your    Money and Read These    Books Instead
Richard Ford and Timothy    Egan Win Andrew    Carnegie Medals for    Excellence in Fiction and    Nonfiction

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Review Of The Day
Rules of Summer
By Shaun Tan

Tan (The Bird King, 2013) continues to wow readers with his expansive, surreal images. Here, a series of loosely linked pictures suggest a fantastical summer shared by two brothers. Each full-page painting is paired with a one-sentence rule related to the accompanying scene. For instance, “Never leave a red sock on the clothesline” appears next to an image of the two boys crouching against a wall while a seriously giant red rabbit glares at the single sock drying in the sun.

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Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth Top 10 Historical Fiction For Youth
By Ilene Cooper

Stories set around the world and across eras are the hallmark of this year’s crop of best historical fiction titles for young people, all reviewed in Booklist between April 15, 2013, and April 1, 2014.

Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy. By Elizabeth Kiem. 2013. SohoTeen, $17.99 (9781616952631). Gr. 8–11.

Set in 1982, this atmospheric, suspenseful story follows Marya and her father, who recently emigrated from Moscow to Brooklyn. When they’re given potentially dangerous information, decisions must be made.

Top 10 Historical Fiction Top 10 Historical Fiction
By Brad Hooper

Over the past 12 months, the historical fiction genre has been widely divergent in subject matter and approach. Even better, there is no reason to believe authorial creativity will dry up anytime soon. What follows is an annotated listing of the best historical fiction reviewed in Booklist between April 15, 2013, and April 1, 2014.

Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka. By Jay Cantor. Knopf, $24.95 (9780385350341).

Cantor’s newest fusion of biographical fact and intuited emotion is a commanding tribute to Franz Kafka, one of the twentieth century’s most revolutionary voices, and the stories Cantor presents here affirm his standing as a virtuoso writer of conscience.

2014 Carnegie Medal Read-Alikes: Fiction Carnegie Medal Read-Alikes, 2014: The Fiction Shortlist
By Donna Seaman

The finalists for this year’s Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction tell richly imagined, acutely observed, and profoundly involving stories of loss and dreams, immigration and alienation, in Nigeria, New York, Las Vegas, Europe, and a small Haitian fishing village. There’s a lot to work with there for those after read-alikes, and the following list should keep literary-fiction devotees going long after the Carnegie winners have been announced.

Direct readers seeking more novels like the first Carnegie shortlist fiction title, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah(Knopf), to these three tales of the African diaspora, which also offer strong points of view, vividly realized settings, and even, whenever possible, wit.

Carnegie Medal Read-alikes: Nonfiction Carnegie Medal Read-Alikes, 2014: The Nonfiction Shortlist
By Brad Hooper

With the announcement of the six shortlisted titles for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Fiction and Nonfiction, librarians and library patrons will be scrambling to read all the finalists before the winners are announced on Saturday, June 28, during ALA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas. But for those who have already read the full shortlist, why not try some read-alikes? Below you’ll find similar titles for the three nonfiction finalists.

For the first shortlist title, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism(Simon & Schuster), try these related titles.

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