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Review Of The Day
By Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Opening in Philadelphia on the eve of Lincoln’s assassination and ending over two decades later, McKinney-Whetstone’s (Trading Dreams at Midnight, 2008) vibrant historical novel traces the lives of several intertwined families as they navigate the early years of Reconstruction.

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top10-Multicultural-Nonfiction-Youth_f1.jpg Top 10 Multicultural Nonfiction for Youth: 2016
By Ilene Cooper

These multicultural nonfiction titles, reviewed in Booklist between February 1, 2015, and January 2016 take readers on a trip through history and around the world to experience diversity.

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings. By Margarita Engle. Illus. by Edel Rodriguez. 2015. Atheneum, $17.99 (97814811435222). Gr. 5–8.

top10-Multicultural-Fiction-Youth_f1.jpgTop 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth: 2016
By Ilene Cooper

These titles take readers around the world and into their own backyards. Circumstances may differ, but the characters’ hopes and struggles are universal. These books have been reviewed in Booklist between February 1, 2015, and January 2016.

Bayou Magic. By Jewel Parker Rhodes. 2015. Little, Brown, $17 (9780316224840). Gr. 4–7.

top10-Multicultural-NonFiction_f1.jpg Top 10 Multicultural Nonfiction: 2016
By Donna Seaman

The best works of multicultural nonfiction reviewed in Booklist between February 1, 2015, and January 2016 are written with valiant candor and breathtaking eloquence and cover a broad spectrum, from the ancient peoples of the Southwest to the experiences of African Americans and immigrants past and present.

Between the World and Me. By Ta-Nehisi Coates. 2015. Spiegel & Grau, $24 (9780812993547).

column_back-page The Back Page: Best Personal Reading, 2015
By Bill Ott

Here’s why January is among my favorite months: I don’t need to think of a topic for the Back Page, and I can rely on my colleagues to do most of the writing. That’s because January means, in addition to Top of the List and Editors’ Choice, the Back Page feature we call Best Personal Reading, in which we select our favorite book read (or listened to) in the last year on our own (not Booklist’s) time.

column_at-leisure At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: Dealing with Series
By Joyce Saricks

Like you, I’m a reader of series. I started with Nancy Drew, Sue Barton, Cherry Ames, and the Little House books. Later, after college, I was lured back into series bliss with Dorothy L. Sayers’ mysteries, Anthony Trollope’s Palliser and Barsetshire novels, and Dorothy Dunnett’s romantic historical adventures. These days, I’m pickier—there are way too many series I’d like to follow, and new ones seem to crop up in every genre. Our patrons are just as passionate about series as we are, reserving every new title in their favorite series as soon as they hear a rumor of its publication.

eds_choice2015_f1.jpg Booklist Editors’ Choice : Adult Books, 2015

The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.

Arts & Literature

Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land. By Sandy Tolan. Bloomsbury, $28 (9781608198139).

eds_choice2015 Booklist Editors’ Choice : Books for Youth, 2015

Committed to providing a broad selection of outstanding books that mixes popular appeal with literary excellence, the Books for Youth editorial staff has chosen the titles below as best-of-the-year nonfiction and fiction books and picture books.


Older Readers

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. By Phillip Hoose. Illus. Farrar, $19.99 (9780374300227). Gr. 7–10.

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