Clones, Sirens, and Dragons: New Young Adult Speculative Fiction for June & July 2020

The pandemic may have put a dent in the spring publication schedule, but the June and July releases are barreling forward full steam ahead. Lots of new and returning series, lots of debuts, and lots of fresh and exciting work from long-time authors. My bookshelves are already protesting all the titles I’m about to add to my TBR…

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YA Book Bundles – Science Fiction & Fantasy, Part 2

I’ve worked in libraries for eleven years now and have worked specifically with teens for the last four. In other words, I’ve been asked for books in just about every topic imaginable.

Libraries – especially public libraries – are gearing up for reopening or are rethinking what and how services might work in the future. One of those options we should be considering are book boxes or bundles. Many libraries are already offering them or, as in the case with my system, in development. With patron access to our buildings restricted or limited, now is the perfect time to implement or expand this service.

Since many libraries don’t have staff who specialize in teen services or aren’t able to carve out the time to design reader’s advisory lists, I figured I’d help my professional colleagues out. Each set of recommendations contain five YA books that are either already published or will be released by fall 2020. As per usual with me, preference is given to #ownvoices, marginalized authors and/or characters, and books teens are unlikely to read for school. Feel free to borrow or build on these sets.

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YA Book Bundles – Science Fiction & Fantasy, Part 1

I’ve worked in libraries for eleven years now and have worked specifically with teens for the last four. In other words, I’ve been asked for books in just about every topic imaginable.

Libraries – especially public libraries – are gearing up for reopening or are rethinking what and how services might work in the future. One of those options we should be considering are book boxes or bundles. Many libraries are already offering them or, as in the case with my system, in development. With patron access to our buildings restricted or limited, now is the perfect time to implement or expand this service.

Since many libraries don’t have staff who specialize in teen services or aren’t able to carve out the time to design reader’s advisory lists, I figured I’d help my professional colleagues out. Each set of recommendations contain five YA books that are either already published or will be released by summer 2020. As per usual with me, preference is given to #ownvoices, marginalized authors and/or characters, and books teens are unlikely to read for school. Feel free to borrow or build on these sets.

Click here to see other bundles.

Continue reading “YA Book Bundles – Science Fiction & Fantasy, Part 1”

Short Speculative Fiction: April 2020

March seemed to drag on for an eternity while April was gone in a flash. Normal no longer exists. Time is a flat circle. Hell is empty, and so on and so forth. Speculative fiction cannot save the world, but if my experience is any indication it can at least make sheltering in place a little less soul-crushing. We were graced with a lot of great short horror, fantasy, and science fiction this past month, and these are ten of my favorites…

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