The National Book Award longlist for Young People’s Literature has been posted. I am happy for several of the books (Bone Gap! Nimona! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!)
Daniel Kraus’s essay on Twilight in Booklist is really thoughtful and does a great job of looking at the book honestly and clearly while also not shaming its readers and fans.
“Agatha Christie and the Golden Age of Poisons” is possibly the best New Yorker article ever published. I’m kidding. Sort of.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has a gorgeous new cover from Kadir Nelson.
I enjoyed this Literary Gothic post.
I’ve seen this dynamic before and it’s so toxic: “The other moms immediately bent over backward to make sure I knew he wasn’t theirs either. That kid in the white shirt, who appeared to be the bad behavior instigator, wasn’t their responsibility. We looked around the playground and spotted another mom, far away, clearly at the playground, but not paying any attention to her child. They made this silent affirmation, like of course. He was hers.”