Critical Linking for August 17th, 2015


Drawn from the pages of PW’s Fall Children’s Announcements issue, here are our editors’ picks for the most notable and hotly awaited titles for children and teens out this fall. (Click here for PW’s list of most anticipated fall adult books.)

Some heavy-hitters (Meyer, Ness, Riordan, Riggs) on this list of The Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Fall 2015.


We first met Kamala Khan a year and a half ago, when Marvel Comics debuted Ms. Marvel, introducing a new superhero who possessed incredible powers, pluck and teenage street smarts. Now, she has a voice, too.

Marvel’s hugely popular new character is also its first published title to be adapted into an audiobook, making her origin story available to commuters, road trippers, people on the treadmill and the visually impaired.

Graphic novels on audiobooks might be really cool. And this is a telling first choice.


After children in Argentina are done reading Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva (My Father Was In the Jungle), they can plant the entire book in the ground and watch as it grows into a tree. The book, intended for children between 8 and 12 years old, is narrated by a young boy telling the story of his father’s adventures in the Ecuadorian jungle.

They should incorporate this into B-level celebrity memoirs since no one keeps those around either.


At the end of 2013, after a year of reading very little, I decided to embark on a challenge: read all the books I hadn’t yet read on NPR’s list of 100 best sci-fi and fantasy novels. Nostalgia permeates the list. Of the books I read, there were more books published before 1960 than after 2000. The vast majority were published in the 1970s and 1980s. There were also many sci-fi masterworks or what were groundbreaking novels. However, groundbreaking 30, 40, 50 or 100 years ago can now seem horribly out of date and shockingly offensive.

Not surprised by this, but I do wonder if all such comprehensive lists would feel similarly outdated or if there is something about the science fiction classics that are especially backward.

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