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Bonnie Lynn Wagner

Bonnie Lynn Wagner

Bonnie Lynn Wagner has been a reader for as long as she can remember. Friends frequently come to her for book recommendations, and eventually, she decided to start reviewing books in order to share her love of them with everyone. While her favorite genre is fantasy, she reads and reviews many others, from contemporary novels to juvenile picture books. When she isn't reviewing books, you can find her on Twitter @abackwardsstory talking about musicals, nail polish, and Disney, among other things! She continues to review at if you'd like even more book recommendations!


BWW Review: THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang -- soon to be a movie musical from Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez!
February 21, 2020

Yesterday, Playbill broke the news that the critically acclaimed graphic novel THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang will be the next project for husband-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who previously worked together on the music for Disney's Frozen, Coco, and Frozen 2. Robert is a two-time EGOT winner -- he is the youngest to win the award, to have won it in the shortest amount of time, and to have won it more than once. He broken out with his work co-writing Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.

VIDEO: Trailer Drops For Best Selling Romance Novel AFTER WE COLLIDED at Anna Todd
February 18, 2020

VIDEO: Official Movie Trailer for #1 New York Times Best Seller THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne
February 17, 2020

THE SECRET turns 15 next year, and has sold over 30 million copies. It spawned more titles such as THE POWER and THE MAGIC, as well as daily Secret teachings and DVDs on the power of positive thinking. Now, it's about to be a movie from One Media starring Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek) and Jerry O'Connell (Sliders, Stand By Me). The movie hits theaters on April 17th, and the first trailer just released.

BWW Review: CRAZY CUPID LOVE by Amanda Heger (Grab it FREE for a Limited Time!)
February 14, 2020

In a world where Cupids have been exposed and are frequently hired to make love matches, Eliza Herman feels extremely unlucky. She has more magic than any other Cupid, but she's a huge klutz and can't wield it. She was born on the most auspicious of all days, Valentine's Day, but doesn't believe in True Love with a Capital L. And to top it all off, she's unlucky. Her father just had a heart attack and the family business is in trouble, so Eliza has to get a provisional license to become a Cupid...which means asking Jake Sanders to be her mentor. Jake Sanders, her childhood best friend, her first crush, and now, the guy she accidentally enchanted into infatuation...

BWW Review: COME TUMBLING DOWN by Seanan McGuire
February 10, 2020

Seanan McGuire's award-winning series Wayward Children is one such series. Every book is a delight, something original to be cherished and held. Some are terrifying and bleak, while others are full of wonder and whimsy. Readers finish these books and wish there truly were other words to explore so they don't have to go back to the mundane.

BWW News: Disney Publishing Announces the Acquisition of IF WE WERE GIANTS by Musician Dave Matthews with Author Clete Barrett Smith
February 9, 2020

you might expect on March 3rd. The book, written for ages 9-12, is entitled IF WE WERE GIANTS, and written by musician Dave Matthews of the Grammy Awarding Winning Dave Matthews Band and Clete Barrett Smith (Known for his Disney Hyperion middle-grade series The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast).

VIDEO: Netflix Releases Trailer for ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
February 7, 2020

Jennifer Niven's award-winning YA novel ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES is about to hit Netflix on February 28th, and the streaming service just dropped its first trailer for the movie.

VIDEO: Disney+ Releases Trailer for TIMMY FAILURE: MISTAKES WERE MADE, plus World Premiere Photo Round-Up
February 1, 2020

TIMMY FAILURE: MISTAKES WERE MADE, becomes a movie on the streaming network Disney+ this month on February 7th, and a trailer was just released to get fans of the series excited. The cast just hosted a World Premiere Viewing Party, and BroadwayWorld Books has photos of the night to share, as well as the trailer and a bonus clip from the movie to get everyone excited for the upcoming release!

BWW Interview: Adalyn Grace, author of ALL THE STARS AND TEETH
January 31, 2020

Today, BroadwayWorld is excited to share an interview with debut author Adalyn Grace, whose upcoming February 4th release has already been blurbed by heavyweight #1 New York Times Best Selling Author Tom Adeyemi (CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE).

BWW News: Oprah's Book Club & Barnes & Noble Book Club Both Pick AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins as March Selection
January 24, 2020

The company just announced that the February Selection will be the controversial AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins, which just released this week on January 21st. The is also Oprah Winfrey's Book Club Selection. The February Book Club will meet at stores nationwide on March 10th at 7 p.m. For more details, visit a store or sign up for the Barnes and Noble Book Club online to attend the March session.

BWW Review: SANITY & TALLULAH by Molly Brooks
January 20, 2020

Middle-grade graphic novels are a booming genre, and I haven't read nearly enough of them. SANITY AND TALLULAH by Molly Brooks is one that all teachers and librarians should pick up for the classroom, and one that all parents should buy for their kids. It is a great STEM book, and about two best friends. This is a book that will appeal to both genders and is full of fun and adventure. Also, there's a three-headed cat on the loose! 

VIDEO: Hulu Releases Trailer for Celeste Ng's LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
January 18, 2020

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng debuted in 2017 as an instant New York Times Best Seller. Over 25 publications named it one of 2017's Best Book of the Year, including Amazon. It has also won multiple awards, including the 2017 Goodreads Readers Choice Award in Fiction. Ng's 2014 debut novel EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU was also a New York Times Best Seller and over twelve publications named it a 2014 Best Book of the Year. It also won multiple awards, including the prestigious ALA Alex Award. She has also written several essays and works of fiction that have appeared in publications such as the New York Times and The Guardian.

BWW News: New York Times Best Selling Novel ONE OF US IS LYING to Premiere on NBC's Peacock
January 17, 2020

Yesterday, NBC revealed the full line-up for its upcoming streaming Network, Peacock. Among announcing more news on previously established premieres and older shows already in its arsenal, NBC announced more shows coming to the network. Among them, the book industry was taken by storm at the announcement that the New York Times Best Selling Novel ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus will premiere as a TV series on the streaming service.

BWW News: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY Reveals Top 10 Check-Outs of All Time & Honors #1 with Limited Edition Library Card Design!
January 14, 2020

It's a new decade, and everyone has been making lists and finding something new to track. For the New York Public Library, what better thing to track than books? Only, instead of looking at the last decade, NYPL looked at its 125 year history and made a list of the top ten checked-out books of all time.

BWW News: Jeffery Deaver's LINCOLN RHYME: THE BONE COLLECTOR Premieres Tonight on NBC
January 10, 2020

Tonight at 8/7c, Jeffery Deaver's Best Selling Lincoln Rhyme series premieres on NBC in the new mid-winter show Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector. The premiere is based on the first novel in the series, entitled THE BONE COLLECTOR.

BWW News: DEAR EDWARD by Ann Napolitano is the February Barnes and Noble Book Club Pick
January 7, 2020

Barnes and Noble just announced that the next Selection will be DEAR EDWARD by Ann Napolitano, which just released yesterday, January 6th, and is the captivating tale of a man who is the sole survivor of a tragic plane crash. The February Book Club will meet at stores nationwide on February 4th at 7 p.m.

Amazon's Upcoming WHEEL OF TIME Adaptation Adds More Cast Members
January 5, 2020

Hollywood's game of adapting long, sprawling high fantasy series to the scene chasing after the next Game of Thrones continues with Amazon Prime's next new series, Wheel of Time, based on the New York Times Best Selling Novels by Robert Jordan, set to premiere in 2021. 

First Look at Live Action Adaptation of CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
January 5, 2020

One of the most beloved picture book series of all-time, Clifford the Big Red Dog by Normal Bridwell, is finally headed to the big screen. Eighty Clifford books were published between 1963 and 2015 (Bridwell passed away in 2014), and the books are storytime staples at schools and libraries worldwide

BWW Review: THE NEED by Helen Phillips
January 6, 2020

What lengths would you go to in order to protect your children? Helen Phillips asks this question and more in her latest novel, THE NEED, which has been long listed for the National Book Awards, was a Goodreads Choice Nominee, and was on several Best of 2019 reading lists. With such an impressive pedigree, this was one worth picking up blind.

Netflix Unveils Several New Page To Screen Movies Hitting the Streaming Service in 2020
January 4, 2020

BroadwayWorld Books frequently chronicles the path books take as they're picked up for the silver screen, television, or streaming services. In recent years, Netflix has been aggressively perusing bookstores to find the next successful series. This past month, the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski did so well, the publisher broke stock and the books are on back-order. Netflix just announced a long list of movies coming out on its platform in 2020, and many of them are book adaptations.

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