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Wild Awake

Wild Awake 331x500 Wild AwakeWild Awake, Hilary T. Smith
Katherine Tegen Books, May 2013
Reviewed from ARC

Nominate in haste, repent at leisure?

Well, not quite. But… I’m not entirely surprised no one, in effect, seconded this one.

Wild Awake is a debut, and while I don’t have a full sense of the year’s debut slate, from what I’ve read and from what I’ve passed over reading (there are so very many latest-hot-craze books among the debut titles), it’s a strong debut.

In fact, there are aspects that are outstanding. And then there are some aspects that strive, but don’t quite stick the landing.

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Does Never Fall Down Stand Up to the Hype?

never fall down 199x300 Does Never Fall Down Stand Up to the Hype?Never Fall Down, Patricia McCormick
Balzer + Bray, May 2012
Reviewed from ARC

National Book Award Finalist. Three stars. Patricia McCormick. Never Fall Down is a critical and popular darling, and there is absolutely no question about the emotional impact of the story. You would need to be a stone to stay dry-eyed reading about the atrocities Arn sees and endures under the Khmer Rouge.

So let’s cut to the chase. There’s really only one conversation anyone is having about Never Fall Down, and it’s all about the voice.

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Preview preview!

Last week was an embarrassment of riches, with not one but two previews.

I didn’t actually get to go to both, and Sarah and Sophie didn’t get to go to either, but happily my amazing colleague Joy pinch hit for us (I think maybe she didn’t mind too much…) and so later this week we’ll run her coverage of preview two. Sadly, none of us, including pinch-hitter Joy, can make this Thursday’s Fall preview at Random House, so if any of you, dear readers, will be there, feel free to leave a rundown in the comments on this post or Joy’s Macmillan post. Otherwise we’ll try to find coverage somewhere to link, and we’ll have some more book buzz post ALA as well.

In the meantime, let me tell you about HarperCollins!*

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