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Review: Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

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Rampant by Diana Peterfreund. HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2009. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Astrid Llewelyn, sixteen, is minding her own business, making out with her cute boyfriend, when they are attacked by killer unicorns. Turns out, all the “you are descended from mighty unicorn hunters” and “unicorns aren’t friendly they are monsters [...]

Workshop: The Business of Children’s Publishing

Are you near the Center for Children’s Literature at the Hedberg Library, Carthage Library and Information Services, Kenosha, Wisconsin? If so, you may want to check out their two day workshop, The Business of Children’s Publishing, on October 1 & 2, 2010. From the website: “This annual event features guest speakers including authors, illustrators, publishers, editors, [...]

Review: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

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Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins. Charlesbridge. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Present day Burma. Chiko, fifteen and bookish, responds to an ad for teachers and discovers it’s a scam by the military to force teenage boys into the army. Making it even worse is that his father was arrested four months ago [...]

Talking About a Revolution

In NJ Library, Citing Child Pornography, Removes GLBT Book,  SLJ reports “A New Jersey public library has ordered the removal of all copies of Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology (Alyson, 2000) from its shelves–despite the fact there was no formal book challenge–and its library director has referred to the title as “child pornography.” [...]

Penguin at ALA

The folks over at Penguin told me about this video they put together about their authors who attended ALA. It’s a mix of signings and participation on panels. A full list of authors in the video, with more information about Penguin at ALA, is at the Penguin blog.

Review: Folly by Marthe Jocelyn

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Folly by Marthe Jocelyn. Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Books. 2010. Review copy from publisher. Sample Chapters. The Plot: Nineteenth century England. Two stories. Mary Finn, a teenage girl whose stepmother forces her into service. James Nelligan, a small boy leaving his foster family to live at a foundling home.  Two stories, [...]

Nerds Heart YA

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Nerds Heart YA is a blogger organized book tournament to showcase underrepresented young adult books — that is, books that did not get as much online attention as others. For 2010 (it’s second year), the tournament further highlights diversity. Thirty two books published in 2009 go against each other one-on-one, with the winner for each [...]

Review: Stranded by J.T. Dutton

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Stranded by J.T. Dutton. HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: With great reluctance, fifteen year old Kelly Louise and her mother are leaving Des Moines for her mother’s hometown of Heaven, Ohio. Kelly Louise — named for Tina Louise, of Gilligan’s Island fame — tells of being dragged back [...]

Press Release: Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award

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Last November, I attended my first ALAN Workshop, which was a lot of fun and included the reception for the first Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award. Here is the press release for the 2010 Walden Book Award, which will be celebrated at the ALAN  Workshop in Orlando (information at bottom of press release). Press Release: [...]

Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

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Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.  Scholastic Press. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from ALAN Conference. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series; Linger is a sequel to Shiver The Plot: Shiver, the tale of human Grace and sometimes wolf Sam, ended on a happy note, with Sam permanently shedding his wolf and becoming a real boy, so that Sam and Grace could live happily ever [...]