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For the Love of YA

Risha Mullins is a “self-proclaimed critic of Young Adult literature, a National Board Certified English teacher, an AP Language and Composition teacher, and an aspiring author.” You may know her name from some of my posts from last year (What do you think and UPDATE: YA in the classroom). And now Risha is blogging! She’s [...]

Review: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

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The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Pancho Sanchez, seventeen, ends up at St. Anthony’s Home after he is left alone. His mother died when he was young; his father was killed in a work accident; [...]

Review: Finnikin of the Rock

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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. Candlewick. 2010. Gift. The Plot: When Finnikin was nine, the world as he knew it ended. The royal family of Lumatere, murdered; his father, the head of the King’s Guard, jailed; chaos, murder, betrayal, and curses resulted in half of the kingdom of Lumatere in exile and half [...]

YA Fantasy Showdown Winner!

Folks, we have a winner at the YA Fantasy Showdown! Much as I hoped, my book boyfriend won! I enjoyed reading the showdown very much — a big Thank You to the authors and bloggers who made it possible. Past posts on my book boyfriend: one, two, three, four. See, how I don’t give away [...]

Review: The Beautiful Between

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The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. Knopf, an imprint of Random House. 2010. The Plot: Connelly Sternin, a junior, looks around her high school and sees it, her life, as a fairy tale. Connelly is Rapunzel, living in a Manhattan high rise, hiding behind studying and SAT Prep. She keeps herself isolated, not just [...]

Review: You

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You by Charles Benoit. Harper Teen. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher The Plot: You. The Good: You are you. You are Kyle Chase. OK, enough of writing in the style of You! Told in second person, Benoit pulls you into the story, makes the story about you and your choices and your friendships. Your slacking [...]

Vintage is Fancy Talk for Old

This past ALA was my first time attending the Newbery Award Banquet — and I even made it to On the Red Carpet at ALA with Kristin Clark Venuti and Jim Averbeck! I appear in the Fashion Statement segment. “Vintage” means it’s last year’s dress and I wore it last year’s Printz Award Reception. Check [...]

Review: Ship Breaker

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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Little, Brown. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: In a future America, teenage Nailer works light crew with other teens, scavenging the parts of rusted-out, abandoned ships that only those small and thin enough can get into. If Nailer is lucky, he will bulk up enough to qualify [...]

Top 100 YA Novels

Remember Betsy Bird’s Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll? Wondering what the Top 100 YA Novels Poll would be? Wonder no more! Persnickety Snark put together a poll (using Bird’s system), crunched the numbers, and posted the top 100 YA Novels. The blog is by an Australian teacher currently living in Japan. Part of the fun [...]

Review: The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle

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The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Pat Rothfuss. Illustrated by Nate Taylor. Subterranean Press. 2010. Copy borrowed from Chasing Ray. The Plot: “Once upon a time, there was a Princess who lived in a marzipan castle.” So this fairy tale begins. End at one place, and you [...]