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Mockingjay Tour


How do you promote a book without ARCs? Why, a blog tour! The Mockingjay 13 District Blog Tour with each blog representing a different district. District 1 is at GalleySmith; SciFiGuy is District 2; Word for Teens, District 3; GreenBeanTeenQueen, District 4; and so on. Each blog has unique content, such as highlighting a particular character, […]

Review: Manifest


Manifest: A Mystyx Novel by Artist Arthur. Kimani Tru, an imprint of Harlequin. 2010. Copy from publicist; questions, below, are part of a Community Interview put together by Online Publicist. The Plot: Krystal Bentley, fifteen, has had a rough year. Her parents divorced, her mother forced her to move from New York City to Lincoln, […]

Review: Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens


Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens: A Reading Journal for Young Adult Book Lovers by Rachelle Rogers Knight. Sourcebooks. 2010. Copy from publisher. Also by the author: Read, Remember, Recommend: A Reading Journal for Book Lovers It’s About: A book journal for teens that includes a substantial amount of reference material on teen reading: awards, lists, […]

Team Mockingjay

In all likelihood, on “the day” I will not be reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I will be in car for double-digit hours, returning from vacation. Being as I get carsick when I read, and I am the copilot, I will have to avoid Twitter and anything else that may spoil my reading pleasure the next day. As explained in The […]

Review: The Space Between Trees


The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams. Chronicle Books. 2010. Review copy from ALA Midwinter. The Plot: Sunday morning. Evie, sixteen, is delivering newspapers and hoping to run into Jonah Luks. Jonah…the college drop out who, on Sundays, goes to the woods and bags up the dead animals so the people living in upscale Hokepe […]

YA Fantasy Showdown

Genius! Forget book versus book tournaments, with the limitation of what actually happens in the book. Instead, take the characters out of their story. Evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Then pit them together in a duel. What happens when Christopher Chant goes against Hermione Granger? Find out in YA Fantasy Showdown! For those of us with […]

Review: The Unwritten Rule


The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott. Simon Pulse. 2010. Copy from author. The Plot: Sarah and Brianna, best friends since forever. Ryan, Brianna’s boyfriend. Ryan, who Sarah likes. Likes likes. Yes — Sarah has broken the single most important unwritten rule. Sarah likes her best friend’s boyfriend. Sarah’s a good girl! She doesn’t break the […]

Review: Karma Bites


Karma Bites by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas. Sandpiper Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. Book Website. The Plot: Seventh grader Franny Flanders doesn’t want much out of life. Just for her two best friends, Kate and Joey, to get along and be friends so that […]

Readers’ Advisory?

One of my favorite things about being a librarian is Readers’ Advisory. Readers’ Advisory (or RA) can mean many things — it can be the obvious, “what book can you recommend.” It can be creating resources for the person who doesn’t come up and ask the question but still is looking for a book to […]

Review: Illyria by Elizabeth Hand


Illyria by Elizabeth Hand. Viking, an imprint of Penguin. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from conference. The Plot: Yonkers, New York, the 1970s. Rogan and Madeline Tierney are first cousins, the youngest son and youngest daughter of twins. They are best friends, deeply connected and attuned to each other. Their great-grandmother was the famous actress Madeline […]