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But Where is the Witch?

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Over at Nerd Girl Blogging, Lindsay admits to a misconception she had about The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel: “I guess I kind of forgot what Liz B had said in her review [of The Beautiful Between], because I was totally expecting a paranormal story.  I just reread the review and though she doesn’t come [...]

Review: Reckless

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Reckless by Cornelia Funke. Little Brown. 2010. Reviewed from Advance Limited Edition from publisher. The Plot: When Jacob Reckless is twelve years old, he discovers a mirror in his father’s study that takes him into a world where fairy tales are real. Twelve years later, his brother Will follows him through the mirror, eager to discover [...]

Ask Winston

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Kirby Larson has a series at her blog called Ask Winston. This is Winston: This week’s question is about reviewing books by friends. As Winston tends to bark responses, I helped out with the answer and include the blogger’s prayer. You didn’t know there was one? Read my answer over at Kirby’s blog to find out the prayer! Linda [...]

Review: The Twin’s Daughter

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The Twin’s Daughter. Lauren Baratz-Longsted. Bloomsbury. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from author. The Plot: Victorian London. Lucy Sexton is thirteen when she opens the door and sees her mother…. No. Not her mother, Aliese Sexton; it is her mother’s identical twin sister, Helen. A twin no one knew about. Aliese and Helen were separated at [...]

It Is Bloglines You Mourn For

I am a long-time Bloglines user. Back in the day when I did a lot of training, Bloglines is what I used to illustrate the power of RSS feeds and why they were so gosh-darn important. On Friday, I went to my Bloglines account and discovered this message: “we are sorry to share that Bloglines [...]

Review: From Cover to Cover

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From Cover to Cover (revised edition): Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books by Kathleen T. Horning. HarperCollins. 2010. Personal copy. It’s About: Evaluating and reviewing children’s books. Lordy, but subtitles make my job easy. The Good: From Cover to Cover was published in 1997. Thirteen years later, yes, a lot has changed in publishing and children’s [...]

Review: Ascendant

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Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund. Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2010. Review ARC provided by publisher. The Plot: When last we left our intrepid unicorn hunter Astrid Llewelyn, she discovered she was a unicorn hunter when her then-boyfriend was attacked by one, got shipped to unicorn hunter school in Rome where she battled many a [...]

Cybils – Call for Judges

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It’s that time of year! The call has gone out for a new round of judges for the Cybils. It’s a lot of work and a lot of fun. Also, it gives a great understanding of the process of selecting a book award winner because you are part of the process! Full details are at [...]

Review: 7 Souls

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7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando. Random House. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Mary Shayne’s seventeenth birthday begins with her lying naked in a strange bed with the worst hangover she’s ever had. Turns out, that strange bed is in the display window of Crate & Barrel in Greenwich Village. Looking [...]

KidLitCon 2010

It’s a fact. Groups of people who meet on the Internet over shared interests want to meet in real life. Using my beloved Buffy as an example, the fans who met through BTVS’s official posting board, The Bronze, held posting board parties from 1998 to 2003. (No, I never went.) And even before the Internet, [...]