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Review: It’s a Book

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It’s a Book by Lane Smith. Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Three friends: a mouse, a jackass, a monkey. Jackass holds a laptop; monkey, a book. In dialogue, monkey tries to explain to jackass what a book is and how it is different from a laptop [...]

Review: Mockingjay

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. 2010. Personal copy. If you haven’t read any of The Hunger Games trilogy… stop reading now. This review assumes you have read the first two books. This is the type of trilogy where one story (how one person can change the world and the toll that takes) is told out [...]

New Fantasy and Science Fiction

Interested in middle grade fantasy and science fiction? Every Sunday, Charlotte’s Library rounds up the fantasy and science fiction reviews, interviews and other news. If that wasn’t enough, a few times a month, Charlotte’s Library rounds up the new releases in fantasy and science fiction for middle grade readers. Charlotte uses the Books By Release [...]

Review: Presenting Tallulah

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Presenting . . . Tallulah by Tori Spelling and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2010. Reviewed from copy from publisher. The Plot: Poor little rich girl Tallulah finds a friend and asserts her own identity. The Good: I know, I know. A picture book by a celebrity author. [...]

What They Wore

Two Nerdy History Girls is talking about how much clothing saved from the past is that worn by the rich. However, there is one place where clothing (or, at least, snippets) of more common folk has survived — the records from London’s Foundling Hospital. As explained by the Two Nerdy History Girls: “Children were to be [...]

Review: The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball

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The Secret  Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green. Sourcebooks. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Erin Channing has the highest GPA in tenth grade. Yes, she’s the smart one. She’s so normal she’s a bit boring and that has her worried. She really wants to go on the AP Art History [...]

Review: 13 Words

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13 Words by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Maira Kalman. Harper Collins. 2010. Reviewed from F&G from publisher. The Plot: Thirteen words. Bird, despondent, cake, dog…. Oh, just read the book. The Good: It’s Lemony Snicket, so of course it is funny. The humor is directed to an older reader, which is why I’m reviewing it [...]

In My Mailbox

Don’t get all excited! No, this isn’t me doing an In My Mailbox post. This is me explaining what In The Mailbox is. Full information is at The Story Siren‘s blog — but don’t worry, more on that in a moment. A blogger tracks the books they received during the week: books from publishers, picked up from [...]

Review: Jane

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Jane: A modern retelling of Jane Eyre by April Lindner. Poppy, an imprint of Little Brown. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Oh, just go look up the Wikipedia entry for Jane Eyre. Jane takes Jane Eyre and updates it; Jane Moore is a nanny for Nico Rathburn, a rock star. The Good: [...]

YALSA Great Idea

I have officially had a Great Idea. From American Libraries: “The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has chosen the winners for its annual Great Ideas contest: Elizabeth Burns, New Jersey State Library Talking Books and Braille Center, Trenton, N.J., won for her idea to host a blog-based YALSA book award/booklist reading [...]