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New Jersey Association of School Librarians

On Friday and Saturday, I will be at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians Fall Conference in Long Branch, NJ. On Saturday, Bonnie Kunzel and Sharon Rawlins are presenting on Best Books for Young Adults, highlighting recent titles, and they asked me to be on the panel! So, I will be sharing some of [...]

Review: Fixing Delilah

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Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler. 2010. Little Brown. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Delilah Hannaford, almost seventeen, is in a car headed from Pennsylvania to Vermont. It’s been eight years since she’s been to her mother’s hometown. Back then, it was for her beloved grandfather’s funeral. Because of a fight between her mother, [...]

Review: Revolution

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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. Delacorte, an imprint of Random House. 2010. Reviewed from copy from publisher. The Plot: Andi Alpers, a senior, doesn’t belong anywhere and doesn’t care. After her brother’s death two years ago, her world fell apart. Her father, a Nobel winning scientist, always a worhaholic, moved out. Her mother’s grief registers itself [...]

Review: The Iron Duke

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With the Thanksgiving weekend coming up, here’s something a little different for you — something for the grown ups to read! Yes, I sometimes read books for grownups, and this steampunk romance is a fun, entertaining, hot read for the weekend.   The Iron Duke (A Novel of the High Seas) by Meljean Brook. Berkley [...]

Alt History / Steampunk

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I love Alternate History books. Love, love, love. Because… Why, I cannot tell you NOW. Not when, as announced by Leila at Bookshelves of Doom, “for the entire week of December 13th, we’re going to celebrate and discuss — and we, of course, invite and encourage you to do the same – Alt History and Steampunk novels. (We’re [...]

Review: The Iron King

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. Harlequin Teen. 2010. First in the Iron Fey series. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Meghan Chase, almost sixteen, lives in the middle of the Louisiana bayou with her mother, stepfather and four year old half-brother. Maybe it’s the oddness of having had her father disappear when she was [...]

Review: Hush

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Hush by Eishes Chayil. Walker, a division of Bloomsbury. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Gittel is a teenager, preparing to graduate High School, get married, get a job. She is haunted by memories of her childhood friend, Devory. When they were both nine, Devory hanged herself in the bathroom of Gittel’s house. Now [...]

Historical Fiction Month

It is Historical Fiction Month over at Melissa Rabey’s blog, Librarian by Day. As explained in Rabey’s November 1 post, “Every weekday in November, there will be discussion of young adult historical fiction.  Whether it’s a book review, an essay from a guest contributor, or a post from me, readers will learn new things about historical [...]

Review: The Suburb Beyond The Stars

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The Suburb Beyond the Stars by M. T. Anderson. Scholastic. 2010. Review from ARC from ALA. The Plot: Brian and Gregory, having survived The Game of Sunken Places, are preparing for the next Game. Brian, as winner, gets to plan it and is constructing it around old detective novels. Gregory, his best friend, is helping. The [...]

National Book Awards

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The five National Book Awards, Young People’s Literature finalists. For more on the Awards process, see the NBA website. One thing to note: when talking any award, each one is different, from the nomination process to the make-up of the selection committee to the criteria to the selection process. Comparing awards and finalists can be fun, but [...]