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ALA Midwinter

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So happy to be leaving the snow for ALA Midwinter in San Diego! Please say “hi”. I look pretty much like my picture, except with glasses, longer hair, and smiling. Here’s my schedule. Will you be at Midwinter? What will you be doing? Friday YALSA Happy Hour YA Book Blogger Meet-up Saturday Exhibits Committee Meeting [...]

Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Lish McBride. Henry Holt & Co. 2010. Copy borrowed from friend. The Plot: Sam is your typical slacker – college drop out, working at a fast food restaurant to pay the bills for his tiny apartment, hanging out with his friends. Until the day he accidentally breaks the headlight on a Mercedes while playing potato hockey [...]

Heroes in International Literature

And another report from the YA Lit Symposium! Today’s YALSA YA Lit Symposium program being highlighted is Heroes In International Literature, November 6, presented by Rosemary Chance and Teri Lesesne. What attracted me to attending this panel was the focus — not books published in the US about other countries, but rather books from other countries published in [...]

Review: Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel. Amulet Books, 2010. Copy borrowed from a friend. About: Janis Joplin, rock ‘n’ roll singer, perhaps best known for Me and Bobby McGee. This details Joplin’s life, from her teen years in Port Arthur, Texas up to her 1970 death at age 27 from a heroin overdose. [...]

Bill Morris Luncheon: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

The Bill Morris Author Luncheon, YALSA YA Lit Symposium, November 6. The Bill Morris Author Luncheon is named for William C. Morris, yes, the same Morris of the Book Award for a YA Debut Award. It’s all part of the Morris Endowment. The featured speaker was Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author of Bad News for Outlaws: [...]

Retro Review: Ishmael

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Here is my holiday gift to you — or, at least those of you who like books that are a bit different. I give you Ishmael (Star Trek N0. 23) by Barbara Hambly (Pocket Books 1985). Available as an ebook from the publisher. I originally reviewed this book in December 2006. The description from the [...]

Review: Every Bone Tells a Story

Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw, published by Charlesbridge (2010). Review copy from publishers. About: The discoveries of Turkana Boy (Kenya, 1984), Lapedo Child (Portugal, 1998), Kennewick Man (Washington State, 1996) and the Iceman (Italy, 1991) are examined, from discovery to scientific analysis and debate. [...]

Connecting Religious Teens With Literature

Connecting Religious Teens with Literature, YALSA YA Lit Symposium, November 6 Presenters: Sarah Holtkamp, Jennifer Lowe Holtkamp and Lowe, librarians from Tinley Park Public Library, Illinois, explained their library, and their community, and how that led them to this topic. The books that were discussed were varied. In the links below is Holtkamp’s and Lowe’s [...]

Review: The Freak Observer

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The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston. Carolrhoda Lab. 2010. Reviewed from uncorrected proof from publisher. The Plot: Loa Lindgren has had a year of heartbreak and loss. Her younger sister died; one friend left town, another was killed in an accident. Her family is shattered first by the loss of a beloved child and next [...]

Celebramos Libros

And another report from the YA Lit Symposium! Celebramos Libros: Celebrating Latino Literature, YALSA YA Lit Symposium, November 6 Presenters: Janie Flores, Rosemary Chance, Margarita Engle, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Teri Lesesne Janie Flores, a librarian from the Rio Grande Valley, began by speaking about how, growing up, she didn’t have books to read that featured [...]