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Review: Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool


Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool by Odo Hirsch. Kane Miller. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: The Bell family did some great things generations ago; they received the Bell House and the surrounding land. In exchange, every twenty-five years a Gift must be made. Cornelius Bell gave the first Gift: an enormous marble […]

William C. Morris YA Debut Award


The finalists for the 2011 William C. Morris YA Debut Award have been announced! The winner will be announced at ALA Midwinter. I have only read one of the four books (I know!) and am trying to get copies so that I can read the other four.   Hush by Eishes Chayil, published by Walker Publishing Company, […]

Meet Them Where They Are

So, the posts you have been waiting for — my reports from the YALSA Lit Symposium, November 5 – 7, 2010. Let’s start with the preconference! Meet Them Where They Are & Open The Door: Urban Teens, Street Lit, and Readers Advisory Preconference, YALSA Lit Symposium, November 5: Megan Honig, Beth Saxton, Sofia Quintero “Street […]

Alternate History

So, as promised in my post about Steampunk / Alternate History Week, I’m just going to talk about Alternate History. Historical fiction is a genre that, especially for children’s and young adult literature, is viewed by some people as unpopular among the target audience. I’m not sure why; I stumbled upon A Proud Taste for Scarlet and […]

Interview: Sofia Quintero


Welcome to the 2010 Winter Blog Blast Tour! Sofia Quintero is the author of Efrain’s Secret (Random House, 2010). Quintero’s works for adult include Divas Don’t Yield (One World/Ballantine, 2006) and stories in the collections Friday Night Chicas (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2005) and Names I Call My Sister (Avon, 2007). Writing as Black Artemis, she has written Explicit […]

Winter Blog Blast Tour, Thursday

Here are today’s interviews. Chasing Ray has the direct URLs and interview highlights. Thursday, December 9 Kathi Appelt at Shelf Elf Heidi Ayarbe at The Happy Nappy Bookseller Julia DeVillers & Jennifer Roy at Bildungsroman LeUyen Pham at Finding Wonderland

Interview: Charles Benoit


Welcome to the Winter Blog Blast Tour, 2010 edition! Charles Benoit is the author of You (Harper Teen, 2010). It is his debut young adult novel; his previous novels are adult mysteries: Relative Danger (Poisoned Pen Press, 2004), Out of Order (Poisoned Pen Press, 2006), Noble Lies (Poisoned Pen Press, 2007). From my review of […]

Winter Blog Blast Tour, Tuesday

Today’s schedule! Don’t forget to head over to Chasing Ray for direct URLs and interview highlights. Tuesday, December 7 B.A. Binns at The Happy Nappy Bookseller Daisy Whitney at Bildungsroman Adam Gidwitz at Fuse Number 8 Salley Mavor at Seven Impossible Things Josh Berk at Finding Wonderland

Interview: Paolo Bacigalupi


Welcome to the Winter Blog Blast Tour, 2010 edition! Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of Ship Breaker (Little, Brown, 2010) (National Book Awards finalist) and The Windup Girl (Night Shade Books, 2009) (Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novel). His short stories are available in Pump Six and Other Stories (Night Shade Books, 2008). The […]

How To Make Lots Of Money In Five Easy Steps

Just send me $5.00 and I will share the secret! In James Frey: Young Adult Author, my previous post about Frey’s Full Fathom Five Young Adult Fiction Factory, I wrote about the lack of respect for young adult literature (and the readers) showed by James Frey and his factory writers. In the comments I added, “you […]