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Battle of the Books

School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books quickly approaches! What is Battle of the Books? It pits sixteen books against each other in a winner-take-all battle. Fiction goes up against nonfiction, fantasy takes on historical fiction, as judges read two books, weigh them carefully, and determine which is the weightier book that deserves to advance to the next round. Two […]

Review: Tales from Outer Suburbia


Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic. 2009. Borrowed copy. All ages. It’s About: Illustrated short stories, set in the familiar world of the suburbs. Only, not so much. The Good: Each of these short stories takes place in the suburbs, but for each there is something […]

Sydney Taylor Blog Tour Round Up

Last week was the 2011 Sydney Taylor Blog Tour. The blog of the Association of Jewish Libraries, People of the Books, has daily round ups of the tour with quotes and links to the blog tour stops: Tour Day 1: Carla Jablonski, author of Resistance (Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category); Leland Purvis, illustrator of […]

2011 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

The 2011 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers was announced at Midwinter. The charge for this list is to select titles for “reluctant young adult readers,” who are defined as people who for “whatever reasons, do not like to read.” Any of you who are members of the CCBC Net listserv know that “reluctant readers” […]

Review: House of Dolls


House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block, illustrated by Barbara McClintock. Harper Collins. 2010. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. Middle grade. The Plot: Dolls Wildflower, Rockstar, and Miss Selene live together in their house, which was first owned by Madison Blackberry’s grandmother. The three dolls are happy enough, with Wildflower’s boyfriend Guy and Rockstar’s B. […]

Interview: Dana Reinhardt

Welcome Dana Reinhardt, author of the The Things a Brother Knows (my review), the Winner of the Sydney Taylor Award for Teen Readers! Dana is here as part of the Sydney Taylor Award Blog Tour, arranged by the Association of Jewish Librarians. A full schedule of the week-long tour is at AJL’s blog, People of the Books. […]

Review: The Things a Brother Knows


The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt. Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House. 2010. Review copy from publisher. 2011 Sydney Taylor Award for Teen Readers. The Plot: Three years ago, Levi Katznelson’s older brother Boaz surprised his family and friends by announcing that rather than going to college, he was joining the […]

Film Review: Arranged


 Arranged. Cicala Filmworks. 2007. Not rated. The Plot: Rochel and Nasira are two beginning teachers at a New York City public school. Rochel is an Orthodox Jew; Nasira, a Muslim. Slowly, the realize how much they share: traditional lifestyles, modest dress, close families, and arranged marriages. The Good: Such a sweet, lovely film! An excellent […]

The Power of Lists

I was going to make the Popular Paperbacks post my example of why lists matter, but then I realized it would be buried in a post about one list. I was going to wait until after my state Young Adult Services Section  had finished all its deliberations about the Garden State Teen Book Award lists, but […]

2011 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

Today begins the 2011 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour! (My post on the 2011 Sydney Taylor Book Award). As explained in the AJL Blog, People of the Books, “The Sydney Taylor Book Award will be celebrating and showcasing its 2011 gold and silver medalists with a Blog Tour, February 6-11, 2011! Interviews with winning […]