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2011 Popular Paperbacks

Popular Paperbacks is a YALSA Selection Committee that in my humble opinion needs a better name to reflect just how awesome it is. Because when I heard this name, at first, I thought, OK, it’s a list about popular titles…in paperback. Well, that is only half the answer. The more important half of the answer it […]

Review: Nothing


Nothing by Janne Teller, translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken. Atheneum Books for Younger Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2010. Originally published in Danish as Intet in 2000. Personal copy. The Plot: On the first day of school, Pierre Anthon announces to his classmates, “Nothing matters. I’ve know that for a long […]

100 Young Adult Books for the the Feminist Reader

A booklist of “young adult books” for the “feminist reader” was put together on the website of the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. For those of you in Portland, Oregon, the organization actually has a real lending library. Some of the website posts are particularly about that library and books. A typical post […]

2011 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, like the Morris Award, announces a shortlist of up to five titles about six weeks before the ALA Midwinter Meeting. At Midwinter, the winner is announced and the other titles on the shortlist are Honor titles. The Committee releases its Vetted Nominations List. With the removal of […]

Review: The Piper’s Son

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The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. Candlewick. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Tom was aiming for oblivion and he got it. Along with ten stitches, and a concussion, and Francesca Spinelli, who used to be his friend, staring at him in the hospital room, staring not in judgment, but worse, with compassion and […]