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Round One: Dreamer v Barbie

Match: The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan v The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie by Tanya Lee Stone Judge: Barry Lyga Leave it to Barry Lyga to literally argue with himself. No, really. Barry-A and Barry-B duked it out. And then, blamed the librarians for having to make a decision. It’s not so easy, is it, Barry-A […]

YALSA Elections

YALSA’s Election Slate (from the YALSA blog and webpage), annotated with blogs and twitter handles. Also, I’m only putting up blogs & twitter that I know people use professionally; I don’t want to put up something that seems more personal unless that person leaves a note here saying it’s OK. If I’ve missed something, let […]

Round One: Kings v Countdown

Match: A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (my review) v Countdown by Deborah Wiles (my review). Judge: Dana Reinhardt I know it was you, Dana. You broke my heart. You broke my heart. With that out of the way, yay for Dana Reinhardt for having an opinion and owning it. If yesterday’s takeaway for bloggers was […]

Round One: Earth v Cardturner

And the games have begun! The School Library Journal Battle of the Books game, that is. Match:  As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins v The Cardturner by Louis Sachar Judge: Francisco X. Stork Stork judges the way I blog, starting out with just how many things he likes […]

Review: Shadowed Summer


Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House. 2009. Review copy from publisher. Book website. The Plot: Iris and her best friend, Collette, are fourteen. It’s summer, a hot, humid Louisiana summer; the last summer of childhood. They play some of the make believe games of their childhood, but this year […]

What a Great Message!

Or, not. Do you like books with messages? Personally, I’m not a fan of message books. I read books for the story, preferably strong, believable characters or an interesting plot. I also adore detailed world-building, amusing dialogue, strong settings, and descriptive writing. I don’t read to be taught a lesson, but I do like to […]

Review: Rosie and Skate


Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman. Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House. 2009. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Rosie, 15, and Skate, 16, are left alone in a falling-down Victorian when their dad, a drunk, serves three and a half months for shoplifting.  Their cousin Angie moves in to help out. Rosie, the […]

YA Mafia

Oh, YA Mafia. I cannot quit you. Want to lose the next few hours, or even days, in reading blog posts and comments? That appear to be about one thing yet spirals off into many other conversations? That is about everything from young adult authors to reviewers to critical reviews? With a side twist of […]

Ebooks and Libraries

It’s been a busy week, both with what’s been going on online as well as real life. There are a few things about which I’d love to write long, well thought out, brilliant posts, yet, alas, I don’t have the time it would require. As an aside to bloggers and readers out there — if someone doesn’t […]

Review: The Queen of Water


The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: At age seven, Virginia, an indigenas living in an Andean village in Ecuador, is taken from her family to be a servant of a mestizo couple. Her parents, poor tenant […]