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Review: Red Glove


Red Glove (The Curse Workers, Book Two) by Holly Black. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. Sequel to White Cat, which you really should read first. The Plot: For most high school seniors, the big question is what elite college to go to and what […]



Inkpop is “an online community that connects up-and-coming authors with talent spotters and publishing professionals in the teen market. Each month, HarperCollins editors read inkpop’s most popular submissions in hopes of discovering the next big thing in teen lit. The best inkpop writers have the potential to land every author’s dream: a publishing contract. inkpop […]

Review: You Killed Wesley Payne


You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin. Little, Brown. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Dalton Rev, 17, looks like just another transfer student to Salt River High. Except, he’s not. He’s working a job; he’s there to find out who killed Wesley Payne. Dalton, who has adopted the Lexington Cole pulp noir […]

Excellence In Nonfiction

nonfic winner

I am on the current committee for YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about this award. What is this award? “The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – […]

New York Library Association

File under “blatant self promotion.” On April 29th, I will be giving the keynote for the New York Library Association YSS Spring Conference! More at the brochure. I will be talking about about what the future of libraries and youth services might hold – linked to “Pop Goes the Library”. (Further blatant self promotion: along with […]

Review: White Cat


White Cat (The Curse Workers, Book One) by Holly Black. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2010. Review copy from publisher. Also listened to the audiobook version, copy from the library. The Plot: For Cassel Sharpe, 17, life is about family, curses, and the con. His family is full of curse workers — […]


News happens fast and furious on the Internet. I’m writing this post Tuesday night and by the time this posts on Wednesday morning, who knows what may have changed? I’ve been following the Jessica Verday tweets and blog posts about the non-inclusion of one of her short stories in an anthology because the story included […]

Big Kahuna

Match: Keeper v The Ring of Solomon  v A Conspiracy of Kings Judge: Richard Peck And now, it comes down to this. Three books enter, one book leaves. Who. will. win? Better yet — why? Why will one book be selected over another? Peck brings both humor and insight to his judging: “We seem to have awakened into a new […]

Conspiracy Rising From the Dead!

YES! Oh. No. This means I have no idea who to cheer for: Bartimaeus or Gen.

Round Three: Solomon v Trash

Match: The Ring of Solomon (my review) v. Trash Judge: Karen Cushman Cushman has wonderful things to say about Trash, calling it a “marvelous story of trust, resilience, perseverance, friendship, and ultimately hope.” Cushman then examines…. Oh, forget it. I have tried to be clever and coy by not revealing what the judges pick for […]