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Review: Real Live Boyfriends


Real Live Boyfriends (Yes, boyfriends, plural. If my life weren’t complicated, I wouldn’t be Ruby Oliver) by E. Lockhart. Delacorte, an imprint of Random House. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Ruby Oliver is now a senior and has a real! live! boyfriend! Everything is terrific, until Noel goes away to visit his brother […]

SLJ Day of Dialog


Not even a recap — I’m just going to link to those who did do a recap of the panel I moderated, Diversity in YA. A photo of the awesome panelists: That’s Cindy Pon (Fury of the Phoenix), Malinda Lo (Huntress), Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer) and Paul Griffin (Stay With Me). Paul Griffin’s terrific and […]

YALSA Nonfiction: Eligibility

This week, eligibility for the YALSA Nonfiction Award! Once again, this is from the YALSA website: “The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults shall be awarded annually to the best nonfiction title published for young adults during the preceding November 1 – October 31 year. The Award will be given to a […]

Bridget Zinn

Bridget Zinn died last week. She had been diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago. She was 33. Her first book, Poison, will be published in 2012 by Disney/Hyperion. It’s heartbreaking. Links: Bridget Zinn’s Facebook page and In Memory page Upstart Crow Literary, by Bridget’s agent Michael Stearns Jone MacCulloch,who organized the 2008 Kidlit Blogging Conference, […]

Review: An Incomplete Revenge


An Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear. Henry Holt. 2008. Macmillan Audio. 2008. Listened to audio borrowed from library. Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy. A holiday is coming up, so here’s a book for the grown ups. I’ve done this once or twice before, so just added the tag “holiday reads” to those […]

Review: Small As An Elephant


Small As An Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Candlewick. 2011. Brilliance Audio. 2011. Narrated by William Dufris. Reviewed from audio from Brilliance. The Plot: Jack Martel, 11, wakes up on his first day of vacation, hot and worried that he’s overslept. He struggles out of his tent, looks around the camp site and sees — […]

Spoil Me This

In my review of Divergent, I didn’t reveal a significant choice the main character, Tris, made early on in the book. When I linked to a review by Presenting Lenore, I said “Warning: slight spoiler there about what faction Tris selects. So don’t click if you don’t want to know; on the other hand, Tris […]

Review: Blood Magic


Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton. Random House. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Silla sits in the cemetery, a book of magic spells before her. Magic sounds crazy. Spells requiring blood sounds insane. For Silla, crazy and insane are words she takes seriously, ever since she came home to find the bodies of […]

YALSA Nonfiction: Calendar Part II

Now, to continue with the YALSA Nonfiction Committee Calendar, this time from July to January. Again, all the information is from the YALSA Website. July, August, September, October: “Committee reads, suggests and discusses titles [keeping in mind that only one book will be the winner].  Committee continues to nominate titles.” I like the reminder that only […]

Review: Memento Nora


Memento Nora by Angie Smibert. Marshall Cavendish. 2011. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Nora James, 15, was shopping with her mother when a nearby building exploded. She saw the body of a man, heard it hit the ground. Luckily for Nora, she doesn’t have to worry about bad memories and nightmares. All she has […]