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Yes, I Am!

Yes, I am reading YA lit. Over at In the Library with a Lead Pipe, Gretchen Kolderup asks (and answers) Are You Reading YA Lit? You Should Be. Kolderup (who blogs at Librarified) explains, “Outside of YA circles, I sometimes find myself having to justify my tastes to others. Yes, a lot of why I […]

I Read Twenty Boy Summer, Did You?

Two books have recently been removed from the Republic, Missouri High School curriculum and school library: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. See GalleyCat and the Christian Science Monitor for more information. While reading comments at newspapers can be painful, in the case of this it can be illuminating. […]

Review: Eona


Eona: The Last Dragoneye, The Sequel to Eon by Alison Goodman. Penguin Books. 2011. Performed by Nancy Wu. Brilliance Audio 2011. The Plot: Eona takes up where Eon left off (so, if you haven’t read Eon yet, spoilers!):  High Lord Sethon has declared himself Emperor and his nephew, Kygo, the rightful Pearl Emperor, is missing. […]

On the Red Carpet


If you weren’t able to attend the 2011 Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder, you can read the speeches in The Horn Book or Children & Libraries. Of course, part of the fun of the celebration is hearing the authors and illustrators. But part of the fun is also being able to meet fellow members of the children’s literature community. Thanks […]

And Then I Read The Book

I’ve been meaning to post about the recent news about Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian being “cleared for any grade level in Richland high schools.” (Richland School Board Reverses Course on Book Ban at The News Tribune). What I found interesting — and interesting enough to post about it so long after […]

YALSA Nonfiction: Honor Titles

Not that many policies left! The second to the last of the policies & procedures for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Adults is about Honor Title(s). From the YALSA website: “A short list of up to five Finalists will be announced during early December, with the winner announced during the following Midwinter Conference […]

Review: Texas Gothic


Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House. 2011. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Amy Goodnight’s summer job is taking care of her aunt’s Texas ranch while her hard working aunt goes on a vacation to China. Along with her older sister, Phin, they’re taking care of the dogs, the […]

Dewey, LOC, Color

In the real world, I have recently moved. I currently don’t own an ereader, but after packing and unpacking all those books, I want one just so I don’t have to pack so much next time! Of course, an ereader would only solve the problem of future books, not current books. My last major move […]

Review: What Happened to Goodbye


What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. Viking, an imprint of Penguin. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from ALA Midwinter. The Plot: Mclean has spent the last two years at four different high schools. At each one, she tries out a different personality: different name, different interests, different clothes.  The most recent move lands her at […]

YALSA Nonfiction: Final Voting

After a couple weeks off (4th of July, Summer Blog Blast Tour), back to the YALSA Nonfiction Award Policies and Procedures! We are almost at the end — this week, it’s Final Voting of Award Title. Hoe does the final voting take place? It’s simple; here is the procedure from the YALSA website: “Oral ballots […]