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Interview with Alyssa B. Sheinmel for the Summer Blog Blast Tour

Welcome to day 5 of the 2011 Summer Blog Blast Tour! Today we have Alyssa B. Sheinmel, author of two of my favorite books, The Lucky Kind (Knopf, 2011) and The Beautiful Between (Knopf, 2010). From my review of The Lucky Kind: “Nick Brandt, 16, doesn’t know that answering the phone will shake up his world. A […]

Interview with Micol Ostow for the Summer Blog Blast Tour

Welcome to the Summer Blog Blast Tour! Today’s interview: Micol Ostow, author of family (Egmont USA, 2011). Ostow is the author of numerous books, including Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa (Razorbill, 2006) and So Punk Rock: And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother (Flux, 2009). From my review of family: “Melinda Jensen is seventeen, lost […]

Summer Blog Blast Tour, Day 3

Day 3 of the Summer Blog Blast Tour! Chasing Ray has the round up, direct urls and quotes from the various interviews. Today’s interviews: Sarah Stevenson at Chasing Ray Emily Howse at Bildungsroman Ashley Hope-Perez at The Happy Nappy Bookseller Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich at Hip Writer Mama

Fanfiction FTW

Fanfiction for the win! Fanfiction gets the TIME treatment in The Boy Who Lived Forever by Lev Grossman (thanks to Michelle at GalleySmith for telling me about the article.) How much do I love that he begins the story of modern fanfic not with Star Trek but with The Man From U.N.C.L.E? (Oh, Ilya Kuryakin . . […]

Summer Blog Blast Tour, Day 2

Chasing Ray has links and excerpts from all of today’s Summer Blog Blast Tour participants! Today’s line up: Sean Beaudoin at Chasing Ray Neesha Meminger at The Happy Nappy Bookseller Rachel Karns at Bildungsroman

Summer Blog Blast Tour, Day 1

And it’s the Summer Blog Blast Tour 2011! New to the Blog Blast Tour? Twice a year, during one week, children’s and young adult book bloggers interview a mix of authors. Each day, Chasing Ray will have highlights from each interview, along with direct URLs. In addition, the participating bloggers link and cross link to the various blogs […]

More, More, More

Let’s see if I can at least round up some of the continuing Gurdon / Wall Street Journal / YA Saves posts. Honestly, when I first read Gurdon’s second piece (opinion, My ‘Reprehensible’ Take on YA Literature) I wasn’t even going to link to it because a, I assumed if you’d read the first, you’d […]

Oh, You L’Engle Men

With ALA over, I was playing catch up with my blog reader and Twitter to see what I’d missed while in New Orleans. And I missed men. Namely, L’Engle men. Sarah Rettger of Archimedes Forgets has been doing a series on the men in the novels of Madeleine L’Engle, starting with Paul Laurens from And Both […]

Review: My Misadventures As A Teenage Rock Star


My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star by Joyce Raskin, illustrated by Carol Chu. Graphia, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2011. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Who Alex is: “I’m fourteen years old. I’m a rock star.” Who Alex was: “Alex, short for Alexis. She’s a short, pasty, shy, greasy-haired kid with a face […]

Don’t Miss SYNC Summer 2011!

Do you like listening to YA audiobooks? Or do you know someone who does? Then you need to check out SYNC‘s Summer 2011. What is SYNC Summer 2011? As explained at its webpage, “SYNC offers FREE audiobook downloads of Young Adult audiobooks and Summer Reading Classics this summer! Watch for a new pair of audiobooks each […]