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Sometimes, I Read Grown Up Books

And, also, sometimes I read grown up book blogs. Last week, my state had an Adult Services Forum, No Turning Back: Moving Forward In the Digital Age. I was on a panel Reading Bytes: Online Resources for Readers’ Advisory along with Yvonne Selander, Readers’ Services Librarian, Bridgewater Library, NJ; Joanne Cronin, Readers’ Services Librarian, Morris County [...]

Review: Full Dark, No Stars

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Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King. Scribner. 2010. Personal copy. Part of my “holiday reads” for grown ups. What better Halloween author than Stephen King? The Plot: Four stories. In 1922, a man who loves his farm decides that his wife is what stands between him and a happy life farming. He involves his son, and winds [...]

Review: Okay For Now

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Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt. Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. Companion to The Wednesday Wars. The Plot: Doug Swieteck and family have just moved to upstate New York. His abusive, drunk of a father mouthed off to his boss and got fired. The family packs up what [...]

Review: Shine

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Shine by Lauren Myracle. Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams. 2011. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: “Stunned residents of Black Creek, North Carolina, pray for seventeen-year-old Patrick Truman, beaten and left for dead outside the convenience store where he works.” Patrick is, no, was, Cat’s best friend. Three years ago, something happened and Cat [...]

So I Flipped To The Back of the Book…

So, I’m reading Lauren Myracle’s Shine and I do something — Well. To some, something unforgivable. You see, there was something happening in the book and, well, I couldn’t wait. I had to know whether someone was going to be OK. So I flipped to the back of the book, skimmed a little, got the answer [...]

Review: Guardian of the Dead

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Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey. Little, Brown. 2010. Personal copy. The Plot: Ellie Spencer, 17, literally runs into her crush Mark Nolan one day and he says two things that will change her world. “I like your laugh” and “do you know what you are?” Ellie’s world at her Christchurch, New Zealand boarding school [...]

Review: The Fox Inheritance

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The Fox Inheritance. Mary E. Pearson. Henry Holt & Co. 2011. Review copy from publisher. Audiobook from Macmillan Audio. Narrated by Matthew Brown. 2011. Review copy from publisher. Book 2 of the Jenna Fox Chronicles. The Plot: Jenna. Locke. Kara. Three teenage friends who did everything together. Including died together. Well, at least their bodies died; [...]

Lauren Myracle Shines

 Lauren Myracle has withdrawn her book, Shine,  from the National Book Awards: “In a statement issued by her publisher, Myracle wrote that she “was asked to withdraw by the National Book Foundation to preserve the integrity of the award and the judges’ work.”  Via the LA Times Arts Beat blog. Also via the LA Times: “The [...]

So Much Fun

So many articles, so little time. From about a week ago: Maria Tatar at the New York Times, with No More Adventures in Wonderland: “But the savagery we offer children today is more unforgiving than it once was, and the shadows are rarely banished by comic relief. Instead of stories about children who will not [...]

National Book Awards

I have become the type of person that, when the National Book Award Finalists are announced, I have to read them all. OK, not all-all. I mean the Young People’s Literature Finalists. This year, there are six titles. Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc. ). My review. My Name [...]