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Review: You Are My Only

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You Are My Only by Beth Kephart. Egmont USA. 2011. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Sophie, 14, is protected by her mother: home-schooled, cautioned against leaving the house, moving often go keep themselves away from the No Good. In their latest rented home, Sophie looks out the attic window and sees a boy and [...]

Wait, how old are the parents?!?

There are a few landmarks in adults reading young adult books. The point where the reader is older than the teens in the book, usually by a few years. The point where the reader is the same age as the parents. The PARENTS. Sarah Couri at Someday My Printz Will Come touched on this area [...]

Review: Substitute Creacher

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Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall. Little, Brown. 2011. Reviewed from F&G from publisher. The Plot: Substitute teacher day! The children in Mrs. Jenkins’s class think they know what that means. Fun, games, pranks. They don’t expect… a Substitute Creacher instead of a Substitute Teacher. The Good: I know, I concentrate on books for ages twelve [...]

Cybils Nominations

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It’s Cybils Season! The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. For full information, go to the Cybils website. In a nutshell: these are awards given each year by bloggers to the best children’s and young adult books. There are multiple categories, based on genre and age. There are two sets of panels: the first round judges [...]

Review: Imaginary Girls

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Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. Dutton Books, a member of Penguin. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Two years ago, Chloe and her older sister Ruby were at a party at the reservoir. Dares and drinking, one thing leads to another, and Chloe’s classmate London Hayes is dead and Chloe leaves town, leaves [...]

Here Comes The Printz

Or, rather, here comes the blog speculating about the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. A big welcome to SLJ’s newest blog, Someday My Printz Will Come by Sarah Couri and Karyn Silverman. Couri and Silverman have both served on Printz committees; they’ve begun their blog with a detailed examination of [...]

Review: Uncommon Criminals

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Uncommon Criminals: a Heist Society Novel by Ally Carter. Disney-Hyperion Books. 2011. Personal copy. Sequel to Heist Society. The Plot: Kat Bishop, 15 (the teen thief introduced in Heist Society) returns with a new criminal caper. Last time around, Kat was the girl who left, who tried (and failed) to get out of the family business. This [...]

KidLitCon 2011, Part V

Finessing Your Inner Zoo by Richard Jesse Watson. Watson had a tough job: the post-lunch session! Watson did this by starting off with some pig stories. No, really. Not only did it wake us up and engage us, it also demonstrated the use of voice — and isn’t blogging about finding one’s voice, sharing that [...]