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My Sister, My Daughter

Sometimes, as bloggers, we have different hats that are not quite “either” sister “or” daughter. One can be both! (Quick, who gets the movie reference?) Lenore at Presenting Lenore is a book blogger whose debut novel, Level Two, is being published by Simon & Schuster BFYR in 2012. This brings about the dilemma: can one be an author AND a […]

Review: The Returning


The Returning by Christine Hinwood. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher from ALA conference. The Plot: A young man comes home from war, returning to the small village he left as a boy. At first it seems that only Cam Attling, missing an arm, has been changed by the […]

Review: The Map of My Dead Pilots


The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska by Colleen Mondor. Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. An adult nonfiction title, this is part of my “Holiday Reads” series; adult books to read and enjoy over the holiday. It’s About:  The myths […]

Review: Carter’s Big Break


Carter’s Big Break by Brent Crawford. Hyperion. 2010. Brilliance Audiobook. 2011. Narrated by Nick Podehl. Reviewed from audiobook from Brilliance. The Plot: Will Carter survived his freshman year — he’s got his friends, he’s got his girl, and he even passed all his classes. Sweet! What could be sweeter? How about starring in a movie? […]

Reading Books

As some of you may know (or have guessed), I love books, I love to read, and I love the role that libraries and librarians serve in the lives of readers. One of my pet peeves (I have so many I should run a zoo) is when that role isn’t recognized or is downplayed. Sometimes […]

Review: Saving June


Saving June by Hannah Harrington. Harlequin Teen. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Nine days before her high school graduation, Harper Scott’s older sister June commits suicide. Harper, 16, doesn’t understand. June was the good, popular, nice sister; Harper is the unmotivated disappointment. Harper’s family is no help: her father is with his […]

Review: The Piper’s Son


Today the One Shot World Book Tour is: Book City! The list of participating blogs is over at Chasing Ray. I’ve chosen a city I’ve never been to, but, because of the author’s books, I feel like I have: Sydney, Australia, as depicted in Melina Marchetta’s book, most recently, The Piper’s Son. So, here is my […]

Review: The Future of Us


The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. RazorBill, a member of Penguin Group. 2011. Reviewed from review copy from publisher. The Plot: It’s 1996 and Emma Nelson, 16, just got a new computer. She takes an AOL CD-ROM and downloads the program using dial up; a few hours later, she is on-line looking […]

Who Will Win?

November 16 is the National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City. On my bucket list: to one day attend. In the meanwhile, I’ll have fun following along on Twitter. First, a recap of the five nominated titles in the Young People’s Literature Category: Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, […]

Review: The Demon’s Surrender


The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2011. Book 3 in The Demon’s Lexicon Series. Book One: The Demon’s Lexicon; Book Two: The Demon’s Covenant. Reading anything after this point is spoilers for the rest of the series. Personal copy. The Plot: Sin and Mae […]