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No Flying, No Tights

There are a handful of young adult/children’s lit book bloggers out there so original, they predate blogs. Some may say they aren’t “bloggers”. They were writing online, reviewing online, doing it because they had something they wanted to say — just like bloggers. Thing is, they did it without the benefit of blogging software. They kicked […]

Review: Flesh and Blood So Cheap


Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin. Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 2011. Review copy from publisher. It’s About: The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, that resulted in the deaths of 146 women. Marrin places the Fire within the context of the immigration […]

TV: Revenge


Revenge, on ABC, is my favorite new show this season.  It’s on Wednesday night, at 10 p.m. The Plot: Emily Thorne has just moved into a beach house at the Hamptons. Just another rich young woman looking to have fun in the sun with fellow wealthy people, right? Wrong. Seventeen years ago, Emily was Amanda […]

Review: My Name Is Not Easy


My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson. Marshall Cavendish. 2011. Reviewed from copy from publisher. The Plot: September, 1960, and brothers Luke, 12, Bunna, 10, and Isaac, 6,  are on their way to the Sacred Heart School. Luke is not his real Inupiaq name, but that name has sounds that white people find hard to […]

Why That Book

When awards and honors and lists are announced, I sometimes haven’t read the books. I read a lot; I tend to like the kinds of books that get awards and on lists; and I like to predict what will be on the lists. So, it makes sense that often I’ve already read the books on […]

Review: Inside Out and Back Again


Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. HarperCollins. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Saigon, 1975. Ha is ten, the youngest (and only daughter) in her family. While the war has touched her life — her parents fled North Vietnam years ago; her father has been missing for years — Ha is a […]