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Review: Solitary


Solitary: Escape From Furnace 2 by Alexander Gordon Smith. Sequel to Lockdown. Farrar Straus Giroux. 2010. The Plot: At the end of Lockdown, Alex and his friends escaped the underground prison, Furnace, by blowing up a wall and throwing themselves into an underground river. Alex knew it wouldn’t be easy to escape Furnace. What he […]

Fab Films: Policies and Procedures

The start of the Fab Films Policies and Procedures: Membership: 9, including Chair, plus an administrative assistant, if requested by the chair, and an editor from the Audio-Visual Section of Booklist to serve as consultant. Qualifications: YALSA members who have experience selecting and evaluating films for a young adult audience and who must be able […]

Review: The Girls of No Return


The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Lida, sixteen, has been sent by her father and stepmother to the Alice Marshall School in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. Alice Marshall isn’t a school that […]

Guest Post at the Hub

Last week, I was  a guest blogger at YALSA’s The Hub. My post: One Book, Many Lists. Here’s the opening of that post: “I’m fascinated by list crossover. The ones I usually look for are the ones that are on both the YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults (“both good quality literature and appealing reading for […]

Changes to the YALSA Website

Some changes are afoot at the YALSA website, particularly, who can access certain information and how. It looks like it’s a work in progress. At the moment, if you go to the YALSA website, and click on the menu item Book Awards and Booklists, instead of getting any information about the awards and lists, there […]


Frankenstein chapter by chapter reading, continued. Confused? Read my introduction post; chapters I to III; chapters IV to VII; chapters I to IV. Chapter V Wait, there is something new! Someone new! A pretty woman is visiting! An Arabian named Safie! This was totally not in the movies! Or if it was I don’t remember! For […]

Some More Awards

A few different finalist lists have been announced! Edgar Awards The Edgar Awards are presented by the Mystery Writers of America. The 2012 Edgar Award Nominees for Young Adult: Shelter by Harlan Coben (Penguin Young Readers Group – G.P. Putnam’s Sons) The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Penguin Young Readers Group – G.P. Putnam’s […]

TV Review: Once Upon A Time


Once Upon A Time. ABC, Sundays at 8 EST. The Plot: Fairy tales are real; Fairy Tale Land is real. An evil curse attacked the land and the people, and they all now live in Storybrooke, Maine, unaware of their “real” lives. One person, young Henry — born in our world — is aware of […]

Fab Films

This year, I’m on the committee for the YALSA selection list, Fabulous Films for Young Adults (“Fab Films”). What is Fab Films about? “Each year, the Fabulous Films for Young Adults committee selects a list of films around a theme that will appeal to young adults in a variety of library settings. Titles will be selected […]

Review: The Way We Fall


The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe. Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group. 2012. Review from ARC from publisher. The Plot: It begins with a cough. A sneeze. An itch. A fever. Then, strange behaviour. Finally, death. Of course, when it begins, when the first handful of people get sick on the island, sixteen […]