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Review: Shelter


Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel by Harlan Coben. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. 2011. Library copy. An Edgar Nominee. The Plot: Mickey Bolitar is fifteen; his father is dead, his mother is in rehab, and he’s living with his Uncle Myron, someone he barely knows. Mickey is adjusting to his […]

Marchetta Madness at Chachic’s Book Nook


Readers of this blog know how much I love Melina Marchetta’s books. You know what I love almost as much as I love her books? Reading how other people love her books. Chachic’s Book Nook just wrapped up Marchetta Madness, so you can do what I did this weekend: go, read, and nod in agreement over […]

Amelia v Shades

 School Library Journal Battle of the Books, Round 2, Match 1. Amelia Lost v Between Shades of Gray. Judge: Marc Aronson The nonfiction versus historical fiction round! Aronson evaluates both books on their merits; noting what they did and did not do. Like other judges, he’s not afraid to point out what he sees as […]

Now v Wonderstruck

School Library Journal Battle of the Books, Round 1, Match 8. Okay for Now v Wonderstruck. Judge: Jeff Kinney Jeff Kinney is an audiobook reader! Who knew! These are the types of gems that make SLJsBob so much fun. Just as important is Kinney’s handy-dandy list of what to look at when deciding between two […]

Critical Essays on Frankenstein, Part 1

The Norton Editions (original and second edition) have essays and other materials about Frankenstein. I enjoyed reading them; it reminded me what I liked about school. Yes, I’m the type of person who likes school. Here are my scattered thoughts and reactions about some of those essays from the 1995 Critical edition. Shelley’s Preface: The […]

Life v Monster

School Library Journal Battle of the Books, Round 1, Match 7. Life: An Exploded Diagram v A Monster Calls. Judge: Lauren Myracle I. can’t. even. (Which, by the way, is this year’s “awesome” or “literally” in terms of phrases I use way too much and for every occasion.) Really? Really? Myracle picked one of my […]

Soul v Inside

School Library Journal Battle of the Books, Round 1, Match 6. Heart and Soul v Inside Out and Back Again. Judge: Sarah Weeks How can you not love a judge who nails exactly what is being asked of them? “My job would not be to decide which book was better than the other, but rather […]

Memory v Fix

School Library Journal Battle of the Books, Round 1, Match 5. Drawing From Memory v The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. Judge: Barbara O’Connor For no reason whatsoever, I had guessed that O’Connor would select The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. In talking about the books, O’Connor notes what didn’t quite work for her. Which […]

Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post


The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth. Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. 2012. Reviewed from copy from publisher. Edited to add: Morris Finalist. The Plot: When Cameron Post’s parents die in a car crash, Cameron is left to be raised by her mother’s sister and father’s mother. On the day her parents […]

Fab Films: Nomination Process

Continuing a look at the Fab Films Committee, from the YALSA Website: Nomination Process: The nomination period runs from the end of ALA Midwinter to December 1 of the same year. Nomination forms will be available from the YALSA Web page. Titles may be nominated by committee members as well as from the field. Field […]