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Review: Death Sentence


Death Sentence. Escape From Furnace 3, by Alexander Gordon Smith. Farrar Straus Giroux. 2011. Review copy from publisher. Sequel to Lockdown and Solitary. The Plot: The third book of the teenage prison break series, Escape From Furnace, finds Alex and his friends trapped in the underground prison, Furnace Penitentiary. Alex’s second attempt at escape brought him tantalizing close […]

A Wrinkle In Time


It’s Sunday. Cat pictures are allowed. In which Miles wonders how he got into the bag, and if a tesseract was involved.  

Bone V Norvelt

School Library Journal Battle of the Books, Round 1, Match 4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone v Dead End in Norvelt. Judge: Sara Zarr As I half-guessed, Zarr is a fan of realistic fiction. Which, as I read her decision, made me think, “oh no,” especially when her critique included critical analysis. And, honestly, when Zarr […]

Review: Frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. 1818. Norton Critical Edition, W. W. Norton & Co., 1995, personal copy. Norton Critical Edition, Second Edition, W.W. Norton & Co., 2011, review copy from publisher. (Thank you to W.W. Norton & Co., who after learning about this project, sent me the newest edition). The Plot:  Young Victor Frankenstein discovers the […]

Cheshire v Chime

School Library Journal Battle of the Books, Round 1, Match 3. The Cheshire Cheese Cat v Chime. Judge: Sy Montgomery Well, buy me a cupcake and call me Aunt Martha, but I did not see that coming. I loved Chime but knew it wasn’t for everyone. I am happy as can be that Montgomery shares […]

Review: Ready Player One


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House. 2011. Random House Audio. 2011. Narrated by Wil Wheaton. Listened to audiobook from library. Holiday Reads (Here at Tea Cozy, holiday reads aren’t books about holidays; they’re grown up books for grown up readers to indulge in over the holidays. And […]

Between v Bootleg

School Library Journal Battle of the Books, Round 1, Match 2. Between Shades of Gray v Bootleg. Judge: Gayle Forman. See what happens when you flip a coin? When you’re not gutsy enough to take a stand? I zigged and guessed Bootleg, but Forman zagged and chose Between Shades of Gray. Both are good books. […]

Welcome, Sophie!

Sophie Brookover is now one of the bloggers over at Someday My Printz Will Come. I’ve been friends with Sophie since forever; we wrote Pop Goes the Library together. I can’t wait to see her commentary on this year’s crop of books!

Lost v Ghost

School Library Journal Battle of the Books Round 1, Match 1: Amelia Lost v. Anya’s Ghost. Judge: Matt Phelan My prediction: Amelia Lost. And guess what? AMELIA WON, BABY. Yes, as I predicted guessed, Phelan picked Amelia Lost. Phelan spoke highly about both books. What was it that pushed Amelia on to the next round? “Amelia […]

Fab Films: Audience and Eligibility

I’m on the YALSA Fabulous Films Committee this year, and am in the midst of a series taking a closer look at the procedures and policies for that committee. From the YALSA Website: Audience: The list is a collection development tool for librarians and others serving diverse young adults ages twelve through eighteen. Eligibility: To […]