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Review: Picture the Dead

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Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown. Sourcebooks. 2010. Paperback, 2012. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Jennie Lovell’s loved ones left to fight in the Civil War: her twin brother, Tobias; her fiance and cousin, Will Pritchett; and her other cousin, Quinn, Will’s brother. She knew the moment Toby died: could feel it. [...]

Reading Alone Together

I confess, part of me laughs when people talk about social reading. There are, no doubt, things that are social that take place after reading. The discussions that arise about the books we read, whether in a real-life book discussion group or GoodReads, at a blog or in Twitter — that’s all social. But, to [...]

Interview: Kirsten Hubbard

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I read Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc. 2012) (my review) and fell in love, with the book, the writing, the characters, and travelling. I’ve always like going places, but Wanderlove just reinvigorated that love, as well as reminding me to open my eyes to [...]

Fictional Band at Your Library

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My friend, super librarian Justin the Librarian, told me about Fictional Band at Your Library. There’s a new book coming out this summer, Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham (Simon & Schuster, 2012): “3 ex-best friends drive from Boston to Austin to catch the reunion concert of Indie band, Level3.  Is Level3 a real band?  They [...]

Flashback April 2005

In April 2005, I had exactly one review! The review that started it all! Unexpected Development by Marlene Perez. From my review: ”Perez’s novel is funny, touching, and serious. The book’s framing device is an essay she’s writing in Senior Honors English: “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” (Megan agrees with you that it is a very [...]

Flashback April 2007

A look at what books I reviewed in April 2007: Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hanna Jansen, Jeanne d’Arc Umubyeyi. Translated by Elizabeth D. Crawford. Young Adult. My review: “A work of fiction about the Rwandan Genocide; based on what happened to the author’s adopted daughter, who at age eight survived [...]

Teaser: The Stone Girl

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. Knopf Books for Younger Readers, an imprint of Random House. 2012. Reviewed from eArc from NetGalley. The Stone Girl’s scheduled publication date is this summer, but I just finished reading it and I cannot wait to share some of my love here. Hence, a teaser for the full [...]

Fab Films: Criteria

What should committee members be thinking about when watching the films? From the YALSA Website, Suggested Selection Criteria Technical Qualities Is the photography effective and imaginative? (e.g. choice and handling of visuals, composition, color, focus, exposure, special effects). Is the sound acceptable? (e.g. good fidelity and synchronization, realistic sound effects, relevant interplay between sound track [...]

Review: Fire and Hemlock

Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones. Firebird, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA). Reissue 2012. Original publication date: 1985 (Greenwillow Books). Personal copy. Part of the Diana Wynne Jones Blog Tour. The Celebrate Diana Wynne Jones Tumblr. The full tour schedule. The Plot: Polly Whittacker, 19, is packing for college when she begins to [...]

Today’s Blog Blow Up

It’s all rather confusing, actually. Sarah at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books explains at Plagiarism and The Story Siren allegations of blogger plagiarism. The Story Siren is a very well known blogger; I’ve mentioned one of her most popular series, In My Mailbox. I’m not going to rehash what Sarah says; she includes links and images, [...]