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Review: The List


The List by Siobhan Vivian. PUSH, an imprint of Scholastic. 2012. Review copy from PLA. The Plot:  Mount Washington High School has a tradition: each year, before Homecoming, a list is made. The four prettiest girls in school, one in each grade. And the four ugliest girls, one in each grade. This year’s anointed pretty […]

Review: After Etan


After Etan: The Missing Child Case That Held America Captive by Lisa R. Cohen. Grand Central Publishing. 2009. Personal copy. It’s About: The May 25, 1979, disappearance of Etan Patz, age six. The Good: Of course I remember it: little boy walking to the bus stop disappears. I was almost thirteen: old enough to remember, young enough […]

Flashback April 2010

As I explained earlier this week, I’m beginning a new feature. As a brief recap, I’m going to be highlighting reviews from past years. So now, flashback to April 2010! Passing By by Yona Tepper, illustrated by Gil-Ly Alon Curiel, translated by Dr. Deborah Guthman. Kane Miller, 2010. Picture book. From my review: “Yael is […]

Review: Catch and Release


Catch & Release by Blythe Woolston. Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. 2012. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Polly Furnas had her whole life planned out. The Plan: marry Bridger Morgan. College and a career and babies. Money saved from her part-time job and three (yes, three) […]

Fab Films: Distribution of the List

More from the policies and procedures for YALSA’s Fabulous Films Committee. From the YALSA Website: Distribution of the List: It is YALSA’s aim to achieve as wide a distribution of the list as possible. The list will be made available to the library press through ALA’s Public Information Office. It will be sent to Booklist […]

Review: Ripper


Ripper by Stefan Petrucha. Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: An action adventure steampunk Jack the Ripper mystery set in New York City! New York City, 1895. Carver Young, 14, is living in Ellis Orphanage. He loves mystery stories, and the biggest mystery of […]

Flashback Reviews

I’m going to be starting something new later this week: flashback reviews. One thing about readers — a “new” book isn’t a book that was just published. It’s a book that is “new” to them. Most of my reviews are for newer books; and I was thinking about ways to highlight “older” books. My idea? […]

Diana Wynne Jones


Last March, Diana Wynne Jones passed away. Bristol (where she lived for many years) is planning a celebration of her life and work. Also in celebration, a blog tour has been organized by Sharyn November/Firebird with help from Greenwillow and Harper UK, her major US/UK publishers. I did not have the honor of meeting her; but […]

Review: The Girl in the Park


The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks. Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from NetGalley. The Plot: Sunday morning, at 7:16 in the morning, Rain is woken up by a phone call from Wendy Geller’s mother. Wendy’s mother sounds […]

Fab Films: Creation of the List

From the YALSA Website: Creation of the List: Committee members are encouraged to nominate and view titles prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting and to discuss those titles on the committee discussion list.  All selection decisions for the YALSA Fabulous Films for Young Adults List will be finalized at the annual Midwinter Meeting. Members must […]