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Review: The Hidden Gallery


The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 2: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. 2011. Reviewed from copy from publisher. Sequel to The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling. The Plot: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: […]

Boys, Girls, Books

There is an interesting article at School Library Journal, School Library Builds “The Cave” to Attract Boy Readers. I could easily turn this into a tl;dr post about boys, girls, books, gendered reading, empowerment, equal opportunities, etc etc — but, well, that would become tl;dr. Plus, I’ve already commented (twice) at the original article, above. Here […]

Follow Up on Three Cups

Last April, I wrote about the allegations made about misstatements found in Greg Mortenson’s books and allegations about misuse of funds from his charities, both Central Asia Institute  (CAI) and Pennies for Peace. See: Three Cups of Pennies. The Montana Attorney General has concluded a year long investigation into Mortenson and CAI. The result? Financial mismanagement, with […]

Fab Films: Acquiring Titles for Screening

Continuing my examination of the rules and procedures for the YALSA Fabulous Films Committee: From the YALSA Website: Acquiring Titles for Screening: The administrative assistant will automatically assign a committee member to view titles that meet list criteria which are favorably reviewed in Booklist, School Library Journal, Science Books & Films, SLJ Directory of Current […]

Review: Pure


Pure by Julianna Baggott. Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group. 2012. 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.) Edited to add: Alex Award winner. The Plot: Pressa, almost sixteen, was only seven when […]

Review: Wanderlove


Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc. 2012. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: What better way to reinvent oneself than travel? Bria Sandoval, 18, does just that, following a bad break up and disappointing college decisions. Carefree travel, seeing new places, meeting new […]

Best of the Best Challenge at the Hub


Over at YALSA’s The Hub blog, the Best of the Best Challenge just started! From The Hub website: ” The 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge will begin at 12:01AM EST on Sunday, April 1. Once the challenge starts, you’ll have three months (until 11:59pm on Saturday, June 30) to read as many of the […]

Big Kahuna

School Library Journal Battle of Books, Big Kahuna Round: Between Shades of Gray v Life: Un Exploded Diagram v Okay For Now. Judge : Jonathan Stroud And it all comes down to these three books. I’ll be honest; with Chime out of the running, I was all about “not Life.” Stroud selected Okay for Now; and while […]

Library Patrons and Self-Published Books

The other day on Twitter, a couple of librarians and myself were talking about kids and teens self-publishing, especially Young Writers Dazzle Publisher (Mom and Dad) at The New York Times. Maureen Johnson responds to this particular phenomena at So I Read A Piece In The New York Times which sums up a lot of […]

Movie Review: The Hunger Games


The Hunger Games. Lions Gate. Color Force. 2012. Saw in theatre; paid for my ticket. Please, do I even have to give a plot description for this film? Is there someone reading this blog who doesn’t know what The Hunger Games is about? I can understand not having read it; I can understand not seeing […]