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Teaser: Long Lankin

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough. Candlewick Press. 2012. Reviewed from eArc from NetGalley. Long Lankin’s publication date is July 2012. In 1958, two young sisters are sent to live with an aunt in a remote English village. They trigger a generations old curse, endangering the life of the younger girl. Horror and suspense, wrapped in […]

Review: Radiant Days

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Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA). 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: 1977. Merle, 18, is in Washington DC to attend the Corcoran School of Art. Art is her ticket out of nowheresville Virginia — but not the way some would think. Not in a make money […]

Why Are You Reading?

Reading is a funny thing. You’d think we know what we meant when we said reading — but, not really. People approach reading with different definitions and expectations, that then shape dialogue and actions, and even then what a person means by “reading” may change mid-conversation. For instance — is reading just a skill to […]

Review: The World in Your Lunch Box


The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods by Claire Eamer. Illustrated by Sa Boothroyd. Annick Press. 2012. Reviewed from copy from NetGalley. Nonfiction, middle grade. It’s About: Typical lunches are used to explore the history of food. The Good: As you may remember from my post about The […]

Flashback May 2005

A flashback to my reviews from May 2005! My second month of book blogging, so be kind. Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton. My review: “Bethany is unique not in that she lost her arm; Bethany is unique in that she knew from a young age what it was that made her happy, and she has […]

YALSA Fabulous Films

I’ve gone through all the policies and procedures of the YALSA committee I’m currently on, Fabulous Films for Young Adults. As a reminder, the theme of this year is survival and there are already many films on the nomination list. Want to nominate a title! Her is the nomination form!

Review: Code Name Verity


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. Edited to add: Printz Honor Book. The Plot: France. 1943. Verity, a British spy, has been captured by the Nazis. “I AM A COWARD,” she explains. She has given the Nazis the wireless codes they wanted; […]

Movie Review: The Avengers


The Avengers. 3D. PG 13. 2012. Marvel. Directed by Joss Whedon; from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon; screenplay by Joss Whedon. The Plot: When Loki steals the Tesseract and threatens to take over Earth, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. has only one option. Assemble a group of super heroes to defeat Loki and […]

Review: The Summer My Life Began


The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland. Speak (Penguin USA). 2012. Reviewed from e-ARC via NetGalley. The Plot: Elizabeth Margaret’s life has been planned to the smallest detail. Do well in school, go to an Ivy League college, got to law school, marry well, get a good job. She’s done all that has been […]

Flashback May 2007

A flashback to what I was reviewing in May 2007! Poisoned Crown: The Sangreal Trilogy by Amanda Hemingway. Young adult. My review: “Nathan, hero of the prior two books, has a third and final treasure he has to recover, the Poisoned Crown. But what will happen when all these other-world relics are in one place and […]