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Review: Out of Sight, Out of Time


Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter. Disney Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group. 2012. Personal copy. The Plot: Cammie Morgan awakes to find herself in a strange bed, in a strange country. Worst of all? A several month block of time is missing from her memory. The last thing she […]

I’ll Meet You Down In Atlantic City


The New Jersey Library Association Conference is in Atlantic City this year, and I’ll be on two panels! The conference is June 4, 5, and 6th. The two panels:  The Secret Life of an Awards Committee Member: Tue, 06/05/2012 – 1:30pm – 2:20pm Speakers:  Sophie Brookover, Program Coordinator, LibraryLink NJ Allison Santos, Princeton Public Library Liz […]

Review: The Whole Story of Half a Girl


The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House. 2012. Reviewed from copy from publisher. The Plot: When eleven-year-old Sonia’s father loses his job, she has to leave private school for public school. At her old school, everyone knew her; now, they wonder if she’s Indian like […]

Review: The Humming Room


The Humming Room (a novel inspired by The Secret Garden) by Ellen Potter. A Feiwel and Friends Book, an imprint of Macmillan. 2012. Middle grade. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Orphaned Roo goes to live with her newly discovered rich uncle. Neglected and will, she loves nature and the out of doors. She prefers […]

Flashback May 2010

And now, let’s flashback to what I was reviewing in May 2010! Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be by Daniel Loxton. Kids Can Press. 2010. Middle grade nonfiction. My review: “Evolution, a tricky scientific concept, is described and explained in a way that is both easy to follow yet also captures […]

Review: The FitzOsbornes in Exile


The FitzOsbornes in Exile, the Montmaray Journals, Book II by Michelle Cooper. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2011. Review copy from publisher. Sequel to A Brief History of Montmaray; the final book is The FitzOsbornes at War. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Sophie FitzOsborne and the rest of the royal family (cousin Veronica, 18; brother Toby, 18; […]

Suggestions for next classic?

Earlier this year, I read Frankenstein, sharing my chapter by chapter reactions and reader response. Any suggestions for what my next classic chapter-by-chapter should be? So far, suggestions from Twitter include: Middlemarch Dracula Share your suggestions/votes!

Fab Films: Criteria, Continued

From the YALSA Website, more Suggested Selection Criteria: Content Is it well organized? Is the script well written and imaginative? Is it timely or pertinent to young adult needs and interests? Is the treatment appropriate for the subject: (e.g. animation, dramatization, documentary). Utilization Will it stimulate and maintain interest? Is the format, vocabulary and concept(s) […]