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Review: New Girl


New Girl by Paige Harbison. Harlequin Teen. 2012. Copy provided for review. The Plot: A re-imagining of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. When a space opens up in the prestigious Manderley Academy, the “new girl” from Florida finds herself in a complex situation. The reason for the opening? The disappearance of Rebecca Normandy the previous […]

Reading and Libraries

Earlier this month, I attended my state’s annual library conference. There was a keynote, of course; and it was a good one,  New Librarianship’s New Promise, by R. David Lankes, with great observations, ideas, inspiration, and some laughs. Here is the PowerPoint (and I have to say it’s the type of presentation I like, one that […]

Summer Blog Blast Tour

Alas, this year multiple commitments made me bow out of the Summer Blog Blast Tour, organized by Chasing Ray. (This is not the type of book promotional tour that Maureen Johnson wrote about in Blog Tours, and the Word No. It’s a blog tour that is blogger-driver and covers a variety of authors and topics and […]

When Does Virtual Work?

ALA Annual is coming up, which means both fun and work. Part of the work: the YALSA Board meets. It’s quite a commitment, being on the YALSA Board, and it’s on my bucket list of things to run for, and in the meanwhile, I like to read the board documents, both before and after things […]

Boy Books or Books for Boys Only?

Remember the good old boys cave? I know some people thought that I (and others) either over-reacted or showed we didn’t care about boys reading. (See the comments to that post and linked to posts and articles.) But, see, to me — it’s not a short walk from going from “for boys” but oh of […]

SLJ Day of Dialog Round Up

I wasn’t able to attend this year’s School Library Journal Day of Dialog. Instead, I followed along on Twitter and read some of the SLJ recaps: Keeping Middle Schoolers Engaged “Middle school students are a “hormonally charged” bunch who are “full of complex contradictions” and just “want a voice,” say authors who participated in SLJ’s […]

Flashback June 2010

As a brief reminder, I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in June 2010: Countdown by Deborah Wiles. Scholastic Press. 2010. My review: “This “documentary novel” shows the reader, throughout the book, life in the 60s, life Franny experiences. The careful reader will put together some of the […]

Review: Grave Mercy


Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, Book 1) by Robin LaFevers. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Brittany, 1588. Ismae, seventeen, was rescued years ago from her former life as the abused daughter of a turnip farmer to enter the service of the god of Death at the Convent of St. Mortain. As it […]

Updates to the YALSA Website Changes

Earlier this year, I wrote about changes to the YALSA website, here and here. In a nutshell, a change was made in YALSA policy so that now some information (specifically current and historical book awards and booklists) can only be accessed if one is a member or if one fills out a form each time […]

Review: Summer in the City


Summer in the City by Candace Bushnell. Sequel to The Carrie Diaries (2010). Balzer & Bray, an imprint of Harper Collins. 2011. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Summer in the City picks up right where The Carrie Diaries left off: seventeen year old Carrie Bradshaw is in New York City for a summer writing […]