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Review: Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses


Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge, illustrated by Andrea Dezso. Candlewick Press. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Fairy tales retold in free verse. The Good: I love retold fairy tales, especially when they twist and tweak and turn inside out. You may remember that from my post about […]

Review: This Is Not A Test


This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers. St. Martin’s Press. 2012. Personal Copy. The Plot: Sloane is having breakfast with her father. She has been home from school and her father has written a note explaining it was the flu. (It wasn’t the flu.) Her older sister Lily left home six months ago, with […]

Hear Me


Want to hear me talk about librarianship, books, and other sundry things? Well, you’re in luck! A few weeks ago, Steve Thomas (@stevelibrarian on Twitter) invited Kelly Jensen  (Stacked blog, @catagator) and myself onto his librarian interview podcast, Circulating Ideas (@circideas). Since Steven follows both of us on Twitter (I’m @LizB), he had a bit […]

Flashback July 2007

As a brief reminder, I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in July 2007: Singing Shijimi Clams by Naomi Kojima. Kane/Miller. “What is this about? Well, I think it’s a story about a happy retirement; a bit odd to look at a children’s book that way, I guess, […]

Review: Long Lankin


Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough. Candlewick Press. 2012. Reviewed from eArc from NetGalley. The Plot: August, 1958. England. Sisters Cora and Mimi are sent to live with a relative they have never met. To make matters worse, their great aunt, Ida Eastfield, wasn’t expecting them and doesn’t want them. She’s rude and unwelcoming, full of odd […]

Pop Goes the Library


And now, a little Blatant Self Promotion. Back in 2008, Sophie Brookover and I wrote a book, Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect to Your Whole Community (Information Today). The Library Journal review; In the Library With a Lead Pipe review; American Libraries; and Booklist. From the publisher website: “You loved the […]

Authors/Illustrators Dressed as Superheroes

Courtesy of Marc Tyler Nobleman, your favorite Authors/illustrators dressed as superheroes. Nobleman’s books include Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.

2012 Odyssey Award

For the first time, I attended the 2012 Odyssey Awards while at ALA. The Odyssey Award is for the best audiobook produced for children or teens. It is sponsored by Booklist and administered by ALSC and YALSA. The 2012 Winner and Honor Books: 2012 Winner. Rotters. Produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House […]

Flashback July 2010

As a brief reminder, I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in July 2010, both at my original blog and here at SLJ: Nibbles: A Green Tale by Charlotte Middleton. Marshall Cavendish. 2010. My review: “A guinea pig saves the day, I mean the dandelion! Nibbles goes to […]

Betsy’s Top 100 Lists

Have you been following along with Betsy Bird (A Fuse Eight Production) & her Top 100 Picture Book/Children’s Novels of all time? A quick explanation: Betsy didn’t just run surveys and polls to create a Top 100 list of Picture Books and Children’s Novels. She also created individual posts for each title (those counting along […]