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Flashback: August 2005

I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in August 2005. The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol; Book 1 of the four book Shamer Chronicle. My review: “Like her mother, ten-year-old Dina is a Shamer. When a Shamer looks you in the eyes, you relive all that you have ever […]

Review: Intentions


Intentions by Deborah Heiligman. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2012. Reviewed from eARC from NetGalley. The Plot: Rachel is devastated when she overhears her Rabbi having sex with someone who is not his wife. Her parents’ arguments, she can deal with. Her grandfather’s death, she mourns. Her estrangement from her best friend, Alexis, she’s handling. […]

KidlitCon 2012

It’s that time of year again; time for KidlitCon! This is the sixth annual gathering of children’s and young adult book bloggers. First was 2007 in Chicago, 2008 Portland, 2009 DC, 2010 Minneapolis, 2011 Seattle (my five KidlitCon posts here), and now, for 2012 — it’s in New York City! A big thank you goes […]

Sexytimes In YA Books

I was listening to SLJ’s SummerTeen, and during the Rockin’ Women of YA session Jackie Morse Kessler mentioned that she uses Jackie Kessler for her grown up books. It got me thinking of Andrea Cremer’s recent book deal to write an erotica trilogy. Sometimes authors use the same name for different genres (Ally Carter or […]

Review: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

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Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield. Dutton Books, a member of Penguin Group USA. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: The night of graduation, Rebecca’s boyfriend James breaks up with her. It’s a preemptive move; Rebecca, school salutatorian, is headed off to college when summer is over. James, drop out, […]

Review: Anna and the French Kiss


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA). 2011. Personal copy. (Hardcopy Dutton, a member of Penguin Group  (USA) 2010. The Plot: Anna’s mostly absent father has decided that Anna should spend her senior year at boarding school in Paris, France. Anna is not pleased about leaving Atlanta, […]

Flashback: August 2007

I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in August 2007. Kat and Mouse Vol 1: Teacher Torture. Storyby Alex de Campi; Art by Federica Manfredi. My review: “Kat is the new kid at school and the teacher’s daughter. Mouse is the “cool nerd” whose special power is “shield […]


If  you’re a fan of Melina Marchetta‘s Lumatere books (Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles), some good news while we’re all waiting for Quintana of Charyn (Australia, September 2012; US, March 2013). And as you can see from the publication dates, it’s a real wait for us in the US! The good […]

KidlitCon 2012 Submissions

KidlitCon 2012 is taking place in New York City on September 28-29th. KidlitCon is the annual get together of Children’s and Young Adult Book Bloggers. This is year 6! Proposals are being accepted for programs until Wednesday, August 15th. Here is more information at Fuse # 8; and here is a link to the proposal form. […]

A Brand New Look

If you mainly read my blog via Google Reader or some such other not-going-to-the-actual-website manner, you may want to click through today. While the blog looks the same, School Library Journal does not — it has a new look! Old site. New site. So, update your links to and enjoy!