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Does It Matter….

Sock puppets and paid reviews. In Buying Your Way Into Libraries, I wondered about authors buying their way into libraries: specifically, if bought reviews influence others to buy a book, and that book then goes up the sales rank charts, then libraries who may purchase solely on sales rank (as detailed and sourced in my […]

Readers’ Advisory Chat

I’m a big fan of Readers’ Advisory (see past posts like Readers’ Advisory? and Reading and Libraries). It sounds simple (match a book to a reader!) but is actually quite complex: what does the reader want? what would the reader like? which book fits that need? how does one go about “matching”? with all the […]

Review: Blackwood


Blackwood by Gwenda Bond. Strange Chemistry. 2012. Reviewed from ARC. The Plot: Roanoke, North Carolina. Miranda Blackwood is going into her senior year. She’s the daughter of the town drunk, and an outcast. Her escape is her involvement in the local summer production of the Lost Colony, that honors (and profits from) what Roanoke is […]

Flashback: September 2010

Iā€™m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in September 2010. The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter. 2010. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. My review: “How best to describe the humor? It is dark, delicious, biting, sarcastic, arch, and smart. The story itself is smart ā€” almost […]

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars


For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2012. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Elliot North, 18, has spent the last four years trying to keep her family’s estate running. It means not just making sure there is enough for herself, her father, Baron North, and her […]

KidLitCon 2012 Graphic


From the talented Sarah Stevenson (who is also the author of The Latte Rebellion), the graphic for KidLitCon 2012:

Huzzah and Welcome!

Travis Jonker of 100 Scope Notes has an article in the most recent School Library Journal about using ereaders in schools. It’s also available on line, at Travis’s Excellent (Ereader) Adventure. As Travis explains, “Last year, we rolled out an ereader lending program in my fifth and sixth grade school library, and I plan to […]