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Review: The Opposite of Hallelujah


The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab. Delacorte Books for Younger Readers, Random House. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Caro Mitchell’s older sister, Hannah, left home eight years ago, when Caro was eight. Hannah was nineteen; it’s not unusual for kids to have older sisters go off for college or to make […]

Flashback October 2007

I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in October 2007.  The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon. My review: “A graphic adaptation of the 9/11 Report, putting forth the time line of what happened on 9/11, then the results of the commission’s investigation […]

Balance, or How Much Is Too Much

The question of gender balance and reading is neither simple nor easily discussed. Start talking about, say, boys reading and it then becomes also what do boys want to read and how is that taken into account when we talk about reading? Is it just novel-reading that people are concerned about? If so, does it […]

KidLitCon 2012

from SLJ

I am sure you have been waiting for my post about KidLitCon 2012, the New York version! I went up the day before it all started, to meet Laura from Pinot & Prose for lunch at Fig & Olive. Best lunch ever! Oh, and the food was good, too. I could have commuted each day from […]

Social Reading?

Last month, on Twitter, I mused a bit about how I dislike the idea/term “social reading” and a few people chimed in with their thoughts, also. (It’s a topic I’ve touched on briefly, here, last April, in Reading Alone Together.) I mentioned how, as an introvert who likes my alone time with my books and […]

Review: Murder on Astor Place


Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery No. 1) by Victoria Thompson. Berkley Prime Crime. 1999. Personal copy. Monday is Columbus Day, so this review is a Holiday Read for grownups; that is, it’s not a young adult or children’s book. The Plot: This is the first in the Gaslight Mystery series, set in turn of […]

Flashback October 2010

I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in October 2010. The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. My review: “The story of Alan, Nick, Mae, and Jamie starts not that long after the events of The Demon’s Lexicon. Demons, magicians, and battles, oh my. . . . This […]