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Review: Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City

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Back in 2006, I reviewed Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller (Bloomsbury USA 2006). The sequel, Kiki Strike: The Empress’s Tomb, was published in 2007. The third book, Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers is coming out January 2013. Bloomsbury is reissuing the first two books, with new covers (first image is the original, the […]

Books That May Or May Not Be New Adult

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I say “may or may not be” New Adult because as we’ve seen, there isn’t a general consensus on definition.  Also, the books that have already been published that may meet the reading interests of those wanting New Adult are to be found in many different aisles of the library or bookstore. See my previous […]

New Adult, Where Does It Go?

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Now that we’ve figured out a definition for New Adult, what does it mean, really? OK, maybe a definition is still up in the air and being worked out. (And right now, I’m I’ll give my short answer up front, and then talk a bit more to explain it.going to assume you read yesterday’s posts […]

What is New Adult?

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A pretty active topic on blogs, twitters, and even newspapers is something called “New Adult” books. What is “New Adult,” exactly? As I’ve thought about this — and don’t worry, I’m getting to it — I’ve decided to split this into multiple posts. This first post is about the definition of “New Adult,” with links […]

And We’re Back in the Game!


Welcome back! As you can see, things are different yet the same. So you can be excited but not threatened! Among the new stuff: that snazzy logo. I can’t wait to get some new cards printed up with this! It’s also a cleaner, crisper look all around. Look down below: a box highlighting my recent […]

Good News

I know, I know, change can be scary but change can also be good. This is one of the “good” times. As you may have noticed, sometimes the blog has been a bit slow. This blog (along with some of the other SLJ blogs) are on a server that is past its prime. The blogs […]

Flashback December 2007

I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in December 2007. Overall, the end of 2007 as well as 2008 will be light on flashback titles. I had started reading for the Printz (so 2008 will be light), and had personally decided not to mention any 2008 titles. I explain this […]

A Little Pop

Yes, I confess to having a google alert set up for Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community (InfoToday 2008, co-written with Sophie Brookover). As you can see from the InfoToday website , Pop has been available in ebook format since this past summer. Yay! Fun fact: it’s the […]

Review: Moonbird


Moonbird: A Year On the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2012. Review copy from publisher. Finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award. Edited to add: Sibert Honor. It’s About: B95 is a rufa red knot, first tagged in Argentina in 1995. Since then, B95 […]

At Smugglivus 2012

As I blogged about earlier this week, Book Smuggler’s is having their annual Smugglivus posting extravaganza. My post is up today; I use the opportunity to force myself to pick my five favorite books of 2012. What are they? Go to Book Smugglers and find out! Edited to add: Fixed the links to go directly […]