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At Beyond the Latest Buzz

As I explained earlier this week, Nova Ren Suma’s Beyond the Latest Buzz series is going on at her blog. Today, I’m the guest blogger! What books do I talk about? You’ll have to go to Nova’s blog to find out! Please let me know what you think of the books I mention!

Flashback December 2010

I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in December 2010. You can see a lot of Morris and Nonfiction finalists! Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. From my review: “Sam is your typical slacker – college drop out, working at a fast food restaurant to pay the […]

Beyond the Latest Buzz

Nova Ren Suma is the author of one of my favorite books from last year, Imaginary Girls. When she asked me to be part of of her latest blog series, Beyond the Latest Buzz, I couldn’t say yes quick enough. As explained at her blog, Distraction No. 99, for this series Nova “asked YA and children’s librarians […]

But What Do The Rules Say?


Yes, I am that person, and I suspect that when I’m talked about behind my back, this is one of the things that causes eye-rolls (or worse) directed at me. Blame it on my personality; or blame it on law school. A couple of things that really matter to me: how we define the words we […]

Smugglivus 2012


The Book Smuggler‘s Smugglivus runs from December 1 to January 7 and is an “end of the year celebration. Back in our first year of The Book Smugglers in 2008, we wanted to do something special at the end of the year leading up to our blog anniversary in early January. So, we came up […]

YALSA Morris Award Shortlist

YALSA has announced the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. From YALSA’s the Hub, the five finalists are: Wonder Show, written by Hannah Barnaby, published by Published by Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Love and Other Perishable Items, written by Laura Buzo, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of […]

YALSA Nonfiction Award Shortlist

As you may remember, I was on last year’s committee for YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. This year’s committee just released it’s shortlist. Here are the titles, from YALSA’s the Hub: Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, written by Deborah Hopkinson, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Bomb: The Race […]

Review: Kill Me Softly


Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross. Egmont USA. 2012. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Mirabelle has been raised by her godmothers, Elsa and Bliss, since the death of her parents while she was still an infant. As Mira’s sixteenth birthday approaches, she decides that she wants to find out more about the place she […]

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. Poppy, an imprint of Little, Brown. 2012. The Plot: Hadley is four minutes late for her plane, the plane to London to take her to her father’s wedding. Now she has to wait for the next one, and if she is lucky, she […]