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New Adult Readers

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As you know from my blog series about New Adult books (What is New Adult?; New Adult, Where Does It Go?; Books That May Or May Not Be New Adult), I am interested in what “New Adult” books are. Part of the reason: yes, when I was in high school and college I wanted to read books about […]

And the Winners Are….

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Many terrific announcements at the ALA Youth Media Awards! One of the great things about being able to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting is being able to go, in person, to the Youth Media Awards. It’s so exciting, being in a room full of people who are excited about the awards, about what books, audiobooks, […]

Reader’s Advisory Challenge


As you may remember, Kelly Jensen, Sophie Brookover and myself have a Readers’ Advisory chat on Twitter.  The Readers’ Advisory chat uses the hashtag #ReadAdv; it takes place the first and third Thursdays of the month, at 8 PM EST and lasts an hour. The topic in February will be using awards and lists, such as […]

Say Hi

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If you see me in Seattle, please say “hi”. Remember, unlike how I look in my photo, I wear glasses. Also, I have these snazzy new business cards! Because I’ll be busy, I’m not sure when my posts about the ALA Media Awards or the various ALSC and YALSA lists will go up, but they […]

Review: Kiki Strike The Darkness Dwellers


Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers by Kirsten Miller. Bloomsbury USA. 2013. Review copy from publisher. Sequel to Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City and Kiki Strike: The Empress’s Tomb. The Plot: Kiki is back, along with Ananka (the narrator) and the other Irregulars: Luz, Oona, Betty and DeeDee. Inside the Shadow City told how the gang got […]

YALSA ENYA Finalists


The YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults is one of two awards where YALSA announces a list of finalists, and then announces the winner in January. Edited to add: the Award went to Bomb by Steve Sheinkin. This year’s committee released it’s shortlist in December. Here are the titles, from YALSA’s the Hub: Titanic: […]

Morris Finalists


This past December, YALSA announced the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. Edited to add: The Award went to Seraphina by Rachel Hartman! You can get more information on the Morris Award at the YALSA website. I’ve had the chance to read and review all the books, and let me say, it’s going to […]

Review: Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. 2012. Review copy from publisher. Finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award. It’s About: A biography of Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, Inc. The Good: Reading books like Bomb, Titanic or We’ve Got a Job […]

Review: The Brides of Rollrock Island


The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan. Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Misskaella Prout is the witch of Rollrock Island, so ugly and disagreeable and witchy that no man would have her for a wife. Misskaella has her revenge on those who keep […]

ALA Midwinter 2013

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I’m leaving soon for ALA Midwinter Meeting 2013 in Seattle! Most of my time will be spent in the committee meetings for YALSA’s Fabulous Films Committee. By the end of the meeting, we will have 25 films about “survival.” Stay tuned to see what t hose films are! I also hope to be able to attend the YALSA Board […]