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Review: The Butterfly Clues

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The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison. Egmont USA. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: In the year following the death of her brother, Oren, Penelope “Lo” Marin has been looking, searching, for something. She explores far from home, taking buses, going farther and farther away from her safe home and school. “Safe” — […]

Flashback February 2007


A flashback to what I was reading in February 2007: John Lewis In the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson, illustrated by Benny Andrews. From my review: “History cannot be hidden because it is violent or unfair or difficult; and Lewis proves a role model who acts, who tries to […]

Review: Come See About Me


Come See About Me by C.K. Kelly Martin. Smashwords. 2012. The Plot: Leah’s boyfriend, Bastien, is dead. Since the police knocked on their apartment door, telling her about the accident, Leah has barely been able to function. University classes, her part time job, her friends, all fall by the wayside as she tries to live with her […]

Review: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries


The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is an “innovative, original episodic video and social media series produced for the web” adapted from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. That’s the boring description. The better description is it’s AWESOME and AMAZING and WOW. Ahem. The Plot: Lizzie Bennet, grad student, is creating and posting her online diaries (The Lizzie Bennet […]

The Latest on New Adult and a Question

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As you may remember, I did a poll about New Adult Readership. The results? Well, I think it has more to do with my readership. No one under 18 responded; and since I used the free version of SurveyMonkey, I only have access to the first 100 responses. The data: 84 of the 100 said […]

List O Mania: LA Times Book Prize

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The Los Angeles Times has announced it’s finalists for the Book Prizes. The Prizes will be announced in April. For Young Adult Literature, the Finalists are: Paolo Bacigalupi / The Drowned Cities (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers) A.S. King / Ask the Passengers (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers). From my review: “Astrid lives in […]

List O Mania: Andre Norton Award


Thanks to all the suggestions and reminders of various lists and awards the feature young adult books! The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., have announced the 2012 Nebula Award Nominees, including the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Twelve titles were nominated; the winner will be announced in May. This […]

Film Review: Perks of Being a Wallflower


Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), based on the book of the same name (1999) by Stephen Chbosky. Rated PG 13. Chbosky also wrote the screenplay and directed the film. The Plot: Charlie starts high school awkward, shy, and without any friends. He meets two seniors, Sam and her stepbrother Patrick, and they welcome him […]

Lists, Lists, Everywhere


As you’ve read over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot of book awards and lists! I love, love, love awards and lists. Have I read the books? How many? Have I heard about the books? For the books I haven’t read, especially this time of year, I optimistically keep them while I […]

Battle of the Kids’ Books


Do you know what time it is? It’s time for School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books, aka BoB! Why, what is BoB? Excellent question. Sixteen children’s and teen books from the prior year are selected; each title “battles” the other, with a celebrity judge reading the two books and selecting a winner. Those […]