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Review: 17 and Gone


Last week, I reviewed 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma (Dutton, 2013). That review was for people who, well, don’t want to know too much about a book going in. So, short version of 17 & Gone for those readers is that Lauren is seeing ghosts, including a girl who may still be alive, […]

Pop Programming!


Remember my self promotion post from a few days back, about Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect to Your Whole Community AKA the book that Sophie Brookover and I wrote? And I said how Sophie and I have contributed a couple of guest posts to our publisher’s blog, ITI Books Blog? Well, […]

Wikipedia and Sexism

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A couple days ago, The New York Times had an opinion piece, Wikipedia’s Sexism Towards Female Novelists. Long story short: “editors have begun the process of moving women, one by one, alphabetically, from the “American Novelists” category to the “American Women Novelists” subcategory.” Also take a look at The Atlantic Wire’s take: Wikipedia’s Boys Club […]



I mentioned the Veronica Mars Kickstarter last month (which, by the way ended up being funded for $5.7 Million). There’s another Kickstarter I want to mention, because it’s library related: Circulating Ideas, the Librarian Interview Podcast. You may remember that twice I’ve been a guest of Steve Thomas on this podcast, once in July 2012 […]

Happy Blog Birthday to Me

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It’s my blog birthday! My very first post was on April 26, 2005, making this blog eight years old! I’m looking forward to Year 9 being just as fun as the past 8 years! Thank you, everyone, for reading and sharing!

Review: 17 and Gone


17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma. Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Lauren’s beat up old van breaks down on a snowy day on the way to school, and because of that, she sees the missing poster she must have passed day after […]

Pop Technology!


Excuse a little blatant self promotion; yes, it’s about the book Sophie Brookover and I wrote in 2008, Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect to Your Whole Community (Information Today). Sophie and I have contributed a couple of guest posts to our publisher’s blog, ITI Books Blog. The first post: Don’t Be […]

Flashback April 2006

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What I reviewed in April 2006: The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. From my review: “Costis is a loyal guard to his Queen, the Queen of Attolia. Like most loyal Attolians, he is angry that The Thief of Eddis has manipulated his way into becoming the husband of the Queen and is now […]

Review: Midwinterblood


Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. Roaring Brook Press. 2013. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Always, there is an Eric and a Merle; a hare and a loss; and the island of Blessed. These are the constants. What changes in the seven stories of Midwinterblood is the time, starting in the future, 2073, and going back […]

Central Park Five


The Central Park Five is a documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns. Sarah Burns also wrote a book by the same name (Knopf, 2011; reprint 2012). In 1989, a female jogger was raped in Central Park. Five teenagers, all African American, were questioned, confessed, and arrested. They recanted and plead not guilty. […]