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Oh, growin’ up …. (Yes, hopefully, you’re hearing that the way Springsteen sings it.) One of the things I’m fascinated with is how people change; or don’t. Not as individuals — but how different an experience it is to be a teen in 2013, 2003, 1993, 1983, 1973 — well, you get the picture. Some […]

Review: Pain, Parties, Work


Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder. HarperCollins. 2013. Personal Copy. Vacation reads — when I review not-teen books that people may be interested in reading! It’s About: In June, 1953, Sylvia Plath was a guest editor for the fashion magazine, Mademoiselle.  The guest editor program was prestigious. The […]

Flashback August 2006

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Time to take a look at what I reviewed in August 2006! Cheating At Solitaire by Ally Carter. From my review: “Julia James is a famous self-help writer. Her area of expertise? Being single — and being happy and fulfilled being single. She’s written such books with titles like Table for One, Spaghetti and Meatball: Meals for the Single […]

Review: The Infinite Moment of Us


The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle. Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams. 2013. Review from ARC from publisher. The Plot: It’s the summer after high school graduation. Wren is a good girl, who has always done the right thing, especially when it comes to her parent’s expectations. Come fall, she’s supposed to be […]

Organizing The To Be Read Books


Confession: sometimes I’m a bit overwhelmed by the to-be-read pile. What is your current organization scheme? I have bookshelves in the basement with copies (ARCs and final copies). Those are arranged in alphabetical order. I know some people do by release date, but that makes it harder for me to find books. The books that […]

Flashback August 2008

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And now, a look back at what I reviewed in August 2008: Ten Gallon Bart and the Wild West Show by Susan Stevens Crummel, illustrated by Dorothy Donohue. From my review: “Ten Gallon Bart is bored, and finds excitement in the Wild West Show. Ten Gallon Bart’s dilemma: to be in the Wild West Show, he not only […]

Lizzie Skurnick at Read Adv

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It’s hard to believe, but the Reader’s Advisory Twitter Chat that Sophie Brookover, Kelly Jensen and myself have been doing is over one year old! As a brief recap, twice a month we host a Twitter Chat about Reader’s Advisory. Typically, it’s on the first and third Thursday of the month at 8 p.m. EST. […]

Summer Reading


Oh, Summer Reading. Summer is ending and most public library summer reading programs being finished. I’ve read many tweets and posts and articles about Summer Reading Programs and libraries and I’ve just been thinking about it, and SRP in general. Summer Reading Program: one set of words for many different things. Which, you know, sounds […]

Review: My Friend Dahmer


My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. Abrams Comic Arts. 2012. Personal copy. Graphic Novel. Alex Award Winner. It’s About: A graphic novel memoir by Derf Backderf, a classmate of Jeffrey Dahmer. This is not the story of a serial killer; it is a look at the childhood and teen years of Jeffrey Dahmer, before his […]

Middle Grade at The Book Smugglers


The Book Smugglers have a weekly feature, Old School Wednesdays, when they look at titles that aren’t “new and shiny”. This past Wednesday, they did a middle grade blogger roundtable and I was one of the participants. One of the fun things about a roundtable like this is, of course, seeing what titles that people […]