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Guest Post at Children’s Book Reviews

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Want to know some of the upcoming books I’m looking forward to? Good! All you need to do is go over to my guest post at Children’s Books Review. OK, I’ll tell you one — my Frankenstein obsession continues! I’m looking forward to Stephanie Hemphill’s Hideous Love, about Mary Shelley. Let me know what you think […]

Review: A Moment Comes


A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2013. The Plot: India. June, 1947. India will soon have independence; part of the process includes dividing the country into two parts, based on religion. A Moment Comes is about three teenagers: Tariq, a young Muslim who wants […]

Flashback September 2006

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A look back at what I reviewed in September 2006! I’m Going To… Reviews of I’m Going To New York To Visit The Lions illustrated by Tanya Roitman, text copyright by Harriet Ziefert Inc. From my review: “Isn’t it obvious? Road Trip to NYC” and I’m Going To Boston To Visit The Ducks, same, “Road trip to […]

Review: Dare You To


Dare You To by Katie McGarry. Harlequin Teen. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Ryan Stone is looking forward to his senior year, and why not? He’s the star baseball player, getting scouted by colleges and teams; he has great friends; and an ex-girlfriend that may be more than an ex. One of […]

Review: This Is What Happy Looks Like


This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. Poppy, an imprint of Little, Brown. 2013. Review from ARC from publisher. The Plot: An email sent to the wrong person results in an email friendship between two teens. They talk about everything — except their names and who they are. Oh, some stray details […]

Flashback September 2008

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What was I reading in September 2008? The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff. From my review: “Phaedrus looks exactly like the missing Midir. Why not put him on the throne instead, and remove Liadhan from power? So Phaedrus pretends to be Midir — pretends to be King — and gets more than […]

Review: Just One Day


Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Dutton Books, a member of Penguin Books. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Allyson Healey is on a trip to Europe, a special present from her parents for having done so well in high school. She, along with her best friend, are on a Teen Tour, speeding […]

Review: Rose Under Fire


Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. Hyperion. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. Companion to Code Name Verity. The Plot: It’s summer of 1944 and Rose Moyer Justice is in England, a pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary. She’s a pilot, and she’s an American, and she’s only 18, but she’s in the ATA because […]

Flashback September 2009

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And now, a look back at what I reviewed in September 2009: The Squirrel’s Birthday by Toon Tellegen. Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg. From my review: “Simple stories with the logic of childhood. Squirrel has a birthday; he invites people by writing invitations on beech bark. The wind delivers the invitations and the acceptances.” Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon […]

Review: The Bitter Kingdom


The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2013. Conclusion of The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (book one) and  The Crown of Embers (book two). The Plot: Elisa, Godstone Bearer and Queen of Joya d’Arena, is running into the hand of her greatest enemy, the Invierne. In […]