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Review: Wait For What Will Come


Wait For What Will Come by Barbara Michaels. Originally published in 1978. Image from HarperCollins ebook edition, 2009. The Plot: Carla Tregellas is just another hardworking American when the lawyer contacts her to tell her the news: as the last member of the Tregellas family, she has inherited an old mansion in Cornwall. Carla, in […]

Flashback October 2006

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And now, a look back at what I reviewed in October 2006! Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Jamel Akib. From my review: “The story is framed by the Hindu holiday Rakhi, a holiday that is about brothers and sisters. Arun wishes he had a sister so that he could celebrate Rakhi. A few months later, he […]

Review: Hideous Love


Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill. Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2013. Reviewed from ARC. The Plot: The story of Mary Godwin Shelley, the woman who wrote Frankenstein. The Good: I have always loved the story of Mary Shelley. To be honest, more than I love […]

Rainbow Bracelets


“Rainbow Bracelets” are bracelets made with small rubber bands, usually on a loom. It’s quite popular, and I’m sure you’ve seen them.     Right now, my fascination with Rainbow Bracelets is the reaction to them. Minecraft became popular with kids and adults, and what did I see? Many articles and posts about how schools […]

Bridget Jones, Allegiant, and Fans


I confess: When I heard the news about the most recent Bridget Jones book — that Mark Darcy was dead — I felt pissed and betrayed. Darcy dead?!?! Bridget a widow?!?! How dare Helen Fielding? How dare she? Destroying a perfectly good romance! For no good reason! I complained and groused on Twitter and in […]

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. Little, Brown. 2013. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Tana wakes up after a party to a house filled with the dead. She is one of three survivors: the others are her ex-boyfriend, Aidan, and strange vampire, Gavriel. As the sun slowly sets, the vampires who killed […]

Flashback October 2008

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A look at what I reviewed in October 2008: Beyond Leveled Books: Supporting Early and Transitional Readers in Grades K-5 by Karen Szymusiak, Franki Sibberson, and Lisa Koch. From my review: “I’d further suggest it to parents who are trying to understand what is going on in their child’s classroom and what is happening with their child’s […]

Review: Sex and Violence


Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian. Carolrhoda LAB. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. Morris Award shortlist. The Plot: Evan Carter is at yet another school. He’s been to six schools since he was 13, traveling frequently because of his father’s job. At his latest boarding school he’s doing what he usually does. Not really […]

National Book Award – Shortlist


The shortlist for the National Book Awards have been announced! The Young People’s Literature list: Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster) Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster) Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House). My review. Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s […]

Review: The Waking Dark


The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman. Knopf. 2013. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: One day, a small town: Oleander, Kansas. Like so many other small towns, where everyone thinks they know everyone. Where everyone has secrets. Some secrets they don’t even know about. A handful of people, with no connections to each other, go […]