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Do You Read the Winners?


And the winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is: The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata! As you may remember, my predictions were: “What I think will win: The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp What I want to win: Picture Me Gone” From my review about The Thing About Luck: “What a […]

Flashback November 2006

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And now, a look at what I reviewed back in November 2006! Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner. From my review: “Kate used to have a job and a life. OK, it was as a glorified gossip columnist, but it was fun! Now she’s an at-home mom, stuck in the suburbs; but to make things oh so […]

Review: Mad Girl’s Love Song


Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson. Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster. 2013. Personal copy. One of my “vacation reads” — books for the grown ups, reviewed around holidays, when you may want to take time off from reading young adult books. It’s About: Sylvia Plath before […]

Voices in My Head at Booklist


Over the summer, I spoke with Mary Burkey about audiobooks for her Voices in My Head column at Booklist. Here’s a tease: “Burns agrees that it’s positive news that the audiobook industry is growing. “It’s good news for people who are print disabled—those who need audiobooks because of blindness, physical handicaps (which leave them unable to […]

Review: Obsidian Mirror


Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher. Dial Books for Younger Readers, a member of Penguin Group. 2013. Library copy. The Plot: Time travel with a magical mirror. You want more? There are also the Shee. You know, the cold blooded not-human beings of legend who steal human children and never really age. You want more? A […]

Flashback to November 2008

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It’s time to look back at what I reviewed in November 2008! Hip Hop Speaks to Children with CD: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience)edited by Nikki Giovanni. From my review: “Giovanni’s introduction reads like poetry: “When humans were beginning to develop our own language, separate from the growls and howls, separate […]

Round Up Of NBA Short List

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I’ve now had the opportunity to read and review all five books on the National Book Awards Shortlist for Young People’s Literature!   The Young People’s Literature list: Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster). My review. “Appelt is telling us a story, and it’s written as […]

Review: The Thing About Luck


The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2013. Reviewed from ARC. The Plot: Summer Miyamoto’s family has had bad luck the past year. Summer got malaria and was very sick; her grandmother is having painful back problems; her little brother’s only friend moved away. That doesn’t […]

Review: Picture Me Gone

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Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin. 2013. Library copy. National Book Award short list. The Plot: Twelve year old Mila and her father, Gil, are in New York, visiting her father’s friend and his family. Or, rather, were supposed to be. Matthew has disappeared, and Mila and […]

Review: A Spark Unseen


A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron. Sequel to The Dark Unwinding. Scholastic. 2013. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: The 1850s. England. Katharine Tulman awakes to find someone trying to break into her room. She prevents the kidnapping of her Uncle Tully, but more threats to his safety and peace of mind come. What can […]