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My post at E Wein Special Ops at Chachic


As I explained earlier this week, head over to Chachic’s Book Nook for for a week long celebration of Elizabeth Wein: EWein Special Ops. Today, you’ll find my guest post: a love letter to Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity. Yes, there are spoilers in that post. And, for more of your reading pleasure: My review of […]

E Wein Special Ops


This week, if you’re looking for good posts, there is only one place to look: Chachic’s Book Nook, for a week long celebration of Elizabeth Wein: EWein Special Ops.   As Chachic explains in the opening post for this week, “EWein Special Ops is a blog event celebrating Elizabeth Wein’s wonderful novels. I have been […]

Flashback: December 2006

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And now, a flashback to what I reviewed in December 2006! Ishmael by Barbara Hambly. From my review: “It’s Star Trek meets Here Come the Brides. Spock winds up back in 1867 Seattle, has amnesia, meets the HCTB people. It has something to do with Klingons trying to do yadda yadda yadda….that doesn’t matter. What matters, or why this book is awesome: Nowhere in the […]

Inspiration Adaptation Or Something Else?


Shia LaBeouf is a twenty seven year old actor. He directed a short film which was shown in Cannes in 2012. As described in that May 2012 The Hollywood Reporter post, “Howard, the story of a film critic played by Jim Gaffigan, is LaBeouf’s own quirky critique of film critics.” LaBeuof just made that short film available […]

No Girls Allowed


As you may know from reading my posts, I’m not a big fan of “girl books” and “boy books”. (As a sample of this, check out this old post, Boys, Girls, Books). I try to ignore most of the boy book/ girl book posts and commentary. But this latest one . . . Wowza. This […]

Flashback: December 2008

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A flashback to what I reviewed in December 2008: And… yes. Nothing. As you may remember, 2008 was the year I was on the Printz Committee. So, yeah, by December? My reading and blogging time were otherwise occupied.    

Tell Me Now, I Need to Know Now


Last week, I briefly mentioned We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Delacorte Press, 2014). And in drafting and thinking about the actual review, I realized I needed your input. Not just about We Were Liars; but, well, about reviews in general. When, ideally, do you like to read a review? Do you want to read […]

YALSA Nonfiction Award Shortlist


YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults has released it’s shortlist! YALSA’s the Hub has the list of titles, with the official annotations. Here is the list, with my comments: The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi written by Neal Bascomb, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, […]

Revisited: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock


Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Little, Brown. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. As promised in August, this is my spoilerific post about Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. At this point I assume knowledge: you read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock; you read my initial review; and/or, you don’t care about spoilers. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is […]

Flashback December 2009

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And now, a look back at what I was reading in December 2009! The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. From my review: “It’s 1899, and Calpurnia Virginia Tate is twelve. Well, actually eleven. But she’s the type who thinks twelve is an acceptable answer. It’s a hot summer in Texas. Calpurnia, sometimes Callie Vee, is […]