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Review: All Our Pretty Songs

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All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2013. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Two girls, best friends since they were born. Sharing so much: heartaches, family, music. They are not identical, no, but rather they complement each other. “Aurora breaks hearts, and I paint pictures.” Aurora drinks her nights away, knowing [...]

Flashback March 2011

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A flashback to what I reviewed in March 2011: Bayou Volume One by Jeremy Lo. From my review:“Charon, Mississippi, 1933. Two ten year old little girls are playing, Lee and Lily. One black, one white. One lie results in Lee’s father arrested and a lynching feared. To save her father, Lee leaves her familiar world behind [...]

Review: Roomies


Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2013. Reviewed from ARC. The Plot: It’s the summer after high school graduation, and EB and Lauren are both looking forward to college. EB is looking forward to leaving her small New Jersey beach town, her mother, her circle of friends and their [...]

Flashback: February 2006

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And now a look back at what I reviewed in February 2006: Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff. From my review: “A retelling of the Trojan War. Some people don’t understand reading something when you know the end. I’m one of those who will always read a book about Troy, even tho I know how it ends. I [...]

Morris Award Winner!


The Morris Award Winner was announced at the Youth Media Awards at ALA Midwinter 2014.   The Winner: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan. From my review: “Charm & Strange is a brilliant look at a damaged child, and the teenager he becomes. It’s [...]

Flashback: February 2008

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A look at what I reviewed in February 2008: Ancient Inca: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Inca’s Past by Beth Gruber; Johan Reinhard, Consultant and Ancient Greece: Archaeology Unlocks the Secret’s of Greece’s Past by Marni McGee, Michael Shanks, Consultant. From my review: “This series explains archaeology, the process, the finds, how there is always something new to be discovered or [...]

Review: Untold


Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan. The Lynburn Legacy, Book 2. Random House. 2013. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: In Unspoken, seventeen year old Kami Glass learned the truth about her village, Sorry-in-the-Vale. Short version: sorcerers are real. Kami’s family may not be sorcerers, but they have the potential to be something just as valuable: a source, [...]

When Adults Read Books For Teens

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I am not a teenager. Not for quite some time. But, for multiple reasons, I read a lot of teen books. I read them because I review them, here at Tea Cozy; I read them because as a librarian who works with teens, I need to know about the books they want and need; I [...]

Flashback: February 2009

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And now a flashback to what I was reading in February 2009. Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith. From my review: “December 1941. Eighteen year old Ida Mae Jones is cleaning houses, saving to go to Chicago to pursue her dream of flying. She’s black; but that’s not why the local instructor in Louisiana won’t pass her and [...]

Review: Maggot Moon


Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. Candlewick Press. 2013. Reviewed from ARC. Printz Honor Book. The Plot: Standish Treadwell, fifteen, is dyslexic. He has different colored eyes, one blue, one brown. He lives with his grandfather; his parents are gone. He had one friend, Hector, and Hector is also gone. Standish’s world is one of fear and [...]