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Review: Charm and Strange


Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2013. Library copy. Morris Shortlist. The Plot: Win, 16, is at a New England boarding school, physically distanced from his family in Virginia, emotionally distanced from his classmates. Flashbacks show him as an angry child, Drew, sometimes violent. Win has secrets. Secrets about who he was; […]

Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds


In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Amulet Books. 2013. Library copy. Morris Shortlist. The Plot: 1918. Mary Shelley Black, 16, has fled Portland, Oregon following her father’s arrest for treason. She is going to stay with her aunt, Eva, in San Diego. San Diego has changed since the last time she was there, […]

Cybils 2013 Finalists


It’s time for the Cybils Finalists! As a quick recap, the Cybils is the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. Earlier this year, titles were nominated across various categories and genres. Then, groups of bloggers (the panelists) read those nominations and created a list of finalists for each category. Those finalists are what were […]

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 […]

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.    

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 […]

Review: The Kingdom Of Little Wounds


The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal. Candlewick Press. 2013. Reviewed from ARC. The Plot: 1572. The royal city of Skyggehavn in Scandinavia. The stories of royalty, nobility, and servants are woven together, creating a tapestry of a time, a place, and a crisis. King Christian V and his French wife, Isabel, have produced […]

Flashback December 2011

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A flashback to what I reviewed in December 2011! In the Woods by Tana French. From my review: “A deliciously good, ice-chilling mystery. This is Rob’s story, and he is a storyteller, knowing just what to tell us and when. “What I warn you to remember is that I am a detective. Our relationship with truth is […]