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Edwards Award

And now, for a bit of blatant self-promotion. I am a candidate for the 2016 Edwards Award Committee! The Edwards Award “honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It […]

My Way Or The Highway

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There’s a recent news story about a high school senior who has sued her parents for financial support. If you want more details, this is her local paper that first reported on it and this is an update on the case. I’m not going into specifics here, because, well, it’s a messy, complicated, sad situation […]

On Liking Characters


I like talking about books, and reading, and why we like the things we like. Or don’t like. In When Adults Read Books For Teens, I spoke a bit about adults reading teen books with a certain type of expectation. There’s another type of expectation often put on books — or, rather characters in books […]

Over At the Horn Book


In this blog, I’ve had a several posts about “New Adult,” books aimed at readers over 18. And, at ALA last year, Sophie Brookover, Kelly Jensen, and I conducted a conversation starter about New Adult. Sophie, Kelly, and I recently collaborated on an article about New Adult for the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book, […]

Why That Book?


It’s that wonderful time of the year. Winners and honors have been announced for the Youth Media Awards, so librarians ask themselves and their colleagues: What the hell was that committee thinking? I could barely get through fifty pages. Other books were so much better!! Here’s the thing. Whether it’s an award or a list, it’s an […]

Flashback: January 2006

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A look at what I reviewed in January 2006. Boy Proof by Cecil Castelluci. From my review: “Victoria, 16, prefers to be called “Egg” like the character in her favorite science fiction movie. She’s smart, she’s confident, she’s not afraid to dress like the character she loves. . . . Egg is vocal and strong in her likes […]

ALA Midwinter 2014


I’ve been busy preparing for ALA Midwinter 2014, including a flurry of committee work. I’ve finished the rest of the YALSA Nonfiction Titles, but I haven’t had time to finish my reviews — they’ll be coming, don’t worry! I’m looking forward to the Youth Media Awards, to see who wins the Printz and who gets […]

Flashback: January 2008

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A flashback to what I was reading in January 2008: . . . . Yep, while there are a bunch of blog posts, very little actual reviews. This was the start of reading for Printz, and I was taking it seriously, and had introduced some guest bloggers to help out.

Flashback: January 2009

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A flashback to what I was reading in January 2009: The 2009 Printz Award and Honor Books! Because I was on the committee, and reading and rereading a ton of books, and then the committee met at Midwinter and the rest is history. The books: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, the 2009 Printz Award winner; and the four […]

Flashback: January 2011

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A look back at what I reviewed in January 2011: The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson. From my review: “The Latte Rebellion doesn’t start as a rebellion. Yes, Asha and her friend Carey got annoyed at a classmate’s casual comments about Asha being a “towel head” and being “Miss Barely Asian.” In a caffeine induced bout […]