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2014 YA Predictions

2014 YA

What better way to bring in 2014 than to have fun making predictions for what will happen with YA books? Kelly of Stacked Books and myself had some fun with that on Twitter, being a little bit silly and a little bit serious. We used the hashtag #2014YAPredictions. I made my first Storify for this, also, [...]

My post at E Wein Special Ops at Chachic

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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 [...]

Inspiration Adaptation Or Something Else?

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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 Cantour.com, 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

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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 [...]

Tell Me Now, I Need to Know Now

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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

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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, [...]

Teaser: We Were Liars

Yes, it’s December; and yes, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House) isn’t available until May 2014. (ARC from publisher). And yes, you are going to want this one. Why? Without being all spoilery? This is the story of Cady. Cady, nearly eighteen, had a terrible accident two years before. She is still [...]

Morris Award Shortlist

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YALSA has announced the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award; see YALSA’s the Hub for the list of finalists and the official annotations. The five finalists, with my comments, are: Charm & Strange written by Stephanie Kuehn, published by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan. I just got this from [...]

Happily Ever After?

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I like romance novels. When I have time to fit in books that aren’t young adult books, romance tops the list. Well, along with mystery. And non-fiction. I have to admit, I am very particular about romances. About what is called a “romance.” What I want is simple: couple meet, stuff happens, happy ending. I’m [...]

Voices in My Head at Booklist

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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 [...]