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Voices in My Head at Booklist


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 […]

The Impact of Culture on the Stories We Tell


There’s an interesting article over at The New York Times called Mormons Offer Cautionary Lesson on Sunny Outlook vs. Literary Greatness. It looks,  in part, at the influence on one’s culture on the stories authors write. The problems I have with it is that at times it lacks nuance and offers sweeping generalization. Look, for […]

Rainbow Bracelets


“Rainbow Bracelets” are bracelets made with small rubber bands, usually on a loom. It’s quite popular, and I’m sure you’ve seen them.     Right now, my fascination with Rainbow Bracelets is the reaction to them. Minecraft became popular with kids and adults, and what did I see? Many articles and posts about how schools […]

Bridget Jones, Allegiant, and Fans


I confess: When I heard the news about the most recent Bridget Jones book — that Mark Darcy was dead — I felt pissed and betrayed. Darcy dead?!?! Bridget a widow?!?! How dare Helen Fielding? How dare she? Destroying a perfectly good romance! For no good reason! I complained and groused on Twitter and in […]

National Book Award – Shortlist


The shortlist for the National Book Awards have been announced! The Young People’s Literature list: Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster) Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster) Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House). My review. Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s […]



Welcome to School Library Journal print readers! Remember my blog post, Girls and Technology? Well, it’s highlighted in the October print issue of SLJ, on page 16, under “Brogrammer Culture.” I’m glad that this means that more people will be talking about this! And if this is what brought you to Tea Cozy, welcome!

On Being Eight and Being Chris Brown


In a recent interview in the Guardian, the singer Chris Brown spoke about losing his virginity at 8. The full quote is “He lost his virginity when he was eight years old, to a local girl who was 14 or 15. Seriously? “Yeah, really. Uh-huh.” He grins and chuckles. “It’s different in the country.” Brown […]

Cybils Nominations!


It’s the Eighth Annual Cybils! The Cybils is the Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards. Short version: titles are nominated in different categories; one group of bloggers reads the nominated titles and narrow them down to the shortlist; and a second group of bloggers select a winner from the shortlist. Long version: click over […]

Guest Post at Children’s Book Reviews

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Want to know some of the upcoming books I’m looking forward to? Good! All you need to do is go over to my guest post at Children’s Books Review. OK, I’ll tell you one — my Frankenstein obsession continues! I’m looking forward to Stephanie Hemphill’s Hideous Love, about Mary Shelley. Let me know what you think […]

Flashback September 2009

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And now, a look back at what I reviewed in September 2009: The Squirrel’s Birthday by Toon Tellegen. Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg. From my review: “Simple stories with the logic of childhood. Squirrel has a birthday; he invites people by writing invitations on beech bark. The wind delivers the invitations and the acceptances.” Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon […]