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Revisiting Harriet The Spy

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Are you with me? Here’s the plan: I’m going to reread Harriet the Spy, in honor of her Fiftieth Anniversary. Then, I’ll share my chapter by chapter reactions to my reread. If you want to join me, I plan on doing this starting Monday, March 24. And, of course, it can be either a reread [...]

Flashback March 2009

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A look back at what I reviewed in March 2009: Mothers & Children. From my review: “This is a smaller book [than a coffee table book]; more intimate, less showy, easier to hold, to look at together, to share. The photos are of mothers and children, small and grown, from around the world and different [...]

Round 1, Match 2

Drum roll for the second match of this round: Boxers & Saints v A Corner of White, Judge Yuyi Morales My prediction: “Having read Boxer & Saints, that’s what I picked.” And guess what: ONCE AGAIN I WAS RIGHT. Let me say one thing. OK, it’ll probably be more than one thing. You know me. One [...]

Round 1, Match 1

And thus it begins: All the Truth That’s in Me v The Animal Book, Judge Vaunda Nelson My prediction: “Having not read either one, I randomly picked The Animal Book.” Was I right? YES. My observations: Nelson says, “I found similarities I hadn’t expected.” Nelson then went on to compare the two books based on those [...]

Review: Bright Before Sunrise

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Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt. Walker Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury. 2014. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Is it possible for one night to make a difference in a person’s life? Jonah and Brighton are about to find out. The Good: First things first: I loved this book. I loved Jonah and Brighton, separate [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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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 [...]