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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 [...]

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.    

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 [...]

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 [...]

Flashback November 2006

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And now, a look at what I reviewed back in November 2006! Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner. From my review: “Kate used to have a job and a life. OK, it was as a glorified gossip columnist, but it was fun! Now she’s an at-home mom, stuck in the suburbs; but to make things oh so [...]

Flashback to November 2008

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It’s time to look back at what I reviewed in November 2008! Hip Hop Speaks to Children with CD: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience)edited by Nikki Giovanni. From my review: “Giovanni’s introduction reads like poetry: “When humans were beginning to develop our own language, separate from the growls and howls, separate [...]

Flashback November 2009

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And now, a look back at what I reviewed in November 2009: Only A Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. From my review: “On the surface, this is a story of try, try again, similar to stories of learning how to ride a bike or swim. But, this is flight. Something so much more [...]