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Review: Liar’s Moon


Liar’s Moon by Elizabeth C. Bunce. Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic. 2011. Review copy from publisher. Sequel to StarCrossed. Spoilers for StarCrossed. The Plot: Lord Durrel Decath is in prison, accused of murdering his wife. Decath saved Digger’s life once. She owes him. She knows he could not have done it, and uses her skills as […]

Review: Strings Attached


Strings Attached by Judy Blundell. Scholastic 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher at ALA Midwinter. The Plot: October, 1950. Kit has left Providence, Rhode Island for New York City. Kit, 17, is lucky — she’s found a job dancing in a Broadway musical. It’s not a great musical, it’s not a great job, it’s not […]

Review: StarCrossed


StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce.  Scholastic. 2010. Library copy. The Plot: A robbery gone bad means Digger, sixteen, must flee her home city of Gerse. One lie leads to another, and the next thing she knows, Digger is going by the name Celyn and is a lady’s maid to a young, shy noblewoman, Merista Nemair, living […]

Review: The Scorpio Races


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic. 2011. Review from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Every November, there are the Scorpio Races on the island of Thisby. Every year, people die. This is not a regular horse race; the horses are capaill uisce, water horses, horses captured from the sea. Horses that want to return […]

Review: Forever


Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic. 2011. Review from ARC from publisher. Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Sequel to Shiver (2009) and Linger (2010). The Plot: In Shiver, Grace met Sam, a werewolf; in Linger, new werewolves and complications are introduced; now, in Forever, it is Grace who is a wolf while […]

Review: Beauty Queens


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Scholastic Press. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from ALA. The Plot: A plane full of teen beauty queens crashes on a remote tropical island. No, really. The Good:  What I’m fast appreciating about Libba Bray is that she’s always doing something different as an author; but, each time, it’s awesome. It’s […]

Review: Tales from Outer Suburbia


Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic. 2009. Borrowed copy. All ages. It’s About: Illustrated short stories, set in the familiar world of the suburbs. Only, not so much. The Good: Each of these short stories takes place in the suburbs, but for each there is something […]

Review: Stolen


Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic. 2010. Review copy picked up at ALA. Printz Honor. The Plot: Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped by Ty and brought to the isolated Australian desert. The Good: “You saw me before I saw you. In the airport, that day in August, you had that […]

Review: Havoc


Havoc by Chris Wooding. Scholastic. 2010. Reviewed from ARC, borrowed from friend. Sequel to Malice. Official Malice website. The Plot: Seth, back in the real world, has just recovered his memories of the dark and dangerous world of Malice. He has barely time to grab a few things, including the mysterious Shard, say good-bye to his […]

Review: The Suburb Beyond The Stars


The Suburb Beyond the Stars by M. T. Anderson. Scholastic. 2010. Review from ARC from ALA. The Plot: Brian and Gregory, having survived The Game of Sunken Places, are preparing for the next Game. Brian, as winner, gets to plan it and is constructing it around old detective novels. Gregory, his best friend, is helping. The […]