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L.K. Madigan

L.K. Madigan, author of Flash Burnout and The Mermaid’s Mirror, died this week. I knew L.K. Madigan as a reader. I read and enjoyed Flash Burnout; interviewed her for the YALSA Blog; and stood in line to get a copy of The Mermaid’s Mirror signed. As a reader, as someone who knew her through Twitter, I […]

Really Creative Writing…Or Not

As I’m reading my Google Reader this morning, a post over at Blog of a Bookslut grabs my attention — a teacher writes a self-published book, includes her students, includes sex and drugs, and it doesn’t end well for her. The full Guardian article is Teacher who put pupils into their own sex’n’drugs novel awaits […]


Booktalking is one of my favorite librarian things to do. I’m going to share my typical preparation for day of booktalks at a school. I would love to hear other people’s techniques! For those non-librarians, booktalking is what librarians do to do promote books to teens and kids. It can be one-on-one with teens (or parents) […]

Review: The Uninvited

The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones. Candlewick on Brilliance Audio. Narrated by Angela Dawe. 2010. Candlewick. 2009. Listened to on audiobook supplied by publisher. The Plot: It seemed like a good idea. Mimi Shapiro escapes New York City after an eventful freshman year that included an affair with an older professor who won’t stop calling. Mimi goes […]


On Valentine’s Day, the Cybils winners were announced. Full information on each title is at the Cybils website. For YA, the winners were: Non-fiction: The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Suzanne Jurmain, Houghton Mifflin Graphic Novels:  Yummy; The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, illustrated by […]

Review: Jazz in Love

Jazz In Love by Neesha Meminger. Ignite Books. 2010. Review copy from author. The Plot: Meet Jasbir “Jazz” Dhatt, high school junior. She’s book smart, part of the Future Stars and Leaders Program at her high school. She has two best friends, Cindy Reda-Rodriguez and Jeevan “Jeeves” Sahota.Then there’s Tyler R., the cute new boy at […]

2011 Morris Award

The Morris Award is one of two YALSA Awards that work a bit different. It (and the YALSA Award for Excellence in NonFiction for Young  Adults) announce a shortlist about six or so weeks before Midwinter. Then, at Midwinter, the announcements are made about the winner and honor books. The announcements are made on Monday morning, […]

Teenage Wastelands

The Good News: The New York Times Magazine has an article about YA literature! It’s called Teenage Wastelands by Charles McGrath and is in “The Way We Live Now” section. There is some good stuff. With the recent release of the I Am Number Four film, another reminder of this being a movie and book […]

Review: Night Road

Night Road by Kristin Hannah. St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan. 2011. Reviewed from ARC borrowed from a friend. It’s a three day weekend! So, like my Iron Duke review in November, here is a treat, something different, a book that is not young adult. That said, I think Night Road is a book that teens […]

Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King. Alfred A. Knopf Books, an  imprint of Random House. 2010. Review copy from publisher. Printz Honor. The Plot: Vera Dietz, 18, hates and loves Charlie Kahn, her dead ex-best friend. Hates, because he died. Because before he died, he stopped being her friend, started hanging out with […]