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Sydney Taylor Book Awards

The 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Awards have been announced! “The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All- of-a-Kind Family series.” From the Association of Jewish Libraries website: Sydney Taylor […]

2012 Printz Award

The 2012 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature was particularly exciting for me because I’d read 4 of the 5 honored titles! Here is the award winner and the honor titles, from the YALSA website. Please click through to the YALSA website for full information about the award, including the annotations […]

Megan Whalen Turner

My love of Megan Whalen Turner’s books is well documented. What is almost as wonderful as a MWT book is finding other people who adore her books. It’s pure giddyness and giggles and “I KNOW.” Chachic’s Book Nook has dedicated an entire week to the wonderfulness of the Queen’s Thief series. No, really. If you […]

The 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction For Young Adults

And the winner is . . . . The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery written by Steve Sheinkin, published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. From the ALA Website:  “Treating history as mystery, Sheinkin takes readers through means, motive, and opportunity as he […]

Review: Finding Somewhere

Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monninger. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House. 2011. Reviewed from copy from publisher. The Plot: Two girls, a horse, and the open road. The horse is old and it’s owners want to put it out down. Hattie, sixteen, wants to give Speed, a work horse all his life, a chance to […]

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: Across The Universe

Across the  Universe by Beth Revis. RazorBill, an imprint of Penguin. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Amy Martin, 17, is frozen and placed on a spaceship with her parents and others. Three hundred years from now, the settlers will be unfrozen to settle a planet. Amy’s parents are important to the mission. Amy […]

Arizona and Ethnic Studies

I’m sorry for the brevity of this post. I want to post something in detail about Arizona, but instead I’ll quote Salon as a quick introduction: “As part of the state-mandated termination of its ethnic studies  program, the Tucson Unified School District released an initial list of books to be banned from its schools today.  According to district […]

Review: Under the Mesquite

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. Lee & Low. 2011. Morris Award Finalist. The Plot: At the beginning of Lupita’s freshman year at high school, her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Mami has always been the one who held their large family together. Lupita, as the oldest, has always been responsible. Now even more falls […]

Review: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks by Kathleen Flinn. Viking. 2011. Review copy from publisher via NetGalley. Holiday reads. Here at Tea Cozy, holiday reads aren’t books about holidays; they’re grown up books for grown up readers to indulge in over the holidays It’s […]