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Archives for July 2012

Review: One Moment

One Moment by Kristina McBride. Egmont USA. 2012. Reviewed from eARC. The Plot: If you could change one moment in your life . . .  That’s how Maggie feels. She wants to change one moment so that it doesn’t end with her boyfriend Joey dead, floating in the water below the cliff. Only thing is, she doesn’t […]

Meet Me In St. Louis: YALSA YA Lit Symposium

The YALSA YA Lit Symposium, is November 2-4, in St. Louis MO. I attended the 2010 Symposium and 2008 Symposium (I know, I’m lucky!) and they are such a terrific experience! Smart programs, knowledgeable presenters, and enthusiastic attendees. This year, I’ll be on a panel organized by Robin Brenner (No Flying, No Tights); it’s about YA Literature and […]

Boy Books or Girl Books

Shannon Hale offers insight (and, for this reader, at least, a touch of heartbreak) in her post, Why Boys Don’t Read Girls (Sometimes). It’s about boys reading “girl” books. A lot is written about reading, and boys reading, and girls reading. (See my post from a few months back, Boys, Girls, Books, for instance). Hale […]

Review: Dark Companion

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta. Tor Teen. 2012. Reviewed from NetGalley. The Plot: Jane Williams has been in the foster system since she was six. Following the unnecessary death of her best friend, Jane decides she wants more  for her future than what she sees around her and throws herself into studying. It pays off […]

Review: A Confusion of Princes

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix. Harper Collins. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Prince Khemri is one of the ten million Princes who rule the Empire. To “ordinary folk,” these Princes seem immortal. And, it’s true, that they can be reborn in certain situations; and that they are augmented in what […]

As A Quick Reminder

Anyone can nominate a title for the various YALSA lists and awards. All you need to do is go to the page on the YALSA website for that particular list or award. In the menu options to the left, there is a link to the nomination form. Be sure to double check the policies and […]

Some Quick Thoughts About That Site

Honestly, this fell under “if you don’t like something, don’t give it any attention” with a side of “other people are writing about it, nothing to add” categories of blog topics, until, well, a certain post was made at a certain high visibility website. Cryptic enough? Let’s put it this way: if on the off […]

To Star Or Not To Star

I have a GoodReads account that is sorely neglected. It’s on my to-do list to make better use of it. Believe it or not, one of the reasons I’ve not used it as much is the pressure of the stars. You can rate books on one to five stars: didn’t like it (one), it was […]

Two Year Anniversary

Can you believe that two years ago today I had my first post here at SLJ? Here it is: It’s Nice To Say Hello. I’m having so much fun; I hope you are, also!

Flashback July 2005

As a brief reminder, I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in June 2005: Norma Johnston’s The Keeping Days series: The Keeping Days, Glory in the Flower, The Sanctuary Tree, A Mustard Seed of Magic, A Nice Girl Like You and Myself and I. “It’s the turn of […]