American contemporary, Author Interview, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Classics, Funny Books, grief, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, The Penderwicks

Happiness is a Penderwicks Novel: The Penderwicks in Spring Review

How can a book that is ultimately about an eleven year old's belief that she is responsible for the death of those she has loved be so funny and charming? Such is the magic of The Penderwicks in Spring, the fourth in the truly classic and heartwarming Penderwicks series. We throw words like "modern classic"… Continue reading Happiness is a Penderwicks Novel: The Penderwicks in Spring Review

American contemporary, friendship stories, grief, middle grade, multicultural cast, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story

Cold Hands, Warm Heart: Waiting for Unicorns Review

Who doesn't love a unicorn myth? Author Beth Hautala weaves folklore about unicorns, whales, and specifically narwhals (the unicorns of the sea) into a gentle and lovely story about a father and daughter coming through grief in northern Manitoba. This is the kind of book we would have referred to as a "Vikki book" at… Continue reading Cold Hands, Warm Heart: Waiting for Unicorns Review

American contemporary, Award Winners, Books for Everyone, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Ghost story, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Uncategorized, Writing

Thank You for the Borderlands: RIP Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Zilpha Keatley Snyder, 1927-2014 When I was a kid I got a box of books at a garage sale. I don't remember how old I was. It was the summer, possibly between grades 3 and 4, or 4 and 5- but I do remember that box vividly. I discovered some of my favourite authors in… Continue reading Thank You for the Borderlands: RIP Zilpha Keatley Snyder

American contemporary, Personal Faves, Positive Gay Characters, Summer Reads, Uncategorized, YA

Nina LaCour, Patron Saint of California: Everything Leads to You Review

This blog is in danger of becoming a Nina LaCour fansite, but I can't  help gushing about her books. Her latest might just be her best one yet. When Emi's senior year ends, her brother gives her the keys to his sweet apartment for the summer, telling her to use the space and the time… Continue reading Nina LaCour, Patron Saint of California: Everything Leads to You Review

American contemporary, Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Fantasy, friendship stories, Ghost story, Good Books for Boys, Gothic, middle grade, Mystery, Readalouds, Realistic contemporary, Summer Reads

What to Read This Summer: Middle Grade

Here are some great recent/upcoming middle grade titles for the tween in your life, or, if you're like me, your own inner tween:   The Glass Sentence Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series gets comped  a lot in fantasy, but this is the only book I've read in recent memory that lives up to it in… Continue reading What to Read This Summer: Middle Grade

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Cross over, Days That End in Y, friendship stories, Funny Books, Graphic Novel, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary, Summer Days Starry Nights, Summer Reads, YA

What To Read This Summer- YA Edition

The May long weekend has come and gone, my patio furniture is out, it seems that summer is finally, FINALLY just around the corner! Here are some great YA reads for those summer days, starry nights (*cough* shameless plug)*: We Were Liars I have been a big fan of E. Lockhart for many, many years.… Continue reading What To Read This Summer- YA Edition

American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Cross over, Funny Books, multicultural cast, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Spring, YA

YA Gets a 1950s Make-Over: Popular Review

Holy stars did I love this book! Fifteen year old (yes, 15!) Maya Van Wagenen is smart, funny, achingly honest and a total star. In grade 8 she decided to follow the advice of a 1950s style guide, BETTY CORNELL'S TEEN-AGE POPULARITY GUIDE (which is also being republished by Dutton at the same time, GREAT kitschy… Continue reading YA Gets a 1950s Make-Over: Popular Review

American contemporary, Funny Books, Mystery, YA

Finally! A Book for DROP DEAD GORGEOUS Fans: No one Else Can Have You Review

The lovely Suman Seewat told me I needed to read this book and as usual, she was right. Any book that is comped to the movie Fargo has my immediate attention. One has to wonder if that fantastic cover from HarperTeen is a nod to the cross-stitching in the Fargo movie poster: In any case,… Continue reading Finally! A Book for DROP DEAD GORGEOUS Fans: No one Else Can Have You Review

American contemporary, Cross over, friendship stories, grief, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary, YA

Why Aren’t You Reading Nina LaCour?

I love discovering new writers. There is something exciting about falling in love with a book by a an author you know little about and then telling everyone you know about said writer. My new current obsession is Nina LaCour. I had heard wonderful things about this contemporary YA writer but only recently did I… Continue reading Why Aren’t You Reading Nina LaCour?

American contemporary, Fairytales, Fantasy, friendship stories, Magic, middle grade, multicultural cast, Mystery

I Wanna Be a Fairytale Librarian: Grimm Legacy Review

The Brothers Grimm have always been big in children's literature, but they seem to be having a notable resurgence in middle grade right now, thanks to wildly popular series such as The Sisters Grimm, Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark and Grimm (and it's sequels), and The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman, the first of two… Continue reading I Wanna Be a Fairytale Librarian: Grimm Legacy Review