A Rebecca Stead book is always unexpected and always a delight. I very much enjoyed her Northern fantasy First Light and remember hand-selling the heck out of it to die-hard City of Ember fans in my bookseller days. Then I read When You Reach Me and was struck by how timeless it felt, despite being … Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Goodbye Stranger
This is one of those deceiving middle grade novels that seems straight forward and charming but is so deeply layered that the minute you try to examine it you are left with the conclusion that Jenni Holm is a genius and mere mortals should not try to dissect her work. Ellie does not know what … Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Fourteenth Goldfish
There is a surge in middle grade graphic novels featuring female protagonists that I am totally into. Some of these books are memoirs ( Smile, Sisters, and El Deafo) and others are fiction (Drama, Chiggers, or This One Summer). Fiction or non-fiction, they are all fabulous, and now there is a new kid on the block … Continue reading Skate Like a Girl: Roller Girl Review
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
There are a million and one reasons to love the CBC, including this right here: First of all, what a total thrill to be featured on The Next Chapter, a fantastic program that has taught me so much about books, writers, and Canadian literature in particular. Shelagh Rogers is warm, funny, and a fantastic … Continue reading Tiger Eyes & Days That End in Y: I Heart the CBC
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
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?