I started reading books written for young adults when I was about 8 and I’ve never stopped. Fortunately I’ve managed to parlay this into a career which, while not exactly “lucrative,” is a hell of a lot of fun. I’m a middle and high school librarian at a girls’ private school near Boston, and I love (almost) every minute.
(This is me as the cover of one of my favorites.)
I read a wide range of middle grade and YA to keep up with my students’ interests, but I’m especially partial to YA science fiction and speculative fiction. I grew up on a steady diet of dystopias long before they were trendy, and they made me the lefty environmentalist I am today. I’m interested in the writing, but even more in what the stories say about the world and how they fit into the larger context of YA and children’s literature. I try to review everything I read here, at least briefly.
I also blog about the future of information, education, and the library profession. Phrases virtually guaranteed to set off a tirade include: “digital natives,” “No Child Left Behind,” and “Wait, why do we need librarians anymore? We have Google.”
I’ve owned this domain since 1999, which makes me an official Old Lady of the Internet. At first it was a “web journal” of the passive-aggressive angst of my early twenties. Since 2006 or so it’s been the “YA reviews and geekery” blog you see today. Welcome! I hope you’ll stick around, leave a comment, start a discussion.
You can reach me at sam at parenthetical dot net.
Review policy: I review YA and older MG fiction. I tend towards science fiction, realistic “girl” fiction, and historical fiction. Please email me if you’d like to me to consider reviewing your book — I love being asked to review things, but I’ll feel guilty if you just send me an unsolicited ARC and then I don’t get around to reading it. I’m also happy to read via NetGalley, if there’s something you’d like me to take a look at. Thanks for getting in touch!