14 years ago today, bitter at watching my college classmates rush about with roses and flush with the internet’s possibilities for emotional oversharing, I started a “web journal.” Now my blog is a teenager, who appears to be doing the bloggy equivalent of “How was school today, honey?” Grunt I’m … Continue reading →
This book is a step on the road to understanding some important middle school truths: The guy who’s a weirdo but having a good time is way more fun to hang out with than the guy who’s too cool for everything you enjoy. Girls aren’t aliens. (And the corollary, neither … Continue reading →
Each of these is attractive, and stands out from its genre crowd (at least a little bit) while still giving a clear sense of that genre. Points to Have a Nice Day for ironic title-image juxtaposition, and to Summer of the Mariposas for riffing on the backlit-ladies cover in a way that nevertheless tells me something specific about both the plot and tone.
Eve & Adam is way too much like Cinderto be truly original, but Cinder was totally original and this is the first copycat I’ve seen, so I’ll take it.
As for Supergirl Mixtapes, I adore the cover and the title, but since my students have never encountered a “mixtape” in their lives, I have to suspect that I am the target audience — ie., women in their mid-thirties who read YA. I guess that’s a burgeoning audience in its own right!
A bouquet of YA fantasy published in 2012. Come on now, cover designers. Each of these is pretty in its own right, but in aggregate it just makes me feel like I’ve already read all of them. (Thanks again for all the books, Anita!)
I’m a guest poster! I’ve been weeding the science section at my library, and I sent my friend Miriam Goldstein of Deep Sea News so many vintage quotes that she asked me to write a post. Fossil fuels sure are seductively powerful, but it turns out that they’re dangerously dirty. And … Continue reading →
The pitch: Funny, touching lesbian coming-of-age story. Plus there’s a dog! The review: There are precious few good lesbian YA novels. Thanks for writing an awesome one, Lisa Jenn! Let me count the things I love: I love that Colby’s orientation is only part of her story. The book is … Continue reading →
The pitch: Girl-power middle grade fantasy about a black girl! That was enough to get me to read it, honestly; it’s so rare. BeeBee is the orphaned daughter of the king and queen of Raven World. To keep her safe, she lives on a magical island with only three Godmommies … Continue reading →
The pitch: This sequel to The Roar picks up right where the first book leaves off. The “chosen” children have discovered the Secret and know they need to take over the Northern Government before their parents also discover the Secret and start a war. Wow, I did that all without … Continue reading →
Way back in April, I promised a review of the Hunger Games movie from a smart critic of media who hadn’t read the book and knew almost nothing about it going in. My guinea pig friend (we’ll call him The Mad Neuroscientist, or TMN for short) missed the movie while … Continue reading →
On Friday night I attended a party at Porter Square Books for the young reviewers of their Fresh Ink program, featuring M. T. Anderson as the guest speaker. About this I have two things to say: Porter Square Books is awesome. I hope this doesn’t come as a surprise to … Continue reading →
The opinions here are mine, and do not necessarily reflect those of my school. Also, even when I review books for younger kids, these posts are written for older teens and adults. In other words, I swear sometimes. Don't get upset.