“Ask her about the Dewey Decimal System.”

From Awful Library Books: Runaway Bride Returns! This librarian is not a bunhead shusher. She’s a hottie in black knee-high boots who gets married in Vegas and ditches her new husband the morning after. Ooh, steamy! But clearly the craziest part is how she advocates against Dewey: “No Dewey decimal … Continue reading

8th Grade Superzero, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

5 out of 5! Reggie has big dreams for his school, but Clarke Junior School isn’t stepping up. His classmates are more interested in helping themselves than helping each other, and besides, nobody listens to Reggie anyway after an unfortunate incident on the first day of school left him with … Continue reading

Suite Scarlett and Scarlett Fever, by Maureen Johnson

Scarlett’s family owns, and lives in, a stately old hotel in Manhattan, but both the hotel and the family have seen better days. They barely have enough money to make ends meet, Scarlett’s brother’s last chance at an acting career is crashing, her older sister is stuck in an Austenesque … Continue reading

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, by Jack Gantos

In two weeks I’ll be heading to the Simmons College Children’s Literature Summer Institute. Three days of talks by and schmoozing with fabulous authors, editors, and other people working in the children’s lit field (not to mention some dear friends). So excited! I realized that I’m unfamiliar with the work … Continue reading