Ask Daphne! About My Query XXXVIII

January 22nd, 2010

Shoes fit for a Greek Goddess for C.C., who’s query is the subject of today’s post. I know these “as always” reminders get repetitive, but thanks for remembering that the point here is to provide constructive criticism for the author, give your honest opinion about the query, and suggest ways you see of improving it. […]

Filled Under: About My Query, Ask Daphne!

More raves for POWERLESS

January 21st, 2010

Two more reviews just arrived for Matthew Cody‘s Powerless. Will this book be on next year’s shortlist for the Newbery? A girl agent can dream! From the February issue of the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (which I’m pasting in its entirety since I can’t find it online elsewhere): When his family moves […]

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Do I Grade on a Curve?

January 20th, 2010

So I recently finished reading Sophie Kinsella’s novel Twenties Girl, which I enjoyed (and stayed up late finishing), though I felt it suffered, at first, from some of the same problems I find in Kinsella’s insanely popular Shopaholic series. Namely, that the main characters seems SO CLUELESS at times that you want to reach into […]

Filled Under: Recent Reads

I’m Curious…

January 19th, 2010

So I started a new project on January 1st, to take at least one picture every single day and post it. And it got me thinking about deadlines and goals we set for ourselves. I’m curious — of those of you that participated in NaNoWriMo, how many of you have kept up a daily writing […]

Filled Under: Slushpile

A “Wrench”ing review for ALBATROSS

January 18th, 2010

It’s been a morning of exciting news, what with the announcements of the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz, plus all the other awards from ALA Midwinter, but I’m excited on a personal level to share the following review from Kirkus for Albatross by Josie Bloss: Music geeks walk the fine line between love […]

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