Happy Book Birthday Rebekah Crane!

August 6th, 2019
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It’s release day for Rebekah Crane’s POSTCARDS FOR A SONGBIRD! Be sure to pick up this beautiful YA contemporary story about the ache to belong and the joy of feeling understood. Everyone eventually leaves Wren Plumley. First it was her mother, then her best friend, and then her sister. Now living with only her cop […]

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Happy Book Birthday to Jessie Hilb!

February 27th, 2018
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Congratulations to Jessie Hilb whose debut THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE is out today. Run–don’t walk–to your nearest bookseller and pick up a copy. If you love lyrical writing and moving coming-of-age tales, you will love this book. Here’s Jessie talking about her book!   Check out her blog and her twitter account. And make sure […]

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When a YA Novel is Not

October 7th, 2011

So I’m almost done reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which is, as I opined on Twitter the other night, absolutely essential reading for a nerd of my age. Simplistically, it’s about a couple of teenagers trying to solve a giant Easter Egg Hunt in a vast virtual reality game. So why isn’t it […]

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YA Lit, and Why Everyone Should Read It

July 27th, 2011

Maureen Johnson brought my attention to a great post this morning on In The Library With The Lead Pipe by Gretchen Kolderup, a YA librarian, about everything that’s great about the category, and why people should read it. It’s a long post, but well worth your time. I just wanted to pull out some of […]

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More on Parenting and Reading

July 7th, 2011

Yesterday saw two YA authors on NPR debating the issue of whether YA is too dark with the author of several essays in the Wall Street Journal that high-handedly suggested that they are. Over and over over the course of an hour and a half of these debates, I listened to people talk about how […]

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