Monthly Archives: July 2011

Review: The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg. DC Comics, 2007. Currently available. Genre: YA Graphic Novel Face Value: Bold and incredibly cool, this cover is hard to miss. There is a mix of graphic and photographic. We have … Continue reading

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Review: Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell Atheneum, 2011 (currently available) Genre: Contemporary Realism Face Value: Actually, I love this cover a lot! It looks like the cover designer actually read the book and designed accordingly, and the girl … Continue reading

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Fancy Nancy & the Male Gaze

This post inaugurates a new feature category here at Slatebreakers in which we critically analyze some aspect of kidlit or YA. We’re calling it “Use Your Gray Matter.” This category is named after a line of dialogue from one of … Continue reading

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Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent, by Veronica Roth Katherine Tegen Books, 2011 (currently available) Genre: Dystopian Speculative Fiction Face Value: This cover suggests to the world that you are reading the Next Big Thing in YA Dystopian Fiction. This is fine, because that is … Continue reading

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You can break a slate with a wand: Hermione Granger’s Top 5 Moments

The release the of last Harry Potter movie gives us an excuse to do some writing about one of our favorite Slatebreakers, the brilliant and brave Hermione Granger. We could go on for hours and many, many pages, but here … Continue reading

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Review: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares Random House, 2011 (currently available) Genre: Contemporary Realism Face Value: The cover suggests the beach read that it is, though it’s unfortunate that even this adult venture had to include a headless girl in some … Continue reading

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Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Scholastic Press, 2011. Currently available. Genre:  YA Fiction/Satire Face Value: This cover had me pulling out my credit card before I knew what the book was about or who wrote it. Let’s break it down … Continue reading

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