Monthly Archives: August 2011

Review: Pink by Lili Wilkinson

Pink by Lili Wilkinson HarperTeen, 2009 (currently available) Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction Face Value: This cover is eye catching, with the white background and giant garish lips. Yeah, they’re a little alarming, but the striking shades of lipstick reflect the … Continue reading

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Slatebreaking Books to Diversify Your Reading

At Slatebreakers, we’re constantly fighting against the stereotype that only male can be universal. But that’s not the only problem. It’s all too easy for books about white, straight characters to be read as the universal experience, while books about … Continue reading

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Slatebreaker All Stars: Four Penderwick Sisters and One Broken Slate

It is time once again to open the hallowed halls of the Slatebreaker All Stars Hall of Fame. Today is a very special occasion. We are honoring a family of four Slatebreaking sisters who consistently shatter slates and steal our … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The Problem Is Not The Books

When we read Saundra Mitchell’s blog post “The Problem Is Not the Books,” we heard the beautiful sound of a slate shattering somewhere off in the distance. Saundra has graciously allowed us to re-post this piece from her blog. And … Continue reading

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Review: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma Dutton Books, 2011 (currently available) Genre: Speculative Fiction, Contemporary Face Value: Well let’s see. We have a ghostly floating girl in a flimsy white dress. We can’t see the face of course, but at … Continue reading

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Review: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney. Little, Brown, and Company, 2010. Currently available. Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Face Value: I love a bold graphic, and this cover delivers. There is an air of mystery about this cover. The bird and tree … Continue reading

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Interview with Megan McCafferty!

As many of you probably know already, August 28, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of Megan McCafferty’s Sloppy Firsts, the first of the Jessica Darling books. We’ve already mentioned on this site that we love Jessica, but … Continue reading

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Review: Dreams of Significant Girls by Christina Garcia

Dreams of Significant Girls, by Christina Garcia Simon & Schuster, 2011. (currently available) Genre: Historical Fiction, Realism Face Value: Well it’s certainly pretty to look at, and I wasn’t embarrassed to read it on a train. And I do appreciate … Continue reading

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Review: Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Babymouse: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm. Random House, 2005. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel Face Value: This cover is vastly different from the typical primary colored, muscle man covers that you usually … Continue reading

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The Slatebreakers take on AATE!

As we’ve alluded to throughout this blog, both Brianna and I are drama educators, alongside our obsession with YA literature. Last week the two of us traveled to Chicago to attend the national conference put on by the American Alliance … Continue reading

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