Monthly Archives: March 2012

Review: The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Face Value: This cover is dynamite. The illustrator, Abigail Halpin, created this vivid depiction of Dini’s new setting – … Continue reading

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Use Your Gray Matter: Why Katniss vs. Bella Doesn’t Help Anybody

I love The Hunger Games. We both do, here on this blog. It’s no surprise – Katniss is an outstanding, unbelievably Slatebreaking character. From her fierce loyalty to her family, her amazing survival skills, her ability to outsmart almost anybody … Continue reading

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Review: Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith. Speak, 2008. Currently available. Genre: YA Historical Fiction Face Value: I find this cover captivating. Seeing a young woman of color in pilot’s garb immediately catches the eye, and it looks contemporary and historical at the … Continue reading

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Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Poppy, 2012 (Currently Available) Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction Face Value: Maybe it’s a little over the top, but I have to admit I really like this cover. The … Continue reading

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Review: Wheels of Change by Sue Macy

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy. National Geographic, 2011. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Non-Fiction Face Value: I am a fan of this cover. It has … Continue reading

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Review: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce Little, Brown & Company, 2011 (Currently Available) Genre: Fairytale Retelling Face Value: I’m kind of into it. It’s creepy, and sets the right tone, and I like the witches face appearing in the trees all people-kissing-or-a-vase-style. … Continue reading

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Review: My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry. Pictures by Mike Litwin. Jabberwocky, 2010. Currently available. Face Value: I wouldn’t have picked up this book if it didn’t have such an intriguing cover. It caught my eye from its perch on … Continue reading

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Review: Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011 (Currently Availabe) Genre: Historical Fiction Face Value: Eh. It’s all right I guess. It’s not inauthentic or particularly egregious. But Cleopatra Selene* is one of those characters who is … Continue reading

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Detectives Week: An Unabashed Love Letter to Veronica Mars

We started the week with Nancy Drew, and it’s only appropriate for us to end the week with our favorite modern girl detective, the one and only Veronica Mars. If you never watched Veronica Mars during it’s overlooked 3 seasons … Continue reading

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Detectives Week Review: Cam Jansen: The First Day of School Mystery by David A. Adler

Cam Jansen: The First Day of School Mystery by David A. Adler. Puffin Books, 2002. Currently available. Genre: Easy Reader Mystery Face Value: It’s nothing special. Honestly, I had to search for the cover online because I read this one on … Continue reading

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