Monthly Archives: May 2012

Use Your Gray Matter: Summer Reading

Use Your Gray Matter: Summer Reading Temperatures are rising and university courses are wrapping up. Soon, our friends in elementary, middle, and high schools will be out for the summer as well. Because I work with young people, my life … Continue reading

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Review: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. Penguin, 2012. Currently Available. Joint Review: Since Brianna is moving to Wisconsin this week and we both have been excited about this one for awhile, we decided to take advantage of the opportunity and write a … Continue reading

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Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valence. Feiwel and Friends, 2011. Currently available. Genre: Fantasy Face Value: Simply enchanting. It presents as exactly what it is: a luscious fairy tale. The … Continue reading

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Review: With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo. Margaret Ferguson Books, 2011. Currently Available Genre: Historical Fiction Face Value: Gorgeous. I love this cover. I love the illustration. I love the look on Ollie’s face. I love the flyers falling … Continue reading

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Review: The List by Siobhan Vivian

The List by Siobhan Vivian. Scholastic, 2012. Currently available. Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic Fiction Face Value: We’ve got a headless body count of three here, which is not ideal. However, the girl at the center of the image has all … Continue reading

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Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Fantasy Face Value: Though this book has some signifiers that I usually don’t like, with a girl in a fancy dress looking off into the distance, I’ll give … Continue reading

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Review: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett & Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. Balzer + Bray, 2012. Currently available. Genre: Picture book Face Value: To die for. Jon Klassen’s illustrations throughout the book are worthy of framing, but the cover is especially dynamic. I love … Continue reading

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