Monthly Archives: June 2012

Review: Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke & Illustrated by Kerstin Meyer

Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke. Illustrated by Kerstin Meyer. Translated by Chantal Wright. Scholastic, 2007. Currently available. Genre: Picture book Face Value: Very appealing. I love Kerstin Meyer’s charming illustrations, and the image on the cover is captivating – a … Continue reading

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Review: Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis

Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction (YA) Face Value: I love this cover. It hints at what the book is about without sensationalizing and it’s simple and clean but still … Continue reading

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Summer Week Review: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. Armistad, 2010 (Currently Available) Genre: Historical Fiction Face Value: Seriously, one of the best. There’s so much to like about this cover. First, it absolutely feels like summer, without looking like a beach story. … Continue reading

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Summer Week Review: The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. Penguin, 2004. Currently available. Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Face Value: This one has a very subtle cover design. Cutaway hearts in a triangle formation give us a glimpse of three girls casually lying in … Continue reading

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Summer Week Review: Twenty Boy Summer

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. Little Brown and Company, 2009. Currently Available. Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction (YA) Face Value: It’s not bad, actually. I think the title of this book is terribly misleading, and doesn’t really get at the … Continue reading

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Summer Week Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. Penguin, 2009. Currently available. Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Face Value: Sarah Dessen’s books are notorious victims of terrible covers. The pink-tinged girly frivolity of the cover often betrays the depth of the writing … Continue reading

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Summer Books Week: Celebrating a Slatebreaking Year!

It’s summertime. And Brianna just moved to Wisconsin, where it’s actually beautiful and people like to be outside in the summer (I am still here in Phoenix where it’s 110 and summer means that we hide out inside in the … Continue reading

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