Monthly Archives: October 2013

Use Your Gray Matter: Were the (original) American Girls Slatebreakers?

It must be nice to retire at the young age of 27. In turns out that in doll years, however, 27 is ancient. I recently learned that Molly McIntire, one of the fictional girls of the American Girl series and … Continue reading

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Review: The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand

The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand. Simon & Schuster, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Ghost Story / Fantasy Face Value: This is an excellent middle grade cover – exactly the kind of cover I would have been drawn to when … Continue reading

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Review: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. Delacorte Press, 2012. Currently available. Age Range & Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Face Value: This cover is ok. I’m not enthralled with the dreamy blowing-flowers-into-the-air situation, but at least we see a real girl’s face. The … Continue reading

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Review: The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman. Knopf, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Horror / Dystopia Face Value: While this isn’t exactly a cover that I tried to read in public so that people would be intrigued by it, it’s a perfectly … Continue reading

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Review: After Iris by Natasha Farrant

After Iris by Natasha Farrant. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction Face Value: Designers take notes. This is what a middle grade cover should look like. It’s age appropriate, but it’s also cool and … Continue reading

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Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. Bloomsbury, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Realistic Fiction Face Value: This is a totally acceptable cover for contemporary YA fiction. The cover model looks appropriately vintage and the photo background hints at the unusual vintage twist … Continue reading

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Review: The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler

The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler. Knopf, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Fiction, Ghost Story Face Value: This cover is suitably creepy, period appropriate and intriguing. While it’s not the most original I’ve ever seen, it’s more than acceptable. Does … Continue reading

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