Author Archives: Brianna

Review: Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill. Henry Holt and Company, 2013. Currently available. Age Level & Genre: Middle grade historical fiction Face Value: LeUyen Pham created phenomenal illustrations for the whole book, and the cover is the crown jewel. … Continue reading

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Review: Freedom Heroines by Frieda Wishinsky

Freedom Heroines by Frieda Wishinsky. Scholastic, 2012. Currently Available.  Age Level & Genre: Non-Fiction Face Value: I think that this cover is the way that many non-fiction books for young readers have to look now: edgy and cool. Let’s face … Continue reading

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Review: The Sound of Your Voice…Only Really Far Away by Frances O’Roark Dowell

The Sound of Your Voice…Only Really Far Away by Frances O’Roark Dowell. Age Level & Genre: Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Face Value: I’m getting a little bored with the “shoes and ankles that represent a character’s personality” theme on book … Continue reading

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Review: The Riddle of Prague by Laura DeBruce

The Riddle of Prague by Laura DeBruce. CreateSpace, 2013. Currently available. Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery Face Value: I read an e-book copy and didn’t spend a lot of time looking at the cover, but I really do like the image. There … Continue reading

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Review: Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes

Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes. Green Willow Books, 2013. Currently available.  Age Level & Genre: Picture book fiction. Face Value: It looks like every other Kevin Henkes book, which is to say that it looks very mild and … Continue reading

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Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky. Delacorte, 2007. Currently Available. Age Level & Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Face Value: This is a great cover. It’s simple and funny. Unfortunately, the book didn’t really live up to the potential of … Continue reading

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2013 Reading Goals Revisited: A Reading Bingo Reflection

You may recall a time in early 2013 when I set a goal for myself involving a “Reading Bingo” card. This was in the halcyon days of the year, months before I even considered some of the big transitions that … Continue reading

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Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. Currently Available. Age Level & Genre: Contemporary YA Realistic Fiction Face Value: I love it! Rowell’s covers are illustrated in a beautiful, simple style. They look quirky and charming, which I would … Continue reading

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Best of 2013: Our Favorite Young Adult Titles

Once again we have done the tough job of reading scads of YA novels published this year and culling them down to our favorites. Just kidding…it’s not a tough job. We love it! We each have selected five of (in … Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Guide Roundup

In the past, we have compiled a Slatebreakers holiday gift guide. But why reinvent the wheel when other smart people around the Internet are already putting together neat gift guides? Here’s a sampling of a few gift guides that fans … Continue reading

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