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Review: Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs

Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs. Candlewick Press, 2014. Currently available. Age Level & Genre: YA contemporary realistic fiction Face Value: This is a subtle, beautiful cover. The Egg Drop diner is a key location in the book, and the … Continue reading

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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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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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Best of 2013: Our Favorite Middle Grade Titles

Compiling our favorite books of the year has become one of our favorite things that we do on the blog. It’s a great opportunity to look through last year’s reviews and see what stuck with us. This list of ten … Continue reading

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Review: Heaven is Paved With Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Heaven is Paved With Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Currently available. Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction. Face Value: Cover tropes collide: a headless girl, Converse sneakers, and oh of course something with cow print because it’s set … Continue reading

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Review: I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. Doubleday, 2010. Currently available. Genre: YA Fantasy Face Value: I’m afraid to admit this, but…the cover is too “fantasy” for me. Fantasy is not a genre I typically read, but I make exceptions … Continue reading

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Review: Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre

Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre. First Second Books, 2012. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel Face Value: I love it. The whole terrific cast of child characters graces the cover, with Claudette front and center, taking the lead. … Continue reading

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Review: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. First Second Books, 2011. Currently available. Genre: YA Graphic Novel Face Value: Let me tell you a little story about when I first met this book. I was moseying through an enchanting little bookstore in Spring … Continue reading

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Review: Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray

Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray. Little, Brown, and Company, 2011. Currently available. Genre: YA Fiction Face Value: Oh my goodness. Here we have a severe example of the male gaze ruining a book cover. As Sarah so beautifully said when … Continue reading

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Review: Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming. Viking, 2010. Currently available. Genre: Middle Grade Non-Fiction Face Value: I have a penchant for all things vintage, and this terrific cover evokes 1930s print advertisements in homage to Amelia’s media heyday. I like it … Continue reading

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