October 22, 2016

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The Serpent King

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner March 2016, Random House Reviewed from an ARC This is a three star title, and had some conversation in the comments of our initial list post. Of course, I’m unable to say definitively whether or not it’s at the table for RealCommittee, but I’m always intrigued by religious themed (or […]

Burn Baby Burn

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina Candlewick, March 2016 Reviewed from an ARC Can I rave for a minute? What a title! And what a cover, too. Medina manages to blend a lot of elements beautifully and smoothly. With four stars and a place on the NBA longlist, this read has a lot going for […]

More questions than answers here

Like Joy, I’ve got a double feature: two titles with strong reviews (My Name is Not Friday has three stars; The Bitter Side of Sweet has four), good writing, and memorable characterization. These two titles are both important reads. But are they Printz contenders? My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter Scholastic, January 2016 […]

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston Dutton, March 2016 Reviewed from a final copy I’m not for sure where I’m landing in this review, so I guess I’ll have to write it and see where I end up. Ha, I guess I’m flying right now, and I’m hoping this review (or you all, […]

The V-Word

The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex edited by Amber J. Keyser Simon Pulse, February 2016 Reviewed from final copy So this year, I’m starting out with what I can only describe as the “out of left field contender of my heart.” I thought this would be a quick read that I’d be able to check off […]

Finding the Fun

If you’re in Boston, chances are you are probably not reading this post, you lucky people! But for all of us #alaleftbehind here are some digital options. Just because we’re not physically there doesn’t mean we need to be entirely absent. So what links do you want to keep open in your tabs? Here, of […]


Infandous by Elana K Arnold March 2015, Carolrhoda Lab Reviewed from final ebook I’ve been on a bit of a strange kick here at the end of this season. Untwine and Moonshot in particular really blew me away, but didn’t pick up a lot of stars between them. Infandous is somewhat similar in that it […]

Graphic Novels, redux

OK, I know I’ve already said it’s been quite a year for historical fiction (and, you know, I stand by that), but we’ve had some amazing graphic novels to read this year, too. I don’t know if we’ll replicate This One Summer’s total dominance at the YMAs (OK, maybe I’m slightly overstating there!), but I […]


Untwine by Edwidge Danticat Scholastic, September 2015 Reviewed from final copy Can I admit something embarrassing? This is the first time I’m reading Edwidge Danticat. I’ve been recommending her for years to eager readers, but I haven’t actually sat down and read any myself, until now. But what a title to start with: Untwine has […]


Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older Arthur A. Levine Books, June 2015 Reviewed from an ARC And now we are at the review I’ve been most excited about all year! The one that made me curse the linear nature of the calendar year, and the September publication date (editing note: I just found out Amazon listed this […]


Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 2015 Reviewed from an ARC So, confession time: I haven’t finished this book yet. I was originally scheduled for my usual Friday post, and I figured I’d have enough time to get to the last page and type up my thoughts in my […]

Sort of historical

I have just realized that we’ve reviewed a lot of historical fiction this year. Karyn was talking about a strong year for fantasy, but I’m over here impressed by historical fiction in 2015. Or our sort-of-historicals, as is the case for one of these. This week, we’ve got two past winners, and both authors provide […]

Show and Prove

Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero Knopf Books for Young Readers, July 2015 Reviewed from a ARC Karyn started out the week gushing about what a banner year for fantasy it is. I’m a little closer to Joy’s wavelength because I’ve got some (historical) realistic fiction to cover in this post. Joy also talked about SIGNIFICANCE […]

The Bunker Diary

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks Carolrhoda Lab/Penguin, March, 2015 Reviewed from a final copy So way back a few weeks ago, Karyn mentioned that she found Tightrope Walkers too dark and oppressive to really sit with. I immediately began to wonder, what did I miss? Why didn’t the darkness affect me? Was I fooled […]

2015 Nonfiction Part Two

 Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum Viking, May 2015 Reviewed from final copy Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, May 2015 Reviewed from final copy We’ve got two nonfiction reads. They’re both short, they’ve both received a lot […]


We’ve spent the week looking at Printzbery books: the stuff that falls on the young end here, but is still eligible and worth the conversation. But here for our Friday read, I’ve got a totally different direction to take: two memoirs with distinctive voices: two very different reads. Ironically, the only thing they may have […]


Nimona by Noelle Stevenson HarperTeen, May 2015 Reviewed from final copy I’ve been considering this a graphic novel roundup — we’re short on time, you may have heard? — but now that I’m sitting down to write it, I’m finding myself with a lot to say about Nimona. I can’t guarantee that we’ll have a […]

The Game of Love and Death

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, April 2015 Reviewed from an ARC Last week, I spent my time talking about unusual formats. This week, I’m not dealing with an unsual format — just straight up prose here, folks — but this title does have a unique feel. It’s like […]

Double Trouble

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest Scholastic, May 2015 Reviewed from a final copy Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasaak-Lowy Simon & Schuster, April 2015 Reviewed from an ARC And hey! It’s a twofer Friday to balance out our start to the week. We’ve got two […]

Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman HarperCollins, April 2015 Reviewed from a final copy Six starred reviews. One of the titles on the NBA longlist. This is a deeply personal story, one that has authenticity and hope. Although I’m still frantically reading 2015 titles, this is the book that has me excited at this point in the […]