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March 27, 2015

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13 Thoughts Author Carrie Mesrobian Had About The Walking Dead

13 Thoughts Author Carrie Mesrobian Had About The Walking Dead

If you follow author Carrie Mesrobian on Twitter, you know that she is a big fan of The Walking Dead. She is part of the reason that this week became Zombie Week, our shared love of zombies and The Walking Dead. So to round up Zombie Week, Carrie Mesrobian is sharing some thoughts she has […]

Friday Finds – March 27, 2015

Friday Finds – March 27, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On Trying to Be Better Zombie Love: Why Are Zombie Things So Popular? (A guest post by Geri Diorio) Middle Grade Monday – Women in Fiction Book Review: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach #FSYALIT Girls Like Me Don’t: Thoughts on Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally, […]

Round 3, Match 2: The Port Chicago 50 vs West of the Moon

Round 3, Match 2: The Port Chicago 50 vs West of the Moon

JUDGE – MARCUS SEDGWICK The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams Chalk and cheese. Apples and Oranges. I know I’m not the only judge to wonder how on Earth to put two novels into direct competition with each other and pronounce one to be the […]

Take 5 for Zombie Week: Variant Zombie Tales

Take 5 for Zombie Week: Variant Zombie Tales

I like a good zombie book. I also love a good zombie book which presents a variation on the traditional zombie tale. Sure I like them dark and scary and brooding. I like a good old fashioned zombie plague as much as the next living undead person. But I also love to read a new […]

Signal to Noise, Music & Magic

Signal to Noise, Music & Magic

I am so excited to introduce this small press title today. Signal to Noise is a perfect young adult crossover novel, full of appeal, diverse characters & setting, wonderful writing–and magic. What I love about this book is that even in the 2009 sections, when its characters are adults, Meche still has that sulky teen […]

Links: Reading Gotham Academy

Links: Reading Gotham Academy

Ardo Omer hosts a fascinating roundtable in which a group of YA book bloggers, some of whom are comics fans and some of whom are new to comics, read and discuss Gotham Academy, DC’s teen series set in the world of Batman. Travis Jonker interviews writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Jillian Tamaki, the creators of […]

#FSYALit Book Review (and more): What If I’m an Atheist?

#FSYALit Book Review (and more): What If I’m an Atheist?

  What If I’m an Atheist?: A Teen’s Guide to Exploring Life Without Religion by David Seidman REVIEW COPY COURTESY OF EDELWEISS ISBN-13: 9781582704074 Publisher: Simon Pulse Publication date: 3/10/2015   REVIEW:  When I saw this title pop up on Edelweiss, asking for it was a no-brainer. As an atheist currently writing a novel that centers around an […]

Round 3, Match 1: Brown Girl Dreaming vs El Deafo

Round 3, Match 1: Brown Girl Dreaming vs El Deafo

JUDGE – KEKLA MAGOON Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Publisher El Deafo by Cece Bell Publisher So…yeah. No pressure. “Just choose your favorite of the two Newbery Honor books, Sophie.” Sheesh. Don’t get me wrong—I was thrilled to learn that I’d be judging El Deafo by Cece Bell and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline […]

Review of the Day: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Review of the Day: Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower By Greg Pizzoli Viking (an imprint of Penguin Group USA) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-01652-5 Ages 8-11 On shelves now I was listening to a favorite podcast of mine the other day when the panelists began discussing the difference between heist films and […]

Cover Curiosity: Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird

Cover Curiosity: Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird

Usually during these Cover Curiosity posts I highlight two unrelated books that (for a variety of reasons) have similar covers. Today I have to make an exception and talk about two related books, mostly because one of them has one of the most recognizable covers of all time, and the other is bound to be […]

The Walking Dead Video Game, a guest review by Nita Tyndall

The Walking Dead Video Game, a guest review by Nita Tyndall

Today for Zombie Week Nita Tyndall is reviewing The Walking Dead video game. Thanks Nita!   When The Walking Dead show first premiered, it was a show my dad and I got into, curled up on the couch on Sunday evenings because my mom thought it was too gory and didn’t want to watch people […]

#FSYALIT Girls Like Me Don’t: Thoughts on Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally, a guest post by Katelyn Browne

#FSYALIT Girls Like Me Don’t: Thoughts on Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally, a guest post by Katelyn Browne

I moved a lot growing up. “A different school every other grade” kind of a lot. It’s usually the first thing I tell people when I’m trying to explain why I am the way I am, or why I can’t just tell you where I’m from. That’s one thing that makes me very different from […]

Links: Lots of Jem and the Holograms Reviews!

Links: Lots of Jem and the Holograms Reviews!

At Panel Patter, Rob McMonigal interviews Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, creators of This One Summer. Doug TenNapel talks about his newest graphic novel, Nnewts. The graphic novel nominees have been announced for Maryland’s Black Eyed Susan Awards, which highlight books for readers in grades 4-6. At Mental Floss, Rich Barrett compiles a list of 10 […]

Round 2, Match 4: This One Summer vs West of the Moon

Round 2, Match 4: This One Summer vs West of the Moon

JUDGE – ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON This One Summer by Albert Martin Knopf/Random House West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams One of the joys of first person narratives is being able to share, for a moment, the intimacy of another person’s perspective. It isn’t just the knowledge of their private lives or secrets […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#29)

One Star Review Guess Who? (#29)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? As I am writing this review a song plays faintly in my mind: Sweet dreams are made of these Who am I to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas Everybody’s looking for something Some of them want to use […]

The Walking Dead: The Comics VS. The TV Show (a guest post by Geri Diorio)

Today for Zombie Week librarian Geri Diorio is joining us once again to talk about The Walking Dead graphic novel series and how it compares to the TV show. WARNING! SPOILERS for the comic up to issue 138 and the show as of March 15, 2015 The Walking Dead may be one of the most […]

Unexplored History

Unexplored History

Today we look at two fabulous historical fiction works exploring historical periods unfamiliar to most Americans. First up is a starred review of Michelle Moran’s Rebel Queen, which tells the story of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Specifically, it tracks the exploits of Rani Lakshmi, the queen of a smallish kingdom in northern India called […]

Book Review: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Book Review: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Imagine if The Breakfast Club was set not during Saturday detention but during the weeks leading up to the apocalypse.   In the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions, We All Looked Up is a story about Andy (the stoner punk who’s in the charmingly named band Perineum), Eliza (the artist with a reputation […]

Round 2, Match 3: The Madman of Piney Woods vs The Port Chicago 50

Round 2, Match 3: The Madman of Piney Woods vs The Port Chicago 50

JUDGE – ELIZABETH WEIN The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curts Scholastic The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan Every year, as the Battle Commander gears up for the School Library Journal Battle of the Books, I think I’m going to read all these books. It’s only sixteen and I have […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Andrew Smith

Walking and Talking with . . . Andrew Smith

That’s right. Andrew Smith. And it’s fantastic. The latest in Steve Sheinkin’s series “Walking and Talking”. Enjoy it. Big time thanks to Steve for putting these together and for this one in particular. Previous editions of this series include: Walking and Talking with John Corey Whaley Walking and Talking with Jenni Holm Walking and Talking […]