November 17, 2017

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Review From This Month’s School Library Journal: About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of School Library Journal.   ★ 06/01/2015 Gr 10 Up—The […]

Book Review: Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding

You know how some days you’re just kind of like, bleeeeergh, I don’t like anything, and you have a million books piled next to your bed, but none of them are speaking to you right then? And then you find the perfect book that just kind of swallows you whole and makes you forget why […]

Book Review: Joyride by Anna Banks

In Joyride, by Anna Banks, Carly and Arden find themselves falling for each other, against all odds. 16-year-old Carly Vega works the graveyard shift at a local gas station. She turns over all of her earnings to her older brother, Julio, as they work hard to pull together enough money to smuggle their parents and […]

Book Review: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

In Will Walton’s Anything Could Happen, 15-year-old Tretch realizes he is in love with Matt, his straight best friend, while sitting together in church and hearing the message “hold fast to that which is good.” Tretch isn’t out yet, even though he suspects that Matt, who has two gay dads (and is often assumed to […]

Book Review: The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

There are some books that you finish and think, well, that’s it—I can’t pick up another book today. Gotta let this one sit. Bill Konigsberg’s The Porcupine of Truth is one of those books. In fact, I suspect I will be thinking about this book for a long time to come. This was the 65th […]

Book Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

In Sarah Dessen’s latest novel, Saint Anything, we meet main character Sydney at a turning point in her life. Her brother Peyton, in and out of trouble since middle school, has just been sentenced to time in prison for a drunk driving accident that severely injured another teen boy. Sydney’s parents, especially her mother, are […]

Book review: Vanished by E.E. Cooper

In E.E. Cooper’s Vanished, Kalah is left to put together the pieces of a mystery after one of her best friends disappears and another commits suicide.   Kalah, a junior, is newly best friends with seniors Beth and Britney, who have a long history of fighting and making up. Kalah and Beth have been hooking […]

Book Review: Finding Paris by Joy Preble

Finding Paris by Joy Preble Spoiler-free part of the review: Sisters Paris and Leo (Leonora) always look out for one another. Throughout their mother’s many boyfriends and their many moves, they’ve found comfort in sticking together. Paris has recently graduated from Las Vegas High. Leo is focused on her future, busy studying for the SATs […]

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins with bonus guest post!

Harper Price is back, and just as fun as the first time! This week the sequel to Rachel Hawkins fabulous Rebel Belle hit the shelves, continuing the story of Harper Price, high school queen bee turned magical Paladin. Harper’s boyfriend David (former nemesis turned supernatural powerhouse that she is compelled to protect) is “fine?” Everything […]

Book Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

In I. W. Gregorio’s None of the Above, things are going pretty well for 18-year-old Krissy. She’s headed to State on a sports scholarship, has been dating Sam for 5 months, and always has her lifelong two best friends, Vee and Faith, by her side. We’re introduced to her on the morning of Homecoming. That […]

Book Review: Beast in the Mirror by Laura Bradley Rede

In Beast in the Mirror, a novella by Laura Bradley Rede, the story of Beauty and the Beast is reimagined with an interesting twist—Beast is a girl.   17-year-old Bella, a model, is just out of rehab for anorexia. She flies to Ireland to meet up with her cousin James, a photographer. Bella explains that […]

Book Review: Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

Please go buy this book. Buy it for your library, your classroom, your kids, your friends’ kids, your neighbors, yourself. Maybe, just to be safe, buy like 10 copies, so you have plenty to hand out for gifts. This book would make a great graduation present, a birthday present for kids of all ages, and […]

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, […]

#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 […]

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 […]

Book Review: The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

Look, it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Maureen Johnson. You didn’t know? Do you live under a rock? I follow her everywhere – Tumblr, Twitter, etc. She has a fantastically skewed sense of humor that I find appealing, and I love how much she cares about the young people for whom she […]

In the Most Recent Issue of SLJ

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of School Library Journal.   Rockin’ the Boat: 50 […]

Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Here’s my not-super-professional review of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: I LOVE IT! GO BUY IT FOR YOURSELF, YOUR LIBRARY, YOUR KIDDOS, WHOEVER!   Okay, so now that that’s out of my system….   Simon’s classmate Martin takes a screen shot of an email that would out Simon as gay. Martin blackmails […]