April 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox


People, it’s close to midnight and while something may not be lurking in the darkness of my hallway, it is getting late. I want to scream, but my terror of waking the small humans in the apartment takes the sound from me. Yeah…I wanted to write up a hilarious but dark introduction that played with […]

More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera Soho Teen, June 2015 Reviewed from e-ARC This is the kind of book that can’t be discussed deeply without spoiling it. Big spoilers ahead; watch out.  If you could forget the most painful memories of your life, would you? Maybe you’ve seen this scenario play out in Eternal Sunshine of the […]

Haunting Historicals: Razorhurst

Razorhurst, Justine Larbalestier Soho Teen, March 2015 Reviewed from final e-copy This seems to be a divisive book. It picked up four stars right out of the gate, but in conversation with readers (mostly librarians), I’ve found the majority didn’t love it, although not necessarily for reasons that matter for Printz. It’s a genre-blender — […]

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, Adele Griffin Soho Teen, August 2014 Reviewed from final copy A few weeks ago, I reviewed How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon. It’s not immediately obvious, but that title shares remarkable similarities with Adele Griffin’s faux-nonfiction novel, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone. Both books focus on dead teens, […]

Pictures of the Week: Libba Bray Performs at Soho Teen Launch Party; Jerry Spinelli Discusses his Latest Novel

Author Libba Bray performed with her band Tiger Beat at the Soho Teen launch party, and Newbery award winner Jerry Spinelli discussed his newest book, Hokey Pokey, with librarians.