It’s the end of July!
In January, I would have thought I’d be in Orlando this week for RWA, but life has a way of happening when we’re making other plans, doesn’t it?
In fact the whole last month has been full of surprises for me, mostly good, some not so good—and while I’ve had to adjust some expectations, overall it’s been a good reminder that even when life doesn’t go the way we expect, often the end result is ...
Are you feeling stuck in a literary rut? Dr. John has the cure!
OK, I confess. I am not an actual doctor, but I do have a tempting selection of notable debut novels that just hit the bookstore shelves. If you're looking for something new, read one of these and call me in the morning...
Like a Fly on the Wall by Simone Kelly
In this suspenseful tale, a chance meeting leads to possible romance and uncovered secrets ...
BOOK REPORT for Of Jenny and the Aliens by Ryan Gebhart
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Cover Story: Emoji Rebus
Did you know that the red-haired girl emoji was named Jenny? Me neither.
Derek is a teenage boy dealing with two things outside of the normal teenage boy issues. No. 1: he’s madly in love with ...
Everything is fine in the once demon-infested San Francisco – ever since the events in Heroine Complex three months ago. Everybody is happy in the small family built around heroines Evie and Aveda, and the team has been chilling out and taking a well-deserved break from fighting for their lives. Except that is, for Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang) herself.
It’s hard not to be on a mission, saving the world all the time. It’s hard not to be needed ...
I know only too well what happens to the new ones who are brought here. Gradually they are convinced to change, molded to be who we tell them they are. But there’s another unanswered question:
What happens to the ones who leave?
The Special Ones live on a secluded farmstead surrounded by high walls topped with barbed wire. They live without electricity, running water, and modern conveniences. By day, they do their ...
Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”
Evidently, Ed Young created the story, based on Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick, in illustrations. Following that, Barbara wrote words for the images ...
Seymour Simon photographed by Charles Harbutt.
In 2003, the New York Times referred to children’s book author Seymour Simon as the “dean” of science books for child readers. Simon, who was a classroom teacher for nearly 25 years, has been making books (more than 300 now) for nearly 50 years, and nothing much is stopping him.
This August sees the publication of Rocks & Minerals, another addition to Seymour’s Harper series of photo-essay nonfiction titles. Quoting poet William Blake in the Author’s Note of his new ...
It’s been a long time since I binge read anyone, but The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner recently became available on audio, and I scooped it up.
I’ve heard about this series for years, from people all over, and I expected it would be good given the many accolades it’s received, but I didn’t expect it would be so good I wouldn’t want to stop listening. I just started Book 3, The King of Attolia, and while the ...