BOOK REPORT for The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Cover Story: Montell Jordan
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: 2 Legit 2 Quit
Bonus Factors: YA Clichés, Non–After School Special
Relationship Status: Extraordinary
Cover Story: Montell Jordan
This cover is a mothercussing masterpiece. Josh Cochran's illustrations are playful while accurate (and remind me of Noelle Stevenson's Fangirl art, which is always a good thing), and get this ...
I delight in attending crime-fiction conventions, be they America’s Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime or (someday, I hope) Britain’s CrimeFest and Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. The chance to chat up authors one has come to know only through their published works and, in my case, hang around with other critics and swap reading recommendations (as well as tidbits of industry gossip), is well worth the cost of any travel involved.
But my preference is always to be in ...
...to all the children of the
Caribbean (no matter your age).
See, you have fairy tales too.
The Jumbies is a middle grade novel, which is geared a bit younger than what I usually cover here. I’ve given it a pass for a few reasons, but the most important one is this ...
The Ananke was beautiful, its gravity-producing mass nestled in its center, contained by a cage of sparking magnets, with the rest of the ship curling out over the core, the lights of windows studding its black spiral like bioluminescence. When it drifted through black space, it looked like an extinct creature of Terran ocean depths, a creature out of time and into space. The Ananke was Althea’s in heart of not in law, and Althea knew her every inch.
When you’re engaging a young child in early literacy, it can be so much fun for both you and the child that you hardly realize you’re doing it. Children are naturally drawn to rhythms and rhymes and word play, the building blocks of literacy and even poetry, and when you find a great collection of poetry and verses for wee ones, it’s a pleasure for all involved.
Sometimes, however, it’s hard to find those solidly good collections of early rhymes ...
Recently, I was stunned to discover that Sherry Thomas, one of my favorite writers, has never hit the NYT bestsellers list!
People! People, please! Do yourself a favor. If you haven’t already, pick up one of her books!
(Am I using enough exclamation points? Do you feel my urgency on this matter?!)
Now, I know many of you romance readers are ST fans. She routinely ends up on Best-Ever romance lists, and it’s never a surprise when authors claim her ...
As I wend my way down to Baltimore for KidLitCon 2015, I’m sending you on your own journey—across the solar system!
Sun: I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
I covered this one last fall, but it’s such a joy of a read that it deserves another mention. Twins Noah and Jude alternate chapters—Noah in the past, and Jude in the present day—to tell the story of how they went from tighter-than-tight to entirely estranged. It’s a story that ...
When the words Cosmic Horror are uttered, one typically thinks of the master of the subject, H.P. Lovecraft. There are others out there, though, and readers are beginning to rediscover one such author, William Sloane, whose two novels have recently been released as a single omnibus, The Rim of Morning: Two Tales Of Cosmic Horror.
William Milligan Sloane III was born on August 15th, 1906, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and received his education at The Hill School, a private school ...