BOOK REPORT for Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Cover Story: Sparse and Simple
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Research and Russian
Bonus Factors: Culture Shock, Child Prodigy, Reverse Ferris, Sarcastic Older Brother
Relationship Status: Just Friends
Cover Story: Sparse and Simple
Even though I don't find this to be out-of-this-world fantastic—it's missing a little je ne said quoi (or, more fittingly, ya ne znayu)—the censored countdown to the asteroid's ...
You can be excused for confusing Richard Denning with Richard Deming. It’s easily and often done. The former was a New York-born film and TV actor who, during the mid-20th century, appeared in a variety of science-fiction and horror flicks (notably 1954’s Creature from the Black Lagoon and the next year’s Day the World Ended), and starred in a couple of small-screen mystery dramas: Mr. and Mrs. North (1952-1954), based on Frances and Richard Lockridge’s long-running amateur-sleuth series; and ...
This is too weird. This afternoon I was failing my computer science test and now it’s all Attack of Dakota the Acid-Tongued Douchebag.
—Flying, by Carrie Jones
Seventeen-year-old Mana is a star on the cheerleading squad, though decidedly less stellar in the classroom. She’s not looking forward to her best friend Lyle going off to college next year—he’s a senior, she’s a junior—and she’s also wrestling with her changing feelings towards him, feelings that she hasn’t entirely admitted even ...
Monsters, Monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Two households, both alike in (in)dignity, in (un)fair Verity City, where the indomitable Victoria "V.E." Schwab lays her scene. A recent grudge breaks to a new unthinkable mutiny ...
One of the greatest joys for parents and educators is to witness, first-hand, children learning to read independently. This week, I’ve got several new and upcoming books on the mind that will engage emerging readers. Let’s get right to it.
I’ll start with my favorite of the lot, because it makes me laugh. Salina Yoon’s Duck, Duck, Porcupine!, released in May, is a set of three very short stories about a Big Duck, her Little Duck, and their porcupine friend ...
Does June always zoom by faster than you expect it to? Because July 1st is TOMORROW.
Here are a few of the upcoming titles that I’ve got on deck:
Shiny Broken Pieces, by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Talk about PERFECT summer reading material! The first book in the series, Tiny Pretty Things, is about psychological warfare and ambition and desperation in a prestigious ballet school in New York City. Based on all of the chatter I’ve seen about it ...
Last week I mentioned that I was in the middle of Nine Women, One Dress and was loving it so far. I have to say, this book was truly delightful and it’s definitely a summer pick.
From the ninety-year-old designer who creates The Dress of the season; to the trio of Bloomingdale’s sales workers who act like good fairies for favorite clients; to the movie star who isn’t gay but meets the girl of his dreams because she ...
If your summer reading is not yet in full swing, you will have a lot of catching up to do. Check out these intriguing titles from the land of speculative fiction and tell me I'm wrong.
For starters, if you are a reader not well-versed in the realms of science fiction and fantasy, a safe bet for an enjoyable read is something that sits towards the literary end of the reading spectrum. To that end, I would suggest either ...