BOOK REPORT for That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson
Bucolic BattlefieldBFF Charm:
Annoying Little BrotherRelationship Status:
Keep Calm and Carry On
Cover Story: Bucolic Battlefield
This cover manages to make war seem like something that happens at a distance. It’s lovely, but it’s also a Standard Historical Fiction Cover: soft, sepia-toned people caught in a specific moment.
It’s 1940 in England. Peggy and her ...
In celebration and honor of this weekend’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s take a look at some of the recent and upcoming books about the Civil Rights Movement!
While they are certainly not the most recent books on the list, John Lewis’ March: Book One, Two, and Three are most immediately on my mind—partly because Lewis is the last living speaker from the March on Washington, and partly because he’s been in the news so much this weekend. March ...
BOOK REPORT for History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Night and DayBFF Charm:
Big SisterSwoonworthy Scale:
Past and PresentAnti-Bonus Factor:
Mental IllnessRelationship Status:
Let’s Be Friends
Cover Story: Night and Day
One boy walks in the night. The other, in the day. Never the twain shall meet.
Theo was Griffin’s first love. But when Theo moved to California to go to college, Griffin tested out that ...
The American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting starts in a little under two weeks. Most people look forward to the conference because it’s when the Youth Media Awards are held—when we get to find out which books won the Newbery and the Caldecott and the Printz and the Pura Belpré and the Stonewall and the Coretta Scott King awards. For award and book list committee members—the folks who are tasked with actually making those decisions and drawing up all of those ...
BOOK REPORT for Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Big Top, Big SkirtBFF Charm:
Cheap Thrill Seekers, Vendors and the DealersBonus Factors:
Traveling Carnival, Mysterious Loner Dude, DiversityRelationship Status:
Lurking in the Shadows
Cover Story: Big Top, Big Skirt
Aside from the literal “under her skirt” commentary this cover elicits, I like it—the mysterious tattooed girl, a full moon, a carnival, and a lone wolf are all elements that ...
PHEW! I finally finished listing my favorites of 2016, and now it’s time to start the merry-go-round up again and look at the new releases of January 2017.
Here are a few of the titles that I’m planning on picking up:
Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson
After a court case that was covered nationally, fifteen-year-old Mary is in “baby jail” for allegedly killing a 3-month-old. Devastating and difficult topics—race and reproductive rights within the prison-industrial complex—but, according to the Kirkus review ...
Here I am, at the end of the year… with the end of my reading year. If you’d like to catch up on the first three installments, here are the links: January-March, April-June, July-September.
And now, on with the show!
October: Wrecked, by Maria Padian
I have read a lot—A LOT—of books that deal with sexual assault and rape culture this year. SO MANY. And so, so many of them were standouts for a plethora of reasons. Three examples!: Peggy ...