Tag: Gr. 9-12

Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Lynn: Sometimes a book is just what you need at a particular time. That was the case for me with Ellen Emerson White’s A Season of Daring Greatly (2017). I’m a fan of baseball and baseball books. I love an underdog story and stories with an interesting ensemble cast. And in these challenging times, I […]

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Retelling Familiar Tales: SNOW WHITE and THE SINGING BONES

Retelling Familiar Tales: SNOW WHITE and THE SINGING BONES

Lynn: Author/artist Matt Phelan has gifted readers with a brilliant twist on a familiar tale. In Snow White (2016), set in the Roaring Twenties and Depression-Era New York, young Samantha “Snow” White loses her mother to tuberculosis. Her father, the King of Wall Street, soon marries a stunningly beautiful Queen of the Follies star who, in […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Marina Julia’s THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF

Webcomics Wednesday: Marina Julia’s THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF

In this week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday, we’re taking to the sea! Marina Julia’s supernatural tale, The House on the Cliff, takes place in a picturesque oceanside town, sharply divided by the actions of one woman. Long ago, a witch emerged from the waves, bringing along her ample powers, as well as a team of […]

Chinatown, Earthquakes, and Taking Care of Business: Stacey Lee’s OUTRUN THE MOON

Chinatown, Earthquakes, and Taking Care of Business: Stacey Lee’s OUTRUN THE MOON

Lynn: In Outrun the Moon (2016), Stacey Lee takes readers to 1906 San Francisco, introducing a feisty heroine who won’t take no for an answer.  Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong has big plans. Following the advice of a cherished business book, she plans to start her own import business and move her family out of Chinatown to Nob […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Britt Sabo’s ALL NIGHT

Webcomics Wednesday: Britt Sabo’s ALL NIGHT

In this week’s Webcomics Wednesday, we’re taking a short trip to a terrible future. Britt Sabo’s All Night imagines a world that’s come to a halt, leaving one half of the planet permanently in daylight and the other perpetually shrouded in darkness. That darkness allows vicious monsters to emerge, and they’re gradually creeping into the crepuscular […]

Even Technophobes Can Join This Game

Even Technophobes Can Join This Game

Lynn: As Cindy knows, to her sorrow, I am far from being technologically adept. I admit this to encourage any of you who might feel a bit reluctant to jump into a book about a high-stakes technology competition among teen computer geniuses. I was certianly unsure about starting Genius: The Game (2016) by Leopoldo Gout, especially since it’s packed […]

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THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE: Hard-to-Forget YA Novel Tackles Big Questions

THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE: Hard-to-Forget YA Novel Tackles Big Questions

Lynn: Cindy and I are getting ready for our annual round of fall conference presentations, so we’re in flat-out intensive reading mode. It reminds me of our BBYA committee days when we read 400-plus books a year. There were definitely many downsides of that experience—like never being able to see a single TV show or movie […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Ana Critchfield’s Phantasmagoria

Webcomics Wednesday: Ana Critchfield’s Phantasmagoria

It’s October, and I’m deep in the midst of watching 31 horror films in 31 days. I have horror on the brain, so naturally, only a spooky webcomic will do. Ana Critchfield’s Phantasmagoria, with its scritchy-scratchy artwork, eerie atmosphere, and hints of terrible secrets, fits the bill perfectly. (Be forewarned: There are scary images ahead.) The […]

Gone Girl: Catherine Egan’s “Julia Vanishes”

Gone Girl: Catherine Egan’s “Julia Vanishes”

Lynn: It’s not so much that 16-year-old Julia vanishes, but that she can somehow make herself “be unseen”—an uncommon and dangerous trait in a world that drowns suspected witches, but one that’s extremely useful for a spy. As Catherine Egan’s Julia Vanishes opens,  Julia is posing as a maid while trying to figure out who or what is […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Jamal Campbell’s The Immortal Nadia Greene

Webcomics Wednesday: Jamal Campbell’s The Immortal Nadia Greene

Normally, when I start a Webcomics Wednesday post, I focus on the plot first and get to the artwork somewhere in the middle. But when it comes to Jamal Campbell’s The Immortal Nadia Greene, the art—which is immediately what drew me in—deserves top billing. (Not that I’m ignoring the story or anything; we’ll get there, I promise). Campbell’s […]