Young Adult

Snow Globes Everywhere, Even in North Carolina

Snow Globes Everywhere, Even in North Carolina

Cindy: In West Michigan, we live in a snow globe for much of the winter due to the lake effect snow from Lake Michigan, but now other parts of the country are living in one as well—my daughter in North Carolina had enough snow last week to make a full-size snowman! The snow globe phenomenon […]

Why Did I Wait So Long? JULIA DEFIANT, Reading Choices, and More

Why Did I Wait So Long? JULIA DEFIANT, Reading Choices, and More

Lynn: I read for work and pleasure, so I think about both reading choices and the act of reading often. As reviewers, Cindy and I discuss who reads what all the time, but what I’m musing about today does not concern work, but personal choices. How do you, dear reader, decide what to read next? […]

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FAULT LINES IN THE CONSTITUTION: The Founding Fathers Said What?

FAULT LINES IN THE CONSTITUTION: The Founding Fathers Said What?

Lynn: I think we can all agree that this is quite a politically divisive time; no one can seem to agree on much of anything. One rare commonality is how often people pull the Constitution and the Founding Fathers into their arguments. Further, many seem certain that the Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were […]

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DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: The Perfect Last-Minute Gift for Readers

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: The Perfect Last-Minute Gift for Readers

Cindy: Do you need a last-minute gift for a reader on your list? Scoop up a copy of Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks (2017) by Annie Spence. I received this little treasure a few months ago from a teacher who said I needed it. He also bought one for his long-retired […]

Cover Trend Alert: Black and White with a Splash of Neon

Cover Trend Alert: Black and White with a Splash of Neon

Cindy: What’s black and white and NEON all over? YA fiction book covers, that’s what. Lynn recently wrote a post about Moxie, and while reading about Amy Poehler’s movie rights for that story, I added it to my saved list of color-coordinated titles. Laini Taylor led the black and white and neon way a few […]

MOXIE Girls Fight Back!

MOXIE Girls Fight Back!

Lynn: High-school junior Vivian Carter has always loved looking in the battered shoebox labeled “My Misspent Youth” on her mother’s shelf. These days, Vivian’s mom is a widowed, hard-working urgent care nurse. But back in the day, Viv’s mom was a punk rock-loving, feminist zine-creating Riot Grrl, and that box is full of mementos of that […]

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Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers
By November 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers

President Obama’s historic December 17, 2014 order to “normalize relations” between the United States and Cuba began the restoration of diplomacy after more than half a century of hostile restrictions. His 72-hour visit to Havana in March 2016—the first made by a sitting president since Coolidge in 1928—opened and encouraged travel in both directions. The thaw, […]

A North Korean Vacation IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN

A North Korean Vacation IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN

Lynn: Looking for a heart-thumping thriller? Anne Sibley O’Brien’s In the Shadow of the Sun (2017) was already a great choice, but then the political situation with North Korea got even worse, heightening its timeliness and intensity. Twelve-year-old Mia Andrews and her surly older brother Simon—who we learn has been “mad since August”—are touring North […]

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WHAT GOES UP: High Octane YA Sci-Fi

WHAT GOES UP: High Octane YA Sci-Fi

Lynn: For 200 carefully selected teens, a hangar in the cornfields of Iowa is where their future will be decided. They’ve made it this far, but now the tests have gotten really tough. Only two young people will be chosen to join NASA’s Interworld Agency, which has decided to add a third team to its […]

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By October 26, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: THE GLASS SPARE

This intense trailer is only a taste of what is to come in Lauren DeStefano’s new novel, The Glass Spare. Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child of a greedy king, must come to terms with her unique ability to turn living things into gemstones. In this novel of self-discovery, Wil will need more than her own willpower […]