Tag: kick-ass heroines

Move Over Again, Katniss: Mercedes Lackey’s Hunter

Move Over Again, Katniss: Mercedes Lackey’s Hunter

Lynn: Mercedes Lackey is a famous name to fans of adult fantasy and I was truly excited to receive a galley of her first YA book, Hunter (2015). The veteran author delivers with practiced panache, introducing teen readers to an Earth devastated centuries ago by the Disery, in which the boundary between the Otherworld and ours was torn […]

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West of the Moon by Margi Preus

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Cindy: I have a faithful following of middle schools girls who love folktale retellings. Most of them are more familiar with the Grimm stories (or stories that Disney films have undertaken–commentary on that topic is available elsewhere online) than with traditional Scandinavian tales. When I introduce them to Edith Pattou’s East or Jessica Day George’s […]

Pure Grit by Mary Cronk Farrell

Pure Grit by Mary Cronk Farrell

Lynn:  I’m a nonfiction fan as readers of Booklist probably remember and already this year the numbers of interesting nonfiction is keeping me busy and happy.  One of the early arrivals is Pure Grit:  How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific (Abrams 2014).  There are many accounts of […]

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Lynn:  Poor Lieutenant Selim!  All he really wants is a good cup of tea and a quiet life.  But any hope of that disappears when he delivers his report on that “heathen” in Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (First Second $15.99) “Oh jailer,” she calls, “I’m escaping.”  And when she does just that, the […]

Who Says Teens Don't Read?

Who Says Teens Don't Read?

Cindy: I love my job. Oh, sure, there are days….but truly, I love what I do. This week I had a booktalking first. Here’s the scoop: When I booktalk in my middle school it means six hours (classes of booktalking). I usually try to present mostly titles that I have multiple copies of and then […]

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Cindy: Well, I’m probably the last one on the trolley to read Bray’s new book. As you can see by Lynn’s comments below, I picked up this book early at the summer ALA Conference, gave it to Lynn first and then didn’t get it read myself. I have no good excuse. This week I finished […]

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Lynn:  As veteran Bookends readers know, we are never short of opinions!  So let me say straight out that Elizabeth Wein’s earlier Arthurian/Ethiopian series  is as innovative as it is beautifully written and, in my opinion anyway, never received the attention it deserved.  Her new book, Code Name Verity (Hyperion 2012) again displays this extraordinary […]

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Cindy: Talk about a timely historical fiction novel. Tough economic times, fathers who have to relocate to find work, and children who are caught in the middle. The Mighty Miss Malone (Random/Wendy Lamb 2012) could be describing many families today instead of in Great Depression era Gary, Indiana. As the cover proclaims, “Deza Malone from […]

A Girl Named Digit by Annabelle Monaghan

A Girl Named Digit by Annabelle Monaghan

Lynn: Seventeen-year-old Farrah Higgins is a math genius.  She can see math patterns instantly, topped the nation in math test scores and is heading to MIT in the fall.  Once nicknamed “Digit,” Farrah has spent her high school years hiding her gift, hanging with a popular and apparently brainless group and trying to be “normal.  […]

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Cindy: Months behind the rest of the book-reading world, I finally read The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton 2012). I did not preorder the book–like the thousands of other true nerdfighter fans–because I could not trust myself to have the new John Green book in my house and stay focused on my 2011 L.A. Times […]