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Do you love young adult literature as much as we do? Then welcome to our humble treehouse: a sanctuary and not-so-secret hideout for fans and writers of YA lit. News, advice, links, and fun stuff, straight from the keyboards of our always-intrepid, sometimes-torpid reporting staff. Come on in!
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1. Aquafortis, Oh, My Word, It's Our Blogversary.

(AF, If we were married, we would totally FAIL this anniversary thing. How did we miss 10 years last year????Well, if you're having fun, you must not notice where the time goes. Or something like that. Happy Blogversary.) This work is copyrighted... Read the rest of this post

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2. Turning Pages Reads: THESE VICIOUS MASKS, by Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas

Welcome to another session of Turning Pages!Synopsis: Jaded, bored, and sarcastic, Evelyn Wyndham, at an eminently marriageable age, is deeply disinterested, and thought to be the tiniest bit odd both by her parents, and by well-bred Bramhurst... Read the rest of this post

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3. Thursday Review: SECRET CODERS by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Summary: I've been meaning to review this one for an embarrassingly long time. I had looked forward to reading it ever since first hearing about it—we are huge fans of our own (relatively) local Gene Yang here at FW and have not only interviewed... Read the rest of this post

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4. Turning Pages Reads: OF BETTER BLOOD by Susan Moger

Welcome to another session of Turning Pages!Synopsis: One day she's leaping in the waves near the family's Paradise-by-the-Sea beach home, the fittest of the fit, dreaming of finishing Little Women and having a new best friend; the next moment her... Read the rest of this post

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5. Monday Review: A MAD, WICKED FOLLY by Sharon Biggs Waller

The cover even LOOKS like a Libba Bray book...Summary: England in the Edwardian era…Besides bringing to mind a whole slew of fabulous Edward Gorey drawings, it was a time in which society was still stumbling out from under the long shadow of Queen... Read the rest of this post

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6. Turning Pages Reads: THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US, by Emily Skrutskie

Welcome to another session of Turning Pages!Synopsis: Cassandra Leung is a Reckoner trainer-in-training, which means she knows her place -- as far less important than the giant beasts she trains, and apt to get benched in disgrace if she screws... Read the rest of this post

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7. #ReadYourWorld and Celebrate MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY!

Hey everyone! It's Multicultural Children's Book Day, and in honor of that, I will be posting what I think is my FIRST EVER picture book review. First, though, I'd like to sincerely thank all the organizers of MCCBD, especially Mia Wenjen (Pragmatic... Read the rest of this post

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8. What I'm Doing Besides Reading for Cybils, Catching Up on Reviewing and Stuff...

I'm told the candy does NOT, in fact, taste like peas or carrots. Bummer. People expecting copies of PEAS AND CARROTS, those are going out this week. People who want a chance to win a copy, along with a lunch bag and a little magnet -- please stay... Read the rest of this post

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9. Toon Thursday Redux: Writerly Daydreams

During this early part of the year, there have been a lot of conversations about writing goals, and what we all plan to accomplish by hook or by crook (or, in some cases, by copious amounts of caffeine and/or wine). Often, though, despite our best... Read the rest of this post

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10. Turning Pages Reads: SERPENTINE (Kingdom of Xia: Second Series #1), by Cindy Pon

Welcome to another session of Turning Pages!Synopsis: SERPENTINE begins with a familiar feel -- a mistress and a handmaiden, brought up as close friends, often playing games and once spying on the monastery - and a cute monk - which was utterly... Read the rest of this post

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11. Turning Pages Reads: UNDER THE DUSTY MOON, by Suzanne Sutherland

Welcome to another session of Turning Pages!Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Victoria Mahler is the reluctant daughter of a has-been star, one Micky Wayne, who once fronted the band rising indie rock band, Dusty Moon. That was a long time ago, now, as the... Read the rest of this post

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12. January 27th is Multicultural Children's Book Day!

At Finding Wonderland, we have always been committed to reviewing a wide range of diverse and multicultural books, which is why we're very excited to see that this year the folks at Multicultural Children's Book Day are making a supreme effort to... Read the rest of this post

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13. TURNING PAGES: SORCERER TO THE CROWN by ZEN CHO

This is my favorite book so far this year. Seriously.Though this novel isn't marketed to YA or as YA, this is a crossover I need you to read. If you like Regency novels, tales of the fey, Jane Austen, or 19th century anything, you want this. Buy it... Read the rest of this post

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14. Congrats, Mr. Ambassador! Celebrating Gene Luen Yang

Photo courtesy of the author and First SecondFrom the press release: The Children’s Book Council (CBC), Every Child a Reader (ECAR), and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress (CFB) have announced the appointment of Gene Luen Yang,... Read the rest of this post

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15. To Another Year of Reading and Writing

From Writers on Writing, Volume II This work is copyrighted material. All opinions are those of the writer, unless otherwise indicated. All book reviews are UNSOLICITED, and no money has exchanged hands, unless otherwise indicated. Please contact... Read the rest of this post

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16. TURNING PAGES: THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by MARIEKE NIJKAMP

This is less of a book review than a book reaction, and is a little more self-indulgent than the way I usually book talk here in the Wonderland tree house. However, after reading just this morning that there's a thirteen day period where PTSD is... Read the rest of this post

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17. Anticipation....

There's a very special day coming up, and I wanted to drum up a little buzz--I'm talking about New Year's Day, yes, but it also happens to be CYBILS SHORTLIST DAY, a red-letter day around the kidlitosphere. January 1st is when all 10 Cybils Award... Read the rest of this post

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18. Happy Merry Holidays!

May you and yours enjoy the tastiest and most wonderful joys of the season--with love from Finding Wonderland! This work is copyrighted material. All opinions are those of the writer, unless otherwise indicated. All book reviews are UNSOLICITED,... Read the rest of this post

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19. TURNING PAGES: ASH & BRAMBLE, by SARAH PRINEAS

Some people decide to read more books written by women and underrepresented writers. Others decide to try and read fewer YA novels featuring rail thin girls wearing big, foofy dresses on the cover... but, yeah. YA. Foofy dresses. It's a Thing. Less... Read the rest of this post

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20. TURNING PAGES: ALL AMERICAN BOYS, by JASON REYNOLDS & BRENDAN KIELY

I would have gotten to this book eventually, I think, but because Linda Sue Park mentioned it on her Beacon St. TEDx talk (and if you haven't had a chance to watch, please do) which was so full of good thoughts, I bumped it immediately to the top of... Read the rest of this post

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21. Review: MS. MARVEL VOL. 2: GENERATION WHY

Summary: Some time ago I reviewed the first collected volume of the new (and surprisingly awesome) Ms. Marvel comic, starring the rebooted main character Kamala Khan: an ordinary American teenage girl from Jersey City who just happens to be a... Read the rest of this post

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22. Thursday Review: THESE SHALLOW GRAVES by Jennifer Donnelly

Pretty cool cover, except the tagline is kind of uninformative.Summary: I like me a good period mystery, and I enjoyed Donnelly's award-winning book A Northern Light, so I was excited to find this one in my library's ebook collection. I also tend to... Read the rest of this post

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23. TURNING PAGES: A WAKE OF VULTURES by LILA BOWEN

To begin with, this isn't a YA novel. It's a crossover adult novel, recommended for older YA readers due to some violence and disturbing interactions and attitudes. Lila Bowen is a pseudonym for Delilah Dawson, a familiar YA author. If you like... Read the rest of this post

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24. Monday Review: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING by Robyn Schneider

Summary: It takes some serious stones to start a story off with a decapitation. But I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say that, yes, in some ways that WAS the beginning of everything for narrator Ezra Faulkner. It wasn't fatal for HIM,... Read the rest of this post

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25. TURNING PAGES: SILVER ON THE ROAD by LAURA ANNE GILMAN

Another Western with a youthful protagonist, Laura Anne Gilman's novel is the first in a sweeping new series. I read it -- passed it along to Tech Boy who also read it and said, "Wow, it just... worked." What's harder to say is... why. And we aren't... Read the rest of this post

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