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1. A gentle reminder about a fabulous author.

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2. Cheap read(s): Daniel Pinkwater.

Young adults Young adultsFYI: A whole bunch of Daniel Pinkwater ebooks are currently available for the low, low price of $2.99, and they're free to borrow if you're a Prime member.


I swoon.

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3. The finalists for the 2014 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards...

Sorrow's knot...have been announced.

The middle grade/YA list is:

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, by Teresa Toten

Ultra, by David Carroll

Little Red Lies, by Julie Johnston

Jane, the Fox and Me, by Fanny Britt of Montreal

Sorrow's Knot, by Erin Bow

Click on through for the picture book nominees, and also be sure to take a look at who decides on the winners: pretty cool, huh?

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4. Trailer: If I Stay.


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5. Hogwarts Online.

So, am I the last person to realize that there is a fan-created Hogwarts website with actual online classes?

If so, carry on, nothing to see here.

(via Open Culture)

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6. This is How I Find Her -- Sara Polsky

This is how i find herSixteen-year-old Sophie is used to her mother's ups and downs. When she's up, she's vibrant and giddy. She's spontaneous, loves ice cream for breakfast, works tirelessly on her art, throws her cares to the wind.

When she's down, she barely speaks. She barely has the energy to move, let alone get out of bed. 

Sophie has been taking care of things since she was eleven years old. Making sure her mother takes her meds, that she eats regularly, that the bills get paid, that her mother's social worker doesn't see any red flags.

One day, she comes home to find that her mother has attempted suicide. She calls 911, her mother is rushed to the hospital, and Sophie goes to live with her extended family for the duration.

Her ESTRANGED extended family.


  • Everything. I'm not being lazy! I really loved it, full stop. It's a sensitive, empathetic look at how bipolar disorder can affect a family; about the realities of living with depression; about how sometimes people cause more damage by trying to protect one another than by just being honest. It's about how a lack of communication and a difficulty in asking for help can make a hard situation that much harder; about misunderstandings, isolation, and about that moment of catharsis that comes when feelings that have been hidden for far too long are finally verbalized. It's about abandonment, and about how abandonment by a friend can just as painful as abandonment by family. It's about how you can intellectually understand why a person acts the way she does, but still get frustrated and angry, and about the guilt that comes out of that.


  • I've got nothing. It's a solid read across the board.


It made me cry, but in a good way. If you like contemporaries that deal with meaty issues without being trite, didactic, or manipulative, here you go. I've added Sara Polsky to my list of Must Read Authors.


Source: ILLed through my library.



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7. The ballot for the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards...

March book one...has been released.

The YA contenders are:

Battling Boy, by Paul Pope
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster, by Matt Phelan
Boxers and Saints, by Gene Luen Yang
Dogs of War, by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox
March (Book One), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Templar, by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puviland

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8. A brief review of the Ender's Game movie, via the FB.

I'm just going to go ahead and let Jeremy speak for himself:

Jeremy hates ender's game A LOT

Well, then. Glad to know I wasn't missing anything!

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9. Kindle Daily Deal: Strange Chemistry title.

I love this press, and I make a point of buying their stuff whenever it's on sale.


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10. Diversity in YA: A round-up of links and some thoughts on the silence surrounding the discussion.

At Book Riot:

It’s hard not to wonder why some of the largest voices in the YA world and kid lit world more broadly aren’t speaking up and out in visible ways. They have far less at stake than any author of color (and most women, white or not) would have doing the same thing, in part because their privileged position affords them them their platform. They do not succeed simply because they work harder; they have more advantages. This isn’t just pointed at authors with power. It’s pointed equally toward librarians, toward booksellers, toward major media outlets, and to anyone with a position to say something.

There’s no expectation for anyone to talk about everything. That would be impossible. But in a week where an announcement of an all-male, all-white panel coincides with a wealth of well-written, thought-provoking, and important conversations about diversity and there’s nothing but silence?

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11. The 2014 Oklahoma Book Awards...

Mojo...have been announced.

The YA prize went to MOJO, by Tim Tharp.


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12. The 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winners...

Boxers and saints...have been announced.

The YA winner is: Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang.

Click on through for the other winners and finalists.

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13. Today @KirkusReviews...

The-vigilante-poets-of-selwyn-academy-kate-hattemer...I wrote about The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, and OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT:

I laughed SO MUCH while reading it. Laughed and laughed and laughed. If Ethan wasn’t “stewing in the Crock-Pot of betrayal,” he was taking a “dumbwaiter ride to hell,” or becoming part of a “tornado of justice.” I loved the scenes with his triplet sisters; Ethan’s ongoing willingness to play with language (the past tense of high five is apparently “high fove”); and the many, many literary references (“...we were kicking it old-school, searching his files in the grand tradition of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”)

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14. Challenged in VA: Two Boys Kissing.

Two boys kissingFrom Fauquier.com:

Fauquier County Public Schools has received a request from a parent to withdraw from student use the book “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan which is a part of the high schools’ library collections. A school committee at Fauquier High School decided to retain the book in its library collection, and the parent is appealing the decision to the superintendent.

Related links:

Fauquier County Public Schools website

Fauquier.com: Venue changes for public hearing on ‘Two Boys Kissing’

Advocate.com: Op-ed: Banning Books, Risking Lives

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15. Five Slightly More Plausible Dystopias...

...at Quirk Books:

IN A WORLD where the government regulates the temperature of microwaveable food so that no one burns their mouth on frozen burritos, one girl must fight for her family’s right to consume something other than lukewarm convenience foods.

“I don’t want my food to be safe, or still kind of icy in the middle,” I cried. “I want it to be burning hot and freezing cold. I want to singe the taste buds off my tongue and give myself incapacitating ice cream headaches whenever I eat a freeze pop.”
“You want to taste things the way they really are,” said the mysterious new boy in school.
“I want to

AHAHAHAHA, "the mysterious new boy in school".

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16. Today @KirkusReviews...

Providence...I wrote about Lisa Colozza Cocca's Providence:

It’s Becky’s voice that makes Lisa Colozza Cocca’s Providence work. She’s tough and honest; craves affection but is understandably guarded; she’s prone to quoting her father but hasn’t adopted the entirety of his philosophy. She’s practical, but has dreams; she’s generous and tenacious; she’s funny, awkward, creative, reliable, independent and sweet. Though her situation is a very different one, she feels like a direct descendant of another stubborn farmgirl: D.J. Schwenk, of Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Dairy Queen.

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17. Yesterday @KirkusReviews...

What we hide...I wrote about Marthe Jocelyn's What We Hide:

Anyway, enough pontificating from me, right? On to the actual book! Clearly, Marthe Jocelyn’s What We Hide succeeded in at least getting THIS reader thinking about truth; about secrets; about lies of malice and lies of boredom, about lies of omission and lies of desperation, about lies to loved ones and lies to ourselves; about perspective and worldview and, yes, the reliability of any given narrator.

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18. Part-time Indian removed from curriculum in Idaho school district.

ParttimeindianFrom the Idaho Statesman:

Meridian trustees voted 2 to 1 to keep in place a hold on “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie. The hold was put in place a few weeks ago after some parents objected to the book.

Board members rejected a recommendation from an earlier committee that said the book should stay on the 10th grade English supplemental reading list, with parental permission required for children to read it.

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19. A Paper Towns movie is in the works.

Paper townsFrom Deadline:

After completing its adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars, Fox 2000 has made a deal for the 2008 Green novel Paper Towns, and it is working on bringing bring back together not only the producers and the screenwriters for another go but also one of the stars. Paper Towns will be built around actor-singer Nat Wolff, who co-stars in The Fault In Our Stars and stars in the upcoming Palo Alto. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are going to adapt, and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing. The scribes will be exec producers along with Green.

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20. Today @KirkusReviews...

Moon at nine...I wrote about Deborah Ellis' Moon at Nine:

It’s a book that will likely end up in the Important Book category—books that get taught in school or get used in book groups—rather than in the Best-selling Book category, which is unfortunate. Farrin and Sadira’s story is one that deserves to be heard, and as it’s just one of many, it deserves to be heard all the more widely. While it doesn’t seem likely that there will be a sequel, I do hope for one—while the book certainly stands alone, it left me with a BUT WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?-shaped hole in my chest.

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21. Dirtbag Anne of Green Gables.

Dirtbag anneFrom The Toast:

[The schoolhouse burns in the distance. Anne stands on the porch, face flushed and streaked with ash]

(Via my Treasured Sister, obviously.)

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22. I am Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket, AMA...

...at reddit, obvs.

I haven't finished reading down through, but this answer made me howl:

[–]DunkRyder 189 points 5 hours ago

What's your opinion of the film? How did you feel about the whole thing during development, after release and how do you feel about it now?

[–]DanielHandler aka Lemony Snicket[S] 543 points 4 hours ago

"I have nothing to announce at this time."

(via Brooke)

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23. The 2014 Little Rebels shortlist...

Middle of nowhere...has been announced.

The contenders are:

Moon Bear, by Gill Lewis

After Tomorrow, by Gillian Cross

Real Lives: Harriet Tubman, by Deborah Chancellor

Stay Where You Are, by John Boyne

The Middle of Nowhere, by Geraldine McCaughrean

Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

The Promise, by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin

Click on through for more info.

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24. This week @KirkusReviews...

...I wrote about some April and May releases that I'm looking forward to reading.


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25. Movie news: Eleanor & Park.

Eleanor and parkFrom EW:

“The book is uniquely structured in that one chapter is told by Eleanor and one chapter is told from Park’s perspective, and they alternate,” Bario points out. “So we’re trying to figure out how to do that in a movie. There are all storts of groovy stylistic things you could do with voice over, or words on the screen, but we want something that’s real Rainbow.”

With that in mind, Rowell – who is repped by UTA — has also been hired to write the screenplay. “She’s in the middle of writing another book, so we’re patiently waiting for her,” Bario said.

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