Category Archives: YA Lit

Quicksand in the “muddy middle”

A brief check-in: I’m a bit over 13K words short of my 50K goal, and have only 7 days left! And just when I needed them most, Grant Faulkner’s comforting words came via NaNoWriMo’s Pep Talk series: View the blank … Continue reading

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I step, once again, into madness

I hope my readers don’t mind a bit of hyperbole, which is what the title of this post is. I do, however, feel a bit insane to take on NaNoWriMo again, like an addiction I can’t shake. Yet it’s an … Continue reading

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Schools are still the same

Hundred Percent, Karen Romano Young (2016) Authors have gotten a lot of mileage out of the terrible years of schooling that kids must endure before adulthood swamps them with real life. Karen Roman Young adds to the stack with this … Continue reading

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Whimsical but palatable

As reward for your patience reading my longer posts, here’s a short one: Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011) 12-year-old September is whisked away to Fairyland by the Green Wind on the back … Continue reading

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Scary books

One of the categories for the 2015 Reading Challenge is *banned book*. I looked at ALA’s list of most frequently challenged books in 2014 and was pleasantly surprised to learn I’d read half of the top ten. But I also discovered, … Continue reading

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Reading from a different angle

Originally posted on Readers Are Leaders 2014:
Courtesy SparklingAdventures.com Our class recently discussed S E Hinton’s The Outsiders (1967), considering it in the light of Erik Erikson’s views (1963) on American identity, which he believes developed under the pressures of various…

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You have to give it time

The Wells Bequest (2013), Polly Shulman. In an unplanned tag-team review, I’m following up on a book Calmgrove reviewed last fall, Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy (the review of which you can read here). That novel introduced us to the New-York Circulating Material … Continue reading

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