Category Archives: YA Lit

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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The sea, the sea, the sea

Before continuing, set the soundtrack for your reading here (but only if you don’t mind reading with some music playing in the background). The Wanderer (2000), Sharon Creech “The sea, the sea, the sea.” When she first writes these words, Sophie, … Continue reading

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Cartographer’s Prize

The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet (2009), Reif Larsen. Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet is 12, the only surviving son of Dr. Clair and Father, brother to Gracie, and a prodigy who maps not just his geographic world (his bedroom, the route to … Continue reading

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Summer omnibus, part 2

More from my summer’s reading: Aaron Starmer, The Riverman (2014). In upstate New York, near the Canadian border, Alistair Cleary lives a normal life of taking dangerous dares and avoiding nosy neighbors. Then Fiona Loomis, not yet 13, asks him to write her biography. She tells him about an … Continue reading

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Summer omnibus, part 1

Once again I find myself with a foot-tall stack of books I’ve read but not yet reviewed for my followers, next to a stack of papers to grade and projects to complete for school, which started 3 weeks ago. Normally, … Continue reading

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“Please lie about this book”

e. lockhart, We Were Liars (2014) This post’s title is what Lockhart wrote when she signed my copy of We Were Liars at her book launch last night. I’m usually willing to comply with authors’ requests, but any lie I told would be a … Continue reading

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450 years old and still great

Today I have Shakespeare for kids on my mind. Because WS’s language, with its old words and complicated syntax, is a challenge for young readers, it isn’t unusual to find versions of these tales re-penned specifically for children. Charles Lamb (1775-1834) … Continue reading

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