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Oct.05.2011
Across the Universe Beth Revis YA Yum. Scrumpdiliicious yum. It's been a while since a book capitivated me the way this one has. I gladly bought into the fictional dream on the first page and felt as if I'd finished the best peanut buster parfait after it was over. I know. I know. I don't...
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Sep.07.2011
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova Wow, when I dared to open Blogger to post my review of Kostova's, The Historian, it had been so long since I'd posted that Blogger had a new interface site. Yeesh. Leave cyberspace for a few months and it remodels entirely. I feel old. But not as old as the...
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Mar.01.2011
Twisted Laurie Halse Anderson young adult It's not brand-spanking new like Wintergirls, but Twisted is definitely worth a read. First, it is not a girl book. I'm very into boy books these days since I'm working on one. Go figure! And it's a real gem to find a boy book that deals with boy...
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Feb.02.2011
Moon over Manifest Clare Venderpool middle grade When a book wins an award as prestigious as the Newbery, I am burning with curiosity to read it. Can I learn something new? Any tricks of the trade hidden amongst the pages? Character development done in a new way? And what didn't work? Because...
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Jan.05.2011
The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell Craft I never thought I'd see the day I would review a craft book over a work of fiction or nonfiction. But here it is! Never say never. It's not that I don't read craft pieces. Or that they cause me undo pain (okay, maybe some). It's just...
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Nov.30.2010
This Book is not Good for You by Pseudonymous Bosch middle grade I wanted to like this book. Who wouldn't? It's about chocolate. Delicious, tempting chocolate. Any writer whose been stuck in writer's block h*** has likely turned to the sweet temptress for relief now and again, right? Which...
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Nov.03.2010
Going Bovine Libba Bray young adult Bray knows her characters. The medley of sixteen year old underachiever/loser guy to talking garden gnome cast she creates is a fun romp to read through. Which is good because this is a looooooooooooong book. Very long. 480 pages long.  I know. I know. I...
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Oct.05.2010
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson Young Adult and  Wintergirls Laurie Halse Anderson Young Adult I read both of these books back to back and did not give up on life entirely, which speaks highly to Anderson's talent as a writer. These are not easy reads. Speak, celebrating its 10th anniversary in...
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Sep.28.2010
A cover! A cover! I actually got a cover for my upcoming picture book, Rope 'Em. This is a red letter day (or, in this case, purple :-) We writers spend most of our lives waiting. Waiting that centers around the slow but steady movement of an idea to a rough draft to revisions (If I could, I'd...
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Aug.31.2010
The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister By Charlotte Agnell middle grade  (151 pp with some b/w illustration) I won the advance arc for this book on Sarah Laurence's website and eagerly awaited its arrival. My youngest daughter is a serious Junie B. Jones, Judy Moody, Flat Stanley,...