02
AUG
2011

What I’m Reading: July Edition

It pains me to do a bulk review post, but the number of books that are stacking up in my “read” pile are currently rivaling my “to be read*” pile, and if I ever want to catch up on my reviews, this is the only option. Actually, if I were to be honest with...
27
JUN
2011

What I’m Reading: SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi

A fast-paced adventure that’s a little too close for comfort. Summary from the inside jacket: In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to...
12
JUN
2011

What I’m Reading: INVINCIBLE SUMMER by Hannah Moskowitz

A beautiful, gritty story about family. Summary from the goodreads: Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness...
29
MAY
2011

What I’m Reading (and a giveaway!): THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson

Love and grief are companions through life, entwined as clearly as the sky is blue. Summary from the inside jacket: Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older...
17
MAY
2011

Story first

The purpose of young adult literature is often twofold: to tell a story, and to send a message, usually in the form of a much-needed lesson. This is the first line of a recent New York Times Sunday Book Review by Lisa Belkin. The article reviewed two YA novels about abusive...
02
APR
2011

What I’m Reading: PLAIN KATE by Erin Bow

A beautifully poetic tale of one plain girl and some very dark shadows. Summary from the inside jacket: As the wood-carvers daughter, Plain Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her “witch-blade” – a dangerous...