Category Archives: Teen/Young Adult

Cybils Finalists Announced!

Happy 2019! The 2018 Cybils finalists have been announced! Here are the titles that my panel selected for the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category: Inkling by Kenneth Oppel Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano Nevermoor: The … Continue reading

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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin. Candlewick, 2018. M.T. Anderson is always coming up with new ideas – as in, his books are so very different from each other, from the dark, futuristic teen sci-fi … Continue reading

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2 for Teens: Dread Nation and Tess of the Road

Just a few more days of Cybils nominations!  I’ve updated my list of Cybils hopefuls to note which books have since been nominated – as of this writing, four of the twelve books I wrote about. Dread Nation: Rise Up … Continue reading

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Look!  I read one of the books on my missed-from-2017 list.  This is a lovely Snow White retelling for a teen audience with an LGBT spin. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda. MacMillan … Continue reading

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That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston. Penguin Random House, 2017 Welcome to a retro-futuristic present day, where the reign of Victorias never ended, thanks to the first Victoria’s making matches for her children on every continent. This blends together … Continue reading

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May + June Challenge Update

#SummerSoLit Bingo Challenge: My friend Akilah at the Englishist is co-hosting a summer reading challenge going from the Summer Solstice through the Fall Equinox.  I must admit that real life is being tough right now and I haven’t been out … Continue reading

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

“What to Read after Black Panther” part 3. It’s not quite Afrofuturism because it’s decidedly mythic past without even the alternate technology of Everfair, and it came out after I made my display. It still belongs here. Continue reading

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You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Once again, a book winning an award – in this case the Schneider Family Award – pushed me from meaning to read it someday to actually doing so. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner. Random House Teens, 2017. Julia believes … Continue reading

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Harper Teen, 2018. “My parents probably wanted a girl who would sit in the pews wearing pretty florals and a soft smile. They got combat boots and a mouth silent until it’s sharp as … Continue reading

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Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali. Salaam Reads, 2017. Meet Janna, a teen girl trying to figure out her increasingly complicated life.  She’s  committed to wearing hijab as part of her mostly artsy, layered outfits (swim suits are a … Continue reading

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