Tag Archives: dystopia

Oddity and the Daybreak Bond

Here are two books that have little in common besides being contemporary speculative fiction at the middle grade level.  The first I picked solely because of the adorable yet fierce kid on the cover; the second because I liked the … Continue reading

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Scythe by Neal Schusterman

Scythe has been sweeping up the honors – it won the Young Adult Speculative Fiction Cybils Award, a Printz Honor, and was being talked up by my teen librarian, to boot. Scythe by Neal Schusterman. Simon & Schuster, 2016. Humanity … Continue reading

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Want by Cindy Pon

Confession time: I have a seven page document with notes of books that I’ve read and want to write full reviews of. I’m trying to post more frequent, quick reviews to catch up. This was one of my eagerly anticipated … Continue reading

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The Firefly Code

It was a little jarring after two years on the Round One panel for the Cybils Middle Grade Speculative Fiction to find that I had read only half of the finalists.  Here’s one that I had read, thanks to Brandy … Continue reading

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When We Wake

This is the last of the Cybils Speculative Fiction for Young Adults 2014 Finalists, and another one that I would probably not have picked up otherwise.  It’s the sequel to When We Wake, which I have not read.  Though I … Continue reading

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Three Cybils-nominated MG Spec Fic Books

Friends, I am still trying to catch up with all the books I read for the Cybils back in December. These books deserve their own full-length reviews, but I’m keeping it brief in the interests of getting them out there. … Continue reading

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The Above World Trilogy for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

It is (OK, yesterday was) the second annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day, hosted by Valarie of Jump into a Book and Mia of Pragmatic Mom! You can go over there to see lots and lots of posts on the topics, … Continue reading

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This is the audiobook I started so long ago for the 48 Hour Reading Challenge, a teen dystopia with diversity. Legend. Book 1. by Marie Lu. Read by Steven Kaplan and Mariel Stern. Penguin Audio, 2011. Legend is the first … Continue reading

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This is the third book I read for this year’s 48 Hour Book Challenge. I heard about it from the Book Smugglers a while back and asked my library to buy it last December… so it’s about time I got … Continue reading

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The Shadow Society

I very much enjoyed Rutkoski’s Cabinet of Wonders, which is why I checked this out for teen Cybils reading, though it took me a bit to get to it. The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2012. … Continue reading

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