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Interview with Lois Sepahban, author of Paper Wishes

PAPER WISHES by Lois Sepahban Middle Grade Historical Farrar, Straus and Giroux January 5, 2016 Middle Grade Historical It is March of…

Walk on the Wild Side with Sonja Yoerg

If this weren’t such a good book I would play Hollywood Agent and say THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE is Love Story meets Deliverance. There I said it anyway, couldn’t resist.

My First Review in Chapter 16

Miranda Kenneally is known by young-adult fans for her Hundred Oaks series, beginning with Catching Jordan, the story of a girl who plays high-school football. The next four novels also focus on competitive, athletic girls in Nashville, but Kenneally takes a new turn in Jesse’s Girl, introducing a character who doesn’t understand the appeal of sports. As Maya Henry says, “I’m barely five feet two, and the only muscles I have are from holding my guitar and plucking the strings.”

Some Families Never Get House Broken

When I read ‘animal behaviorist’ and ‘dysfunctional family’ in the same sentence, I knew I was in for a good ride.

Subverting Impressionable Minds

Meg Rosoff defies categorization. You will find her books on the young adult shelf, but that doesn’t confine her writing to any one age group…

From Diapers to Driver’s Licenses

While speaking at Parnassus Books’ event “Wine with the Author”, Julie Danielson explained the three authors’ goal in writing Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature. Their idea was to dispel all ideas of sweet, easily dismissed, insignificant “kiddie lit” …

You Said Whatever I Want: I Want To Go To Antarctica

Here’s a mother-daughter story with the unlikely combination of agoraphobia and Antarctica. It is a satirical send up of the young professional…

Cinderella Is Not All She’s Cracked Up To Be

Move over Cinderella, that stepsister you so easily convinced us was EVIL, has a different take on you and your daddy. In The Stepsister’s Tale

When You Reach Me, We Will Not Be the Same

Even though When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead might be labeled a time travel story, it never once leaves it’s ordinary setting…

Trailer Trash Ain’t What It Used To Be

The Right Thing is the story of high-class Annie Banks and low-class Starr Dukes, whose childhood friendship was interrupted by Starr’s midnight disappearance…