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A review of: The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas

Smash YA hit The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas took home a handful of awards at American Library Association Youth Media Awards, a few months after winning the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. The hype is real, you guys, it's THAT GOOD. Starr, a black teen that lives in a low income neighborhood but attends a fancy private school, watches her worlds collide, clash, and come crashing down after she witnesses the shooting death of a friend at the hands of a nervous police officer. Starr' ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
February 16, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of: Hello Universe by: Erin Entrada Kelly

This year's Newbery Award for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature goes to Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Told from the shifting points of view of four kids, Hello, Universe is both an exciting and thoughtful, quiet and suspenseful. It's the story of a quiet kid that gets trapped in a well, and the three seemingly disparate kids that set out to find him. Infused with Filipino folklore, there is a lot to love in this story about courage ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
February 13, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

While gushing about this book to people (and I do gush, you will too), I always end up quoting the blurbs on the back of the book, because they sum things up so perfectly. What could I say that is more convincing than, "..the John Hughes of queer 18th century adventure novels"? Or, "Filled with highwaymen, pirates, and heartpounding exploits of a romantic nature, this is the summer road trip novel you've been waiting for"?  IT'S ALL TRUE. Monty sets out for his grand tour of the ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
June 20, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Roll by Darcy Miller

The summer before his 6th grade year, Ren and his parents move from town to a house out in the country, cutting off Ren's access to his best friend Austin. This is extra stressful because Austin has hit puberty big time, and seems to be speeding away from Ren and their shared interests at a breakneck speed. Ren's new life in the country is a lot of dullness until he sees a flock of brids spinning through the air, and meets their trainer, Sutton, a firey-haired 11-year-old girl who is preparing ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
June 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Alex, Approximatley by Jenn Bennett

Cute, cute. This book is a perfect poolside/sandy-beach/lazing-on-your-friend's-back-patio-when-you're-supposed-to-be-mowing-the-lawn read. Is it too early for that? In my case, it was a first-nice-week-of-spring-thrilled-to-have-the-windows-open-what-do-mean-my-dishes-are-piled-up-there-is-a-BREEZE-through-my-CURTAINS-and-these-fictional-teenagers-are-in-LOVE read.  Quick, sweet, and delightfully non-taxing, this YA homage to Norah Ephron's You've Got Mail, tells the story of two ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
May 18, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown

You know what is really horrifying? THE DONNER PARTY. Good heavens. History has distilled this story down to one grotesque detail (spoiler alert: cannibalism) (VERY RELUCTANT cannibalism, but still), but what you may have forgotten is the long journey across country on foot that led up to it. Or the harsh conditions on that final stretch. Or the weeks of slow starvation. Or how close to their desination they were when they got so hopelessly snowbound and lost.  To Stay Alive is a ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
May 3, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl

In this cookbook/memoir food writer and critic, and former editor of Gourmet Magazine takes us through the difficult year after her magazine closed, and the recipes that helped ease her back into her first food love: home cooking. This book is perfect for those among us that enjoy reading cookbooks as much as or more than we enjoy cooking. I listened to My Kitchen Year on audio (read by the author, spectacular)-- and it included all the recipes. I never thought I'd be so ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
April 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The William C Morris Award is granted every year to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. The finalists are usually announced in December, and the list is consistantly spectacular, and a good place to look for some of the best writing in YA Literature. This year the Morris Award went to Jeff Zentner's smart and complex The Serpent King,  the story of three misfits finishing out their senior year in a small southern town. The group is led by Dill, the son ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
January 30, 2017 | 0 comments
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Newbery Winner and Honors This year's Newbery Medal for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children went to The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Regan Barnhill. A rich fantasy story with deep fairytale vibes, it's the story of a village that leaves one of their children in the woods each year as a sacrifice to a misunderstood witch, the witch that nurtures them and finds them homes, and what happens when one of those ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
January 26, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of March: Book Three by John Lewis

The biggest news to come out of yesterday's ALA Youth Media Awards was the record breaking honors received by the third in Rep. John Lewis's graphic novel series about his extraordinary involvement in the civil rights movement. The first two volumes in the series have been met with wide praise and awards of their own, and in addition to a ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
January 24, 2017 | 0 comments