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Shadow & Bone…so good!

13 Oct

shadow and bone

GREAT BOOK. Seriously. Read it.

Oh yeah, and Leigh Bardugo is also a makeup artist. What?!


What’s new in teen fiction?

12 Jul

Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams

As the tragic death of her older brother devastates the family, teenaged London struggles to find redemption and finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and a handsome new boy in town.

One Moment by Kristina McBride

Rising high school senior Maggie remembers little about the accidental death of her boyfriend, Joey, but as she slowly begins to recall that day at the gorge with their long-time friends, she realizes he was keeping some terrible secrets.

Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan were best friends who broke up at the same time as their favorite band, but four years later, just before they are preparing to go off to college, the girls reluctantly come back together, each with her own motives, for a road trip from Massachusetts to Austin, Texas, for the band’s one-time-only reunion concert.


Mmmm cupcakes…

15 May











Check out a book on cupcakes or cooking! Got really hungry looking at all these books…

Some recommendations:

Cake pops : tips, tricks, and recipes for more than 40 irresistible mini treats / by Angie Dudley

Cupcakes, cookies, and pie, oh my! / Karen Tack & Alan Richardson

The sweet little book of cupcakes / by Nicholas Peruzzi, with Courtney Forrester

The Fault in Our Stars

10 May

Our copies have arrived! Newton South High School has chosen The Fault in Our Stars by John Green as their “One School, One Book” choice for this summer and we bought a few extra copies… In the middle of it right now. Stayed way too late and read half of it last night. Couldn’t put it down.

Jasper Jones anyone?

24 Apr

What I’m reading this week…

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones was nominated for a Michael Printz Award, so why haven’t I heard anyone really talking about it?? Maybe I’m in a hole or something, but this book is good. I mean really good. Think Mark Twain goes down under. It is definitely not for those sensitive to violence, (I hope I’m not giving too much away), because in the first pages Charlie Bent is called out of his bedroom window in the middle of the night by the shady Jasper Jones, who has a reputation for trouble. What happens next is terrifying and confusing. Charlie follows his intuition and decides to trust the seemingly unreliable Jasper.

What’s New in Teen Fiction! It’s a good week for books…

18 Apr

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

Book 5 in the Gallagher Girls series is here! When seventeen-year-old Cammie wakes up in a convent high in the Alps, she slowly comes to realize that she’s been tortured, the last four months have been erased from her mind, and an ancient terrorist organization is hunting for her.

Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

172 hours on the moon by Johan Harstad

In 2019, teens Mia, Antoine, and Midori are selected by lottery to join experienced astronauts on a NASA mission to the once top-secret moon base, DARLAH 2, while in a Florida nursing home, a former astronaut struggles to warn someone of the terrible danger there.

Why We Broke Up

13 Apr

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; Art by Maira Kalman

I’m in the middle of the Printz Honor book, Why We Broke Up and recommend it thus far. It’s the story of Min, short for Minerva, a film junkie, and Ed, a high school basketball star. They are an unlikely couple, but when they meet at a “Bitter” Sixteen Party (instead of sweet), it’s love. Each chapter features a great illustration by Kalman of the objects that Min has saved over the course of their relationship as she’s packing them in a box to give back to Ed after they’ve broken up.

Kalman is the author of one of my favorite books, The Principles of Uncertainty, an incredible book.

Handler also started The Why We Broke Up Project. Add your own story of heartbreak.

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