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When You Reach the Best Novel Ever

It’s booktalking season for some librarians, including me, and so I’ve been re-reading and reviewing some of my favorite children’s novels. I’ve been thinking a lot (and discussing with my colleagues) about which ones “hold up well” with kids, especially … Continue reading

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Favorite Novel of 2011: Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

My favorite novel of 2011 is actually a 2010 novel, but I happened to read it in 2011, so I’m counting it as a 2011 novel. Obnoxious, I know. This has a few spoilers, so feel free to read this … Continue reading

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Favorite YA Novels of 2011: The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow

Some of the best teen novels involve the themes of empowerment, whether it’s physical or emotional empowerment or a combination of the two. In The Berlin Boxing Club (2011) by Robert Sharenow, 14-year-old Karl Stern is a non-athletic teenage boy … Continue reading

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Teen/YA Heroines Part II: Stargirl

Contains spoilers. If you haven’t read Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, do so immediately. Stargirl is my all-time favorite YA heroine, and I can’t see this changing. I admire her the most, I’m confounded by her the most, … Continue reading

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Heroines and Heroes: YA/Teen Lit [Part I]

I’ve been thinking a lot about Jordan Rice, the young boy who sacrificed his life to save his younger brother. What an amazing hero. I’m just profoundly impressed by what he did. I’m working on compiling a list of hero/heroines … Continue reading

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Top 10 List: Best YA Books of 2010: The Winner

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. 375 p. Scholastic Press, 2010. This novel was my favorite YA novel of 2010. Summary [Final paragraph of this section contains spoilers]. Setting: Victoria, Canada, in the 1970s. Ben Tomlinson, age 13, and his family … Continue reading

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Top 10 List: Best YA Books of 2010: Split

Split by Swati Avasthi. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010. 288 p. Plot Summary: Two brothers, separated for some years due to an abusive home life, try to learn to live together. Jace Witherspoon hasn’t seen his older brother Christian … Continue reading

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