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Favorite YA Novels of 2011: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

When I was a teenager, I distinctly remember reading both Lord of the Flies and Seventeen magazine on the beach one summer. If the two were to propagate, God forbid, the result might look something like Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens, … Continue reading

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Funniest Children’s Picture Books: Part I

There are a lot of truly funny picture books for children out there. Obviously, I haven’t read them all, nor could I. The children’s publishing industry is vast, and some titles go out of print within a decade. The really … 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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Top 10 List: Best YA Books of 2010: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010. 352 p. Summary: A tale of two very different boys who become best friends. Pancho Sanchez is an angry teen, and he should be: … Continue reading

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Top 10 List: Best YA Books of 2010: Behemoth

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. Illustrated by Keith Thompson. Simon Pulse, 2010.  485 p. Summary: The second book in Westerfeld’s alternate history [World War I] trilogy, with Leviathan being the first. The British Darwinists and their allies are still fighting the … Continue reading

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Top 10 List: Best YA Books of 2010: Blindsided

Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings. 2010: Dutton Children’s Books, 2010. 226 p. Summary: Although she has her whole life ahead of her, teenaged Natalie feels as if her world is shrinking and fading, because she’s going blind, although she’s still in … Continue reading

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Top Ten List: Best YA Books of 2010: Let’s Start

I read a lot of children’s and teen/YA literature in my free time, and these are my favorite 2010 titles. A caveat: there’s a ton I haven’t read, obviously, because new YA titles come out frequently and I also have … Continue reading

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