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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: Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

There are a lot of dysfunctional families in YA literature, and like adult fiction, they range anywhere from mildly dysfunctional (Everybody Sees the Ants) to ragingly out-of-control (Because I Am Furniture). The latter is hard to take. In my personal … Continue reading

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Favorite YA Novels of 2011: The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf

I thought I was suffering from Titanic burnout. I’ve seen the film several times, I’ve read a fair number of children’s books on the subject (my son owns them and has memorized them), and I’ve recently read and liked Gordon … Continue reading

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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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Favorite YA Novels of 2011: This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

In Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavor, there’s a lot you don’t know about Victor Frankenstein, age 16, and the biggest one is that he’s got an identical twin, Konrad. They’re both in love with their distant cousin, Elizabeth, and she … 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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