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Book Review: If I Ever Get Out of Here

February 24, 2014


Title: If I Ever Get Out of Here Author: Eric Gansworth Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 2013 Main character: Lewis Blake Lewis is a smart kid who tested out of the Indian school on the Tuscarora Reservation and is now attending the nearby all white school. He wants to go to college and to have a […]


February 23, 2014


I’ve been complaining for the past couple of years about the shrinking numbers of books written by authors of color. The CCBC’s number came out not too longer ago, only to validate this complaint. The number of books by African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and American Indians has been steadily decreasing since 2008, while the […]

Book Review: Bird

February 21, 2014


title: Bird author: Crystal Chan Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Release Date: January, 2014 main character: Jewell Campbell 12 year old Jewel is growing up in a house where people don’t talk to one another. They probably stopped when her grandfather caused her brother, John, to die. He nicknamed John ‘Bird’ and convinced him […]

New YA Author: Valerie Day-Sanchez

February 16, 2014


I really enjoy networking on Twitter because I’m able to meet people like author Valerie Day-Sanchez. She recently interviewed me on her blog and, isn’t turnabout fair play? I thought I’d try out my 2014 word [SHINE] and ask  Valerie What makes you shine? What do you do that makes you feel vital and gives […]

Saturday Trailer: Lamar Giles

February 8, 2014


Today’s video isn’t really a book trailer, rather it’s an interview with debut author Lamar Giles produced by his local TV station. on Facebook on Twitter on the BrownBookshelf         Debut author Lamar Giles takes readers on a wild and dark ride in this contemporary Witness Protection thriller. Fake ID is a […]

BFYA: Done. Done and Done!

February 5, 2014


I spent much of the day yesterday cleaning my office. I hadn’t planned to do it, but realized it was a necessary to take me from the end of one project to the beginning of another. BFYA is done! That could have easily been a two year commitment but I just couldn’t do it for […]

Miscellaneous Tuesday with New Releases

February 4, 2014

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I’m working a a post about BFYA but it the meantime, I have a post to kick off February. BrownBook Shelf always kicks it off with their 28 Days Later Campaign. The featured author today is Jason Reynolds, {WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST; Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 2014). I’m going back to only linking […]

Saturday Trailer: Crystal Chan

February 1, 2014


What better day for book trailers than a Saturday? Crystal Chan debuted as a YA author this past week with the release of BIRD.