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book review: Ask Me

April 19, 2014

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title: Ask Me author: Kimberly Pauley date: Soho Teen; April 2014 main character: Aria Morse     Ask Me is the most recent offering from Kimberly Pauley who self describes as “half Chinese half everything else”. She was born in California and now lives in London. Pauley is the founder of YA Books Central, one […]

Blog Tour: Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley

April 18, 2014

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Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley was released this month by Soho Press. Aria Morse is an Oracle, blessed—or cursed—with the gift of prophecy.  Ask her anything, and the truth spills out immediately. But Aria’s answers sound like nonsense, even to herself… just as they did at Delphi 2500 years ago.    To cope, Aria has […]

Male Monday: Tim Z. Hernandez

April 14, 2014

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Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning author and performance artist. His debut collection of poetry, Skin Tax (Heyday Books, 2004) received the 2006 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the James Duval Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation, and the Zora Neal Hurston Award for writers of color dedicated to their […]


April 13, 2014


  They’re that eyeglass wearing black family in that cellphone commercial. They’re all over Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. They’re watching Cosmos with @neiltyson And now, they’re reaching YA Lit.   Black + Nerd = Blerd The numbers of urban lit books for teens has been decreasing for quite some time and nothing had really become […]

April New Releases

April 12, 2014


Danny Blackgoat Rugged Road to Freedom by Tim Tingle; 7th Generation  Son Who Returns by Gary Robinson; 7th Generation  A Matter of Souls by Denise Lewis Patrick; Carolrhoda Press  Point by Brandy Colbert; Putnam Juvenile  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han; Simon and Schuster  Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland; Simon […]

Male Monday: Frank X. Walker

April 7, 2014

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Frank X. Walker is an African American poet from Danville, KY.  In 2013, he became the Poet Laureate of  the Commonwealth of Kentucky. (Wikipedia) Hes’ the first African American and the youngest person to hold this post.In 2014, He won an NAACP Image Award for his poetry. He’s founder of Affrilachian Poets and is a […]

review: Knockout Games

April 1, 2014


title: Knockout Games author: Greg Neri date: Carolrhoda Labs; August 2014 main character: Erica “Fish” Asher Note: There are minor spoilers in this review. I could not avoid them. ARC courtesy of NetGalley. Greg Neri is unpredictable if nothing else. His writings have ranged from Surf Mules to Yummy to Ghetto Cowboy to Hello, I’m […]