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Guest Reviewer: The Laura Line

July 28, 2014

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I recently posted an interview with Crystal Allen (who happens to blog at The BrownBooksShelf) and I felt bad that I hadn’t read The Laura Line and couldn’t review it. So, I reached out to Olugbemisola Amusashonubi-Perkovich (who also blogs at The BrownBookShelf) and she helped me find a most skilled young lady to write a […]

Sunday Morning Reads

July 27, 2014


Have you been following #WeNeedDiverseBooks on FB or Tumblr? They’ve been coming up with spot on books pairs this summer. The WNDB Team has most recently been joined by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. the Cake Literary Ladies! You know everything is bigger in Texas, including the state’s annual library conference. TLA has got to […]

Meet Crystal Allen!

July 26, 2014


Crystal Allen writes middle grade/young YA fiction that break the mold of what we too often find in children’s literature.  I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing The Laura Line which was released in 2013. Thirteen-year-old Laura Dyson wants two things in life: to be accepted by her classmates and to be noticed by baseball star […]

call for proposals: REFORMA

July 24, 2014

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The Call for Proposals to present at the Fifth REFORMA National Conference (RNC5) taking place in San Diego, CA, April 1-4, 2015, is now open! REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking Please visit the website below to get the information and send your proposals for leading […]

review: Naughts and Crosses

July 22, 2014


Title: Naughts and Crosses author: Malorie Blackman date: 2001; Simon and Schuster main character: Callum McGregor     Crosses and naughts. Blacks and whites. Crosses and noughts is the British name for tic tac toe. Malorie Blackman uses the title to describe an alternative universe where Blacks are superior to Whites with Jim Crow type […]

Free Books! Apply for the Great Books Giveaway

July 16, 2014

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Need some new books for your YA collection? Consider applying for the Great Books Giveaway administered by YALSA. Each year, the YALSA office receives approximately 2000 newly published books, videos, CDs and other materials targeted primarily towards young adults. These are awarded to libraries that submit winning applications to the Great Books Giveaway. For more […]

Quick Little Post of Possibilities

July 9, 2014

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Hi! Book reviews to write, classes to plan and, another article underway. So, I’m just going to quickly share to really good opportunities that I really hope one of my readers will jump at. First, The International Reading Association’s 60th Annual Conference, “Transforming Lives Through Literacy”will be held 18-20 July in St. Louis. Proposals are […]

review: Feral Nights

July 7, 2014


title: Feral Nights author: Cynthia Leitich Smith date: Candlewick; 2013 main character: Yoshi Kitihara Yoshi is a high school senior being raised by his grandmother in Oklahoma well, until grams catches him with this girl he brought home for the night. Gram has a strict “No Company Allowed” policy that she enforces with a shotgun. […]

New Releases: July

July 5, 2014


The following books YA written by authors of color are released in July 2014. Know of others? Please, leave a comment! Need covers? They’re on my Pinterest page. JULY Pig Park by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez; Cinco Puntos Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne; Disney Hyperion The Shadow Hero: Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew; First Second Press  Falling […]