Browsing All Posts published on »April, 2016«

book review: Dorothy Must Die

April 25, 2016


title: Dorothy Must Die author: Danielle Paige date: Harper, 2014 main character: Amy Gumm young adult fiction   We all cheered for Dorothy to find the Wizard and make her way back home to Kansas. We loved Glinda’s sparkle and the shine of the yellow brick road, but sometimes too much ‘good’ just isn’t all […]

“Lesson Learned: Catching Up With ‘Large Fears’ Author, Myles E. Johnson”

April 20, 2016

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Some of the things I’ve been involved with probably stand out in your memory more than others. One of those things worth remembering has to be the Large Fears controversy. I was involved in it,  but it wasn’t about me. While we remember it as being about Meg Rosoff, it really wasn’t. It was about the […]


April 14, 2016


I’ve been at conferences for the past two weekends. I’d hoped to blog a little about the first one before going to the second one, but that just didn’t happen. A combined post may lead me to better thoughts and insights. The weekend of 1 & 2 April I was at the Faculty Women of […]

review: Booked by Kwame Alexander

April 12, 2016

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title: Booked author: Kwame Alexander date: HMH; April 2016 main character: Nicholas (Nick) Hall Middle Grade Fiction Eighth grade is a grade filled with growing up and this is especially true if your name is Nick Hall. Nick and his mother are quite close but he has a strained relationship with his father. Poor relationships […]

April Releases (middle grade and YA)

April 10, 2016

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Meet Marly: Marly Book 1 by Alice Pung; Penguin Books Australia. Ages 8-12. It’s 1983 and Marly is just trying to fit in at Sunshine Primary School. But being a refugee from Vietnam doesn’t make things easy, and when Marly’s cousins come to stay and end up at the same school, her friends make fun […]

March Rights Reports

April 10, 2016


The following deals were announced for Native American authors and authors of color in March. HarperCollins has bought B.A. Binns’s middle grade novel, Courage, about T’Shawn, whose older brother returns from prison, forcing him to choose between his loyalty and love for him and the desire to protect his mother and little sister. Publication is […]