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The Gone-Away World
DAG. Nick Harkaway is well into his third pint and his eleventh story when he looks around and realizes he's got half the bar hanging on his every wor ...more
Sep 29, 2008
Sep 21, 2008
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)
**spoiler alert** Interesting. The adoration of Jenna Fox is many things. It is:

* a young adult speculative fiction novel for girls who don't like sc
Jul 2008
Oct 02, 2008
Hemlock Grove
DO NOT read reviews of this book. Except maybe this one because I am not going to say ANYTHING.

There's a standard question people ask in interviews: "
Nov 12, 2012
Nov 08, 2012
The Story of Owen (The Story of Owen #1)
I will write more about this book closer to its pub date, (full review on Pink Me but here is the quick vers ...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)
Skulduggery Pleasant is Derek Landy's first book for children, and the second is already in the can, which is a Very Good Thing. His characters are br ...more
Apr 2008
Sep 23, 2008
Guardian (Proxy, #2)
The second book in the Proxy trilogy had me worried. Proxy was an overthrow novel, a book about an unfair government being taken down by a ragtag band ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Lowriders in Space (Book 1)
There is no review of this book I can write, because I can't transcribe the happy harmonica and friendly growl of War's 1975 classic song "Low Rider." ...more
Jun 03, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
The Rule of Three
One afternoon, as teenage Adam and his best friend Todd are working in their high school computer lab, their computer abruptly shuts down. All the com ...more
Nov 24, 2013
Nov 19, 2013
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I do approve of science fiction for girls - too much fiction aimed at young women is vapid and self-fulfilling. And I habitually enjoy post-apocalypti ...more
Oct 07, 2008
Sep 29, 2008
How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country
It occurs to me, this is the first funny book I've read in ages that did not start life as a blog. Not that that is the only notable thing about it. P ...more
not set
Feb 06, 2014
Postapocalypse with unicorn. Ok, I'll bite, especially since I've been hearing about this book from people like Cory Doctorow ever since it was reprin ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
The Unquiet
This one's for the weird ones, the teens whose brains sometimes tilt off-kilter, the people who occasionally wonder if we're not all characters in som ...more
May 09, 2015
May 01, 2015
Jeez, the moment when you turn the page and she has grown up and gone to Africa and it's that famous picture of her greeting the baby chimpanzee with ...more
Dec 13, 2011
Dec 13, 2011
Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke
Apparently, I am a "Geddycorn":

"Guitarist Alex Lifeson has the best line... on their fan base: 'In the early stages, it was very young, almost one hun
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
Thirty Sunsets
Let's run the numbers, shall we?

TWO unplanned teen pregnancies
ONE rape
ONE attempted rape
ZERO uses of the word "abortion"

It is OK to write a book if yo
Jun 06, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
**spoiler alert** I am noticing in myself a sinking feeling - an automatic 'here we go again' feeling that until now I haven't really been able to put ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
Bad Marie
DAMN. Literature with a capital L, and you know, it's idiotic of me, but I always forget that Literature with a capital L is frequently just as entert ...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
After the End (After the End, #1)
Gr 6-12 -- When is an apocalypse not an apocalypse? When it’s a lie told to an isolated community living off the land. Juneau has grown up off the gri ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
The Cellar (The Cellar, #1)
Her name is Summer. She’s fifteen and in love with her boyfriend Lewis and annoyed by her brother and doesn’t like scary movies. But the man who abduc ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Optimism, positivity, taking action, facing fears, venturing into the unknown.

In other words, everything you want in a book for children. Or - everyth
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
Chip Wants a Dog
No. NO! This is the most brilliant beginning reader I have ever read. Chip wants a dog. Chip is played by one of William Wegman's gorgeous Weimaraners ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 01, 2014
The Boy in the Black Suit
The ONLY reason this realistic book that is by turns funny and heart-wrenching did not get 5 stars from me is the author's reliance on coincidence to ...more
Dec 25, 2014
Dec 25, 2014
Yard Sale
And there you go. I often find Eve Bunting's issue-oriented books to be kind of lugubriously heavy-handed. I mean, we just HAD riots in Baltimore, and ...more
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015
Evidence of Things Not Seen
I was sent this book in a group of potential New Adult titles. I don't know what New Adult is. I thought I did, but apparently not.

But I don't think E
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
Ready Player One
Do you know what a lich is? If someone taunts you with, "Answer the question, Claire," who are you being compared to? (Extra points: what's the questi ...more
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime
Oh. Mygod. How much do children love reading this book. Even kids who aren't reading yet can read this book. And they love to do it!

I finally got a ch
Nov 06, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
The Day I Lost My Superpowers
Enchanted Lion books, how I love you so! Your supersturdy papers are like lovely linen under my fingertips. Your authoritative corners and stiff board ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
The Rules
Popcorn drive-in horror - a great summer read. Everyone's a suspect as overprivileged teens get knocked off one by one in bloody, horrifying ways. As ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
No Fits, Nilson!
"Amelia covers Nilson's mouth and stares him down with a gorilla eye lock, repeating the words 'banana ice cream' over and over."

There are two things
Aug 07, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee  (Origami Yoda #3)
I swear these just keep getting better. The current crisis at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School is... how will everyone get by without the guidance of Ori ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
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