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Author/Illustrator Interview: Laurianne Uy

July 30, 2013


I had the pleasure of meeting Laurianne (Laur) Uy at ALA a few weeks ago. She is such a charming young lady and so obviously talented that I invited her for an interview. Not only did she agree, but she also signed a copy of Polterguys Vol. 1 that I’ll be giving away in a […]


July 28, 2013


Have you ever had a difficult time deciding if you needed a particular food supplement so you closed your eyes, held it in your hands and quietly waited to see if it there was a natural tendency to pull or push it away? You have to close your eyes and let you instincts kick it […]

Kicking Up Dust

July 23, 2013


I’ve been trying to come up with a blog post for the past few days and keep coming up empty. I thought about linking to the many fine posts that are kicking up dust about the state of ethnic children’s literature, but I’m tired of kicking up that dust. I began this blog over seven […]

Saturday Trailer: Unravel Me

July 13, 2013


What better day for book trailers than a Saturday? Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi  (HarperCollins, 2013) is the second book in the Shatter Me series. About this book: tick tick tick tick tick it’s almost time for war. Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it […]

Back to the Grind

July 8, 2013

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About this time last week I was finishing my last Best Fiction for Young Adult committee meeting in Chicago. I met with 14 other libraries and had such good discussions about the best of what is being published in young adult fiction. Despite the lack of age, gender or ethnic diversity in the group, I […]

July New Releases

July 3, 2013

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July!! I haven’t worked during the summer since the 1970s. I’m pretty sure that having to do so this summer is why it just doesn’t feel like summer at all to me. I keep waiting for… I’m not sure what; just something to happen to signal that it has indeed begun. Nonetheless, we’ve passed the […]