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Author Interview: Coe Booth

September 30, 2014

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On the heels of her successful young adult novels, Coe Booth recently released Just Like a Brother, a middle grade novel about two foster brothers, Jerrod and Kevon. Jarrett doesn’t trust Kevon. But he’s got to share a room with him anyway. It was one thing when Jarrett’s mom took care of foster babies who […]

Authors Extending Their Reach

September 28, 2014

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Several YA authors of color are adding depth to their repertoire this year by writing in outside the young adult world. Charles R. Smith teams up with Marc Aronson to edit One Death, Nine Stories (Candlewick). Nine related stories from nine YA authors. Kev’s the first kid their age to die. And now, even though […]

A Little Hump Day Shine

September 24, 2014

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My word this year is ‘shine’. It can be so easy catching myself not shining my brightest. Typically, those are times I don’t allow others to shine. I’m too bright too dull the glow of others! (Repeating 3x daily) Technology helps me, helps us, shine. I recently updated my iPhone to the new IOS and […]

Blog Tour: Scar of the Bamboo Leaf

September 18, 2014

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Scar of the Bamboo Leaf by Sieni A.M. Genre: Young Adult fiction, Contemporary Romance “Her heart wept when she realized that the hardest part about loving him was the idea that his love was never meant for her.” Walking with a pronounced limp all her life has never stopped fifteen-year-old Kiva Mau from doing what she […]

book review: Shieldwolf Dawning

September 16, 2014

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title: Shieldwolf Dawning author: Selena Nemorin date: Astraea Press; 2014 main character: Samarra Shieldwolf Dawning is the first in a new speculative fiction series by Selena Nemorin. Samarra and her brother, Cassian, have been moved to Gaia, a planet with a deteriorating natural environment and are being raised by the Sairfangs after the death of […]

Fitness and Reading

September 10, 2014

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I’m so excited about presenting at this year’s KidLitCon! 1:30-3   Getting Beyond Diversity and Getting to the Story Edith Campbell Crazy Quilt Edi Hannah Gómez  sarah HANNAH gómez Jewell Parker Rhodes While gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or ability add to who we are, they do not define who we are. And […]

Book Reviews: Non-fiction

September 4, 2014

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I’ve recently read two nonfiction books that are completely unrelated in topic, location and even the time period in which they’re set yet, they’re very similar in that they’re well written books that address the intellect of young adults.   The Compassionate Warrior: abd El Kader of Algeria by Elsa Marston (Wisdom Tales, 2013) summary: […]

From the Heartland: Kekla Magoon

September 2, 2014

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Indiana has proven to be such a rich state for authors who address ethnically diverse characters that I cannot image what I’d find if I looked for authors in Florida, Ohio, Texas or Rhode Island. These authors are among our hometown heroes because they document our local lives. When brought into classrooms and libraries, they […]

September Releases

September 1, 2014

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Need covers? They’re on my Pinterest board for this month.   Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After by Rachel Renee Russell; Aladdin     Nikki Maxwell’s favorite fairy tales get dork-tastic twists in this entry in the #1 “New York Times”-bestselling series. After a bump on the head in gym class on April […]