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Saturday Trailers: Dove Arising

February 21, 2015

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What better day for a book trailer than a Saturday? Dove Arising by Karen Boa releases 24 Feb. “Be there or be a regular quadrilateral”. Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants […]

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 […]

book review: Drift

June 20, 2014


title: Drift author: M. K. Hutchins date: Tu Books, May 2014 main character: Tenjat M.K. Hutchins gave herself one helluva challenge of world building with this one. I think she’s taught me that when reading speculative fiction, it’s advisable to look for the author’s notes in order to better understand this new world and the […]

book review: The Deep

March 18, 2014


title: The Deep author: Zetta Elliott date: 2013; Rosetta Press main character: Nyla The Deep continues the stories of Nyla, Keem and D that began in Ship of Souls. While Ship of Souls was D’s story, The Deep is Nyla’s. We knew something happened to Nyla in Germany and now we find what it was […]

Interview: Alaya Dawn Johnson

June 11, 2013

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I actually met Alaya (‘rhymes with papaya’) Dawn Johnson at ALAN in Las Vegas last winter. She radiated an energy that was fresh and new to YA and I knew I wanted to interview her. Since then, she’s released The Summer Prince and, from the reviews I’ve been seeing, she’s been quite busy! Thankfully, I […]


February 13, 2011


February. Way back when I began teaching, I hearted February as it gave me the opportunity to do veer from the tried and true and do some really creative things with my students. Because the student population at the Catholic school where I taught was 100% African American, we would celebrate Valentines Day as “I […]