SYNC: Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens

Hi everyone! I discovered a NEAT THING and wanted to share. So, while writing a collection development paper about audiobooks this semester, I came across SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. In a nutshell, you can get free, high-interest YA audiobooks all summer long. From May 5 through August 17, SYNC will give away two popular audiobook… Continue reading SYNC: Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens


Review: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Seeing as I recently moved to Wisconsin, Amy Timberlake's One Came Home, set in the fictional Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, appealed to me. It follows Georgie Burkhardt, a tough, thirteen-year-old girl whose older sister, Agatha, has just turned up dead after running away a few days prior. Or has she? Georgie is not sure that the… Continue reading Review: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Matilda Reviews: By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

Genre: Young Adult Published: 2010 This book deals with some very heavy subjects---bullying, sexual assault, teen suicide---and it doesn't do it lightly, so be warned. The story is about Daelyn, a seriously troubled young girl who has attempted suicide in the past and who plans to do it again. This time, she's using, an… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

Matilda Reviews: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Published: 2009 Summary: Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Matilda Reviews: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Unpopular Opinion: I didn't really like this book. But hear me out. Most of the people I know who have read Divergent loved it, and I think that's great! I love when people love books, and I even appreciate it when people love books that I don't particularly like, because it makes me think more about what… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Books That Change Lives: A Logical Approach

I just finished reading The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them.  Many people have strong opinions about whether or not books can change lives. I've heard fellow readers vehemently exclaim everything from "Books don't change lives; people change lives!" to "I was never the same after reading… Continue reading Books That Change Lives: A Logical Approach

Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

My girlfriend and I read Howl's Moving Castle out loud to each other, which I believe made it a lot more enjoyable than it would've been if I'd read it in my head. It was a fun, young adult fantasy story about a young girl, Sophie, who gets turned into an old woman. She makes her… Continue reading Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

What Makes a Fantasy World Fantastic?

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm not a fan of science fiction novels, and in general I'm not wild about fantasy either; I tend to gravitate toward books that have a realistic setting. I've been wondering what it is about science fiction/fantasy that turns me off (and what it is about some fantasy book… Continue reading What Makes a Fantasy World Fantastic?

Matilda Reviews: Looking for Alaska by John Green

**Warning: This review contains spoilers.** This is not my first John Green book. A few months ago, after hearing endlessly about Green, I picked up Will Grayson, Will Grayson---and I just wasn't that impressed. It wasn't terrible, but it was too unbelievable. Too sappy. I didn't understand. What's so great about John Green? And then I… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Looking for Alaska by John Green