Category Archives: Children’s / YA Lit

Fly By Night

Mosca Mye’s mother died in childbirth, leaving her with her father, the meticulously minded scholar, Quillam Mye. Although Quillam “felt a brief calm at the idea of turning his daughter into a freak by teaching her letters,” he couldn’t help himself. … Continue reading

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A Long Way from Chicago and A Season of Gifts

I’m on record as believing that the Newbery committee has a thing for the Depression. I can name at least three or four books in the past decade or so set in the Depression that have won the Newbery medal. … Continue reading

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The Raven Cycle

You guys. YOU GUYS. Last year, Teresa put Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races on my list for our annual Book Swap, and I thought it was great, so I put her Raven Cycle on my list for some-other-time. And then … Continue reading

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Let the Circle Be Unbroken

Years ago, in 2009, I read Mildred Taylor’s Newbery Award-winning novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, mostly because I’d never read it in elementary or middle school and wanted to see what everyone else had read. It wasn’t for … Continue reading

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The Long Winter

When I looked over the Shelf Love archive, it surprised me to see that I have never reviewed one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels. Teresa and I reviewed Pioneer Girl, her (heavily annotated) autobiography, and I reviewed The Wilder Life, … Continue reading

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How to Train Your Dragon

I just returned from a short road trip to Portland, OR with my two children (aged, incredibly, 11 and 8.) The trip from where I live in Spokane is about 6 hours each direction, so naturally I got the requisite … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Comics

If anyone had told me five years ago that an animated Nickelodeon show would become one of my favorite TV shows ever, I’d have had a hard time believing it. I don’t consider myself too grown-up for animation or anything … Continue reading

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The Raven King

It was a long wait, but Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series concluded this week with the release of The Raven King. In the past few weeks, I reread all three of the preceding books. (This included listening to The Raven Boys on audio, … Continue reading

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Thorn

The Goose Girl is a character from Grimm, of course, and she’s unfortunate (also of course.) She’s a princess riding her talking horse on her way to meet her prince when her maid forces her to switch places and threatens … Continue reading

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Bone Gap

This acclaimed young adult novel by Laura Ruby is high in concept; there’s magical realism, Greek mythology, dueling storylines and points of view, beekeeping, feminism, face blindness, immigration, forced marriage (sort of), pet chickens, and a lot more. There’s so … Continue reading

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