le petit prince by refche

listen to me!

If you were ever curious about what I sound like when I talk, you've got the opportunity. I'm included in the YALSA Annual Podcast #2, where I get to babble on about Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.

Gosh, I sound different than I thought I did. And I was rather distressed by how many 'ums' crept in. I'll have to work on that.
jessica darling

a pick and a pan

Gotten via library_grrls: A Hipper Crowd of Shushers

Okay, I'm going to get up on a soapbox for a moment.

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So, this article did not make my day. But what does, you ask? del.icio.us. I had heard about it at the YALSA preconference during Midwinter 2007, and meant to look into then, but I never got to it. But recently, with moving and having only one of my two computers with me, I decided to check it out as a way to manage bookmarks. And oh my goodness, it's so great! I know there's the whole social networking aspect to it, and it can be interesting to see how many other people have bookmarked something that you have. But what I love is that I can have access to all my bookmarks, from any computer. It's fantastic. So I highly recommend del.icio.us; I'm already thinking of setting up another account as a way to manage links on MPOW's teen site.
svh double love by squishicons

Fall 2007/Winter 2008 ARC Roundup

This ARC Roundup is about books that will be published this fall and winter. I'll update this post as I read, including modifying the date of the entry. There are no spoilers, beyond my personal rating. ARCs are listed in alphabetical order by author. Rating is 1-5 stars, with one being the lowest. If you're interested in any of these ARCs, just drop me a comment and I'll be happy to send the ARC to you. You can also check for more ARCs at YoungAdultARCs.

Book of a Thousand Days
Shannon Hale
Publication Date: October 2007
Blurb: When Dashti, a maid, and her mistress, Lady Saren, are shut in a tower for seven years after Saren refuses to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark time. As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and semi-comfortable. But the arrive outside the tower of Saren's two suitors--one welcome, the other decidedly less so--brings the girls both hope and great danger.
Rating: 4 stars

The Luxe
Anna Godbersen
Publication Date: November 20, 2007
Blurb: Anna Godbersen's delicious first novel follows five compelling teens in 1899 Manhattan, where appearance matters over everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever. From star-crossed lovers and backstabbing best friends to a bad girl doing things bad girls do and a good girl doing things bad girls do, this trip to the age of innocence is anything but. Gossip Girl meets the Gilded Age in this season's most sensational debut.
Rating: 2 1/2 stars

Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
Wendy Mass
Publication Date: September 2007
Blurb: Written in witty, accessible verse, Wendy Mass's novel tells the story of sixteen-year-old Tessa and what happens in the moments after a shocking gym class accident. Tessa finds herself in heaven, which bears a striking resemblence to her hometown mall, and in the tradition of It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, she stars reliving her life up until that moment. Tessa sees some things she's rather forget, learns some things about herself she'd rather not know, and ultimately she must find the answer to one burning question--if only she knew what the question was.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Gabrielle Zevin
Publication Date: September 18, 2007
Blurb: If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn't have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn't have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn't have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
summer reading by lafemme_icons

just a general fyi sort of post

You know, I really should try and at least blog once a week. It's amazing, considering how much I love a) blogging b) reading and c) talking about books, that I can't manage to keep this LJ going. But hopefully, now that I've got a new job, I'll be able to be better about blogging.

And, yes, new job! I'm a teen librarian at the main branch of a county library system in Maryland. Things are going very well, and I'm looking forward to working on lots of different projects here.

As a small recap:
--BookExpo was fantastic. Lots of books, lots of good discussions with lizzb and cedarlibrarian. Highlights include Shannon Hale recognizing me on the exhibits floor and asking me how I was doing and having David Levithan note in my copy of Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List that it was the first time he and Rachel Cohn had signed that book.
--ALA was equally fantastic but in different ways. Very very few books, but lots of good hard work with Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, hanging out with cedarlibrarian, lizzb, and princess_poddy. Oh, and the Printz reception! John Green was funny and self-deferential as always, Markus Zusak was hot and witty, Sonya Hartnett was very very funny, M.T. Anderson was wonderfully reflective, and Gene Yang was funny and smart and brought visual aids, as you'd expect.

I read Life As We Knew It last night and was completely blown away. I should do a fuller review at some point, but since it's unlikely that will happen, let me just say that it was completely and totally amazing.

And now, I need to get to work on fall programming. Yay!
kare kano

when a picture is worth a thousand words

So I was poking around on Amazon, doing some work for PPYA, when I came across this book cover. Let me just say, the addition of Amazon's "Search Inside" logo gave this cover a new meaning . . .

Am I the only one who's giggling like a twelve-year-old about that? :-)

In other news: many congratulations on the winners in the recent ALA elections! I'm particularly thrilled about some of the YALSA results: I know Michele Gorman will do a great job on the YALSA Board of Directors. But even more happy-making for me is that Liz Burns was elected to the Printz, as well as my fellow PPYAers Marin Yonker and Alison Hendon. Yay!!!! [tosses confetti]
comics seems like spidey by coqalane

movie news!

Hamri to Direct Sisterhood Sequel
Yay!!! Oh, I so hope all the original actresses come back--I thought The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was one of the better book-to-movie adaptations, and a lot of that was because of the cast. Plus, I'm excited that it's getting a sequel, and that it'll be going right to the fourth book, so that you'll have that growth in the characters.

Sam Raimi Confirms Spidey 4, 5, and 6
This is slightly less exciting, since we don't know anything about who's gonna direct, whether Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst will come back, etc. Since it's frankly unlikely, IMHO, that any of those three will return, I'm waiting to see whether I should look forward to this or not.
whedonverse reading by sandy_s

ARC Roundup

I'll be listing info about ARCs I received at ALA Midwinter and have read. I'll update this post as I read, including modifying the date of the entry. There are no spoilers, beyond my personal rating. ARCs are listed in alphabetical order by author. Rating is 1-5 stars, with one being the lowest. If you're interested in any of these ARCs, just drop me a comment and I'll be happy to send the ARC to you. You can also check for more ARCs at YoungAdultARCs.

Open Court
Carol Clippinger
Publication Date: June 12, 2007
Blurb: Hall Braxton is a warrior on the tennis court, who routinely obliterates her competition. Her parents and coach want her to enroll at a prestigious tennis academy in Florida so that she can take her game to the next level, but Hall isn't so sure she wants to leave her friends and family in Colorado behind. When her doubles partner suffers a breakdown at a tournament and her coach's voice suddenly disappears from her game, Hall questions if it's possible to be a tennis phenomenon and a regular teenager at the same time.
Rating: 2 1/2 stars

The Black Sheep
Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout
Publication Date: May 2007
Blurb: Fed up with her parents and all their ridiculous rules (they keep a binder full of them), fifteen-year-old Kendra Bishop writes away to The Black Sheep, a reality TV show that offers the chance to swap families with another teen. But when the camera crew, led by brash TV producer Judy Greenberg, shows up at her Manhattan apartment, Kendra starts to have second thoughts.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Masquerade (A Blue Bloods Novel)
Melissa de la Cruz
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
Blurb: Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man that can help--her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly under way for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city's wealthy, powerful, and unhuman--a true Blue Blood affair. But it's at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire's destiny.
Rating: 2 1/2 stars

Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress
Tina Ferraro
Publication Date: February 13, 2007
Blurb: Sophomore year, Nicolette Antonovich was dumped two days before prom by the hottest guy at school--Rod "Rascal" Pasqual. As a result, she became the proud owner of one unworn, perfectly magical pink vintage dress. And she got to stare at it all evening long as a reminder.
But Nic is determined to put that night behind her for good. She's a junior now--older, wiser, and completely overwhelmed by a new set of problems.
Rating: 4 stars

Nobody's Princess
Esther Friesner
Publication Date: April 24, 2007
Blurb: She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Spart just itches for more out of life. Unlike her sister, Clytemnestra, she takes no pleasure in weaving and embroidery. And despite what her mother says, she's not even close to being interested in getting married. Instead, she wants to do combat training with her older brothers, go on heroic adventures, and be free to do what she wishes and find out who she is.
Rating: 3 stars

A.M. Jenkins
Publication Date: May 29, 2007
Blurb: When a curious demon takes a break from hell, vacationing in the body of a seventeen-year-old named Shaun, readers are in for a devilishly funny look at the complexities and perplexities of modern teen life.
Rating: 5 stars

The Breakup Bible
Melissa Kantor
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
Blurb: Jennifer thinks she and Max are the perfect couple . . . right up until he tells her they'd be better off as "just friends." Jennifer's sure there must be some mistake--everyone knows that soul mates don't break up, they live happily ever after. How is she supposed to face the rest of her life (starting with school on Monday) if she's not Max Brown's girlfriend anymore?
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

E. Lockhart
Publication Date: May 2007
Blurb: Two theater-mad, self-invented, fabulositon Ohio teenagers. One boy, one girl. One gay, one straight. One black, one white. And SUMMER DRAMA CAMP. It's a season of hormones, gold lame, hissy fits, jazz hands, song and dance, true love, and unitards that will determine their future--and test their friendship.
Rating: 4 stars

The Off Season
Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Publication Date: June 4, 2007
Blurb: Life is looking up for D.J. Schwenk, star of Dairy Queen. She's made it to eleventh grade, finally. She's reconnecting with her best friend. She's got kind of a thing going with Brian Nelson, who's cute and popular and smart and seems to like her anyway. Plus she's playing for the Red Bend High School football team--as the first female linebacker in northern Wisconsin. But then the season goes suddenly, horribly wrong. As her life and her family are turned upside down, D.J. is forced to dig deeper than she ever had to on the field.
Rating: 4 stars

Call Me Hope
Gretchen Olson
Publication Date: April 2007
Blurb: Eleven-year-old Hope has friends, is doing well at school, just started a part-time job that she loves, and is looking forward to the end-of-sixth-grade "rite of passage"--Outdoor School. But all of this starts to unravel as she struggles to live under the pressure of her verbally abusive mother. But instead of running away, she chooses resilience, and ultimately, Hope is finally able to confront her mother about her hurtful words and help her begin to change. This engaging, satisfying novel about an important issue will touch and inspire readers.
Rating: 2 1/2 stars

Cures for Heartbreak
Margo Rabb
Publication Date: February 13, 2007
Blurb: "Cures for Heartbreak is full of sadness, humor, and quirky details that ring completely true. I thoroughly enjoyed it." --Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep
Rating: 3 stars

The Titan's Curse (Book Three, Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Rick Riordan
Publication Date: May 2007
Blurb: When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and . . . a ride from his mom.
The demigods race to the rescue, to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two new powerful half-bloods whose parentage is unknown. But that's not all that awaits them. The Titan Lord Kronos has set up his most devious trap yet, and the young heroes have just fallen prey.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
tales that mattered by teh_indy

the sisterhood forever?

Although I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood at a Random House Children's Books preview, it took me a while to sit down and read it. I had so loved what happened in Girls in Pants that I think I put off reading Forever in Blue. It seems that instinct was spot-on.

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jessica darling

a thank you is in order

Victoria and all the folks at Hachette/Little, Brown, rock. I went to their preview last week, and it was an excellent time, and not just because I was with cedarlibrarian and L.

I've already read Don't You Forget About Me, the eleventh Gossip Girl book. And, in breaking news, it's the last one! Thanks to the Gossip Girl series that will be appearing on the CW this fall, the Gossip Girl books are going on hiatus for a while. In October, a hardcover prequel, It Had to Be You, will be published. Then, next year I believe, the Gossip Girl series will be relaunched with a new cast of characters. So, yay!

I've just started Heaven Looks A Lot Like The Mall, a novel in verse by Wendy Mass, and I'm really enjoying it. Stay tuned for more info . . .