Category: Book Review

Changed a Few Times: Indi Reviews

 

Adrienne – “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman. The second book in the series is “Shadow Scale.”

Karl – “The KS Talk Books” YouTube reviews by two children

Kelly – “The Toast” website. Also mentioned, “The Butter,” and “The Hairpin

My Shining Dishonesty: Indi Reviews

Karl – “A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray

Jenny – “Gustave” by Remy Simard and Pierre Pratt

Adrienne – “Katytastic” video booktuber of YA books

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, orginated by Siobhan Dowd

Roll call question:
Do you have an unconscious reading list litmus test for potential friendships?

Topic:
LGBT characters in YA literature –

The Swivet (Colleen Lindsay) “On Being Used, the Lack of LGBTQ Characters in YA, and Why It’s Important to Work Togetherby Joanna Stampfel-Volpe (guest blogger)
http://theswivet.blogspot.com/2011/09/guest-blogger-joanna-stampfel-volpe.html

Publisher’s Weekly: “Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA
http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/genreville/?p=1519

Malinda Lo: “I have numbers! Stats on LGBT Young Adult Books Published in the U.S.” – Updated 9/15/11
http://www.malindalo.com/2011/09/i-have-numbers-stats-on-lgbt-young-adult-books-published-in-the-u-s/

Upcoming:
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Short stories from:
Welcome to Bordertown edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

  • Shannon’s Law
  • A Tangle of Green Men

Life on Mars edited by Jonathan Strahan

  • Goodnight moons
  • Wahahla

Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities by Chris Barton,illustrated by Paul Hoppe

  • Cherokee Author
  • Black Man, White Man

 

Space Between Trees or, River’s Edge Revisited

Space Between Trees by Katie Williams

Space Between Trees by Katie Williams – Author website

Topic

Weeding – Texas CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries

We are re-recording Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway and Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes due to technical problems. Those discussion will be available soon. We are staying on our current schedule for now.

Recommendations

Jenny
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett – Author website
The Oatmeal – Comics, Quizzes, and Stories

Emily
Psych on USA Network
Sherlock on BBC and PBS
World’s Ugliest Couch ContestCouch #183 – Voting ends November 30, 2010 – Vote once a day, every day

Adrienne
Me, Myself and Ike by K.L. Denman – Author website
Lost Art of the Great Speech by Richard Dowis – Amazon website
E.B. White Read Aloud Awards

Upcoming Books
You by Charles Benoit
Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka

You Wins Big

Listeners voted and the book the CYA Podcasters will read, review and discuss in December is You by Charles Benoit.

The final votes were:

You with 29 votes
Kneebone Boy with 8 votes
Fat Vampire with 8 votes
Anna and the French Kiss with 5 votes
Half World with 3 votes
A total of 53 votes were cast

Thank you everyone for voting!

Stay caught up:

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams
You by Charles Benoit

Here’s how HarperTeen described the book:

This wasn’t the way it was supposed to go.

You’re just a typical fifteen-year-old sophomore, an average guy named Kyle Chase. This can’t be happening to you. But then, how do you explain all the blood? How do you explain how you got here in the first place?

There had to have been signs, had to have been some clues it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them? Maybe if you can figure out where it all went wrong, you can still make it right. Or is it already too late? Think fast, Kyle. Time’s running out. How did this happen?

You is the riveting story of fifteen-year-old Kyle and the small choices he does and doesn’t make that lead to his own destruction.

In his stunning young-adult debut, Charles Benoit mixes riveting tension with an insightful—and unsettling—portrait of an ordinary teen in a tale that is taut, powerful, and shattering. (HarperTeen)

The Prince of Mist or, He was *mostly* dead

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Author website

Topic

Gay Teen Literature

Extended Topic Resources

Last Words
Bull-E 2010 – The new world of online cruelty” by Emily Bazelon, Slate.com. A series of articles on bullying and Phoebe Prince.
Will by Maria Boyd

Recommendations

Emily
Forever Young Adult
blog
@4everYA on Twitter
@librainiac on Twitter

Cathie Sue
Horning, Kathleen T. From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books. New York: Collins, 2010. Print.

Pitt, Brad, Edward Norton, Carter H. Bonham, David Fincher, and Chuck Palahniuk. Fight Club. Burbank, CA: 20th Century Fox, 2002.
When a ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a soap salesman channel their aggression into therapeutic “fight clubs”, an eccentric woman gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Palahniuk, Chuck. Fight Club. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1996. Print
The rise of a terrorist organization led by a waiter who enjoys spitting in people’s soup. He starts a fighting club, where men bash each other, and the club quickly gains in popularity. It becomes the springboard for a movement devoted to destruction for destruction’s sake.

Adrienne
Grooveshark You listen to the music you want to hear streaming on your computer. You can create playlists and share them with friends.

Upcoming Podcast Books

CYA: Children and Young Adult Book Review Podcast

The CYA Podcast is underway. Cathie Sue, Emily, and I, Adrienne, will review every two weeks selected new children and teen books. Our first recording is May 20 with the podcast being released soon after.

Here are the books we’ve selected so far in recording schedule order:

  • White Cat by Holly Black
  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
  • The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli

Warning: Our reviews will be spoilers. If you haven’t read the book before the podcast and don’t want to know what happens, download the podcast and listen after you have read. Otherwise, join us for the discussion!

We are now reading: White Cat: The Curse Workers by Holly Black. (book trailer on website)

White Cat: The Curse Workers by Holly Black