CYAPodcast – Page 26 – Read. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

Mockingjay or, Crazy Bread

Suzanne Collins – Author website
Scholastic – Publisher website
Wikipedia entry

Other Articles

Hunger Games analysis by
Hogwarts Professor: A Round-Up of “HogPro” Hunger Games Posts


Do NOT leave cell phone charging in a hot car
Labyrinth – Wiki entry
Guardians of the Flame: Sleeping Dragon by Joel Rosenberg

Cathie Sue
Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
by Barbara O’Connor
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Girl in the Arena
by Lise Haines
IT Crowd – BBC Show

Mad Men – AMC original show

Scott Pilgrim, or,….wait. What?

Scott Pilgrim Precious Little Life by Bryan O'MalleyScott Pilgrim vs The World by Bryan O'MalleyScott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness by Bryan O'MalleyScott Pilgrim Gets It Together by Bryan O'MalleyScott Pilgrim vs The Universe by Bryan O'MalleyScott Pilgrim Finest Hour vol 6 by Bryan O'Malley

RADIOMARU – Author website

Scott Pilgrim – graphic novel website

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Movie – Movie website

Scott Pilgrim Avatar Creator! – Create your own Scott Pilgrim avatar

Fan Service – Wikipedia entry

Zombie Survival Guide – Survival and Defense Wiki

Zombieland – Movie website


Agree, Disagree or Abstain with SHAME
You, too, can play along with or at home!

VOYA’s Perfect Tens


by Hope Larson
Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire

Cathie Sue
Eat more fiber
Gladiator Boy by David Grimstone, published by Grosset & Dunlap (not for 3 year olds!)
Library Wars: Love and War vol 1 by Hiro Arikawa published by Shojo Beat

The Mortal Instruments Series
by Cassandra Clare

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

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Author website


Gay Teen Literature

Extended Topic Resources

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


Forever Young Adult
@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.

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

One Crazy Summer

Extended Resources

Rita Williams-Garcia Author’s website
Sally Wern Comport Illustrator’s website;  cover art , Jacket Knack interview
Black Panthers Wikipedia entry
1964 Brown University Scholarly Technology Group
Huey Newton
Gwendolyn Brooks “We Real Cool” Wikipedia entry
Brenda and the Tabulations “Dry Your Eyes”
Bobby Hutton Wikipedia entry
Reverend King The King  Center website
Bobby Kennedy Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
Merriam Webster Wikipedia entry
Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali
Mr. Bubble Bath Wikipedia entry
Eldridge Cleaver Wikipedia entry
H. Rap Brown Wikipedia entry
Ho Chi Minh Wikipedia entry

Related Book
Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Series Update (PDF)
How to do a booktalk
Nancy Keane, booktalks website
Google search results: How to do a book talk


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

Cathie Sue
Marvel iPhone App; DC iPhone App
#dearpublisher Twitter hashtag

Clean House Style Network
Finding My Place by Traci L. Jones

Heist Society

Heist Socity by Ally Carter

Extended Resources

Ally Carter website – check out her FAQ, her list of con movies and her reading guide (Hyperion Books for Children, PDF)

Heist Society has been optioned by Warner Bros with DiNovi Pictures Producing – read the Variety article

Common Con Schemes – Federal Bureau of Investigations
Edgar Degas (Wikipedia), PBS Great Performances
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Johannes Vermeer
Leonardo da Vinci (Wikipedia)
World Famous Museums


Plucky orphans
Cathie Sue’s list of Plucky Orphan Stories

  • Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce
  • When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester

Parents, don’t they suck.

The Parent Problem in Young Adult Literature” by Julie Just, New York Times Essay, April 1, 2010.
Non-suck-y parent books:

  • My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Finley Park by Steve Kluger
  • Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar
  • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

ALA Annual 2010
the pageturn – HarperCollins Children’s Books
Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka (YouTube)


Cathie Sue:
ICE (In Case of Emergency) Contact on your mobile phone
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

on TNT

So You Think You Can Dance
on Fox

The Wager

Extended Resources

Donna Jo Napoli website

SurLaLune Fairy Tales

Bearskin and Other Tales


Best and worst read in 2010



  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  • For the Win by Cory Doctorow
  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • Fire by Kristen Cashore


  • Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
  • Vamped by Lucienne Diver
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer



  • Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
  • Willoughby and the Lion by Greg Foley
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan


  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Cathie Sue


  • The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
  • The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick
  • Trickster by Matt Dimbicki
  • Foiled by Jane Yolen
  • Christopher Farnsworth by Blood Oath (adult)
  • Ship Breaker byPaolo Bacigalupi


  • Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick



  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (highly recommended – best female character in YFic. Better than Katniss, even!)
  • What It Is by Lynda Barry (highly recommended – great graphic memoir and creativity exercise book)


  • Swoon by Nina Malkin
  • Geek Charming by Robin Palmer


Karl: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and other books by Cory Doctorow, all available as free e-books at
62 Projects to Make With a Dead Computer and Other Discarded Electronics by Randy Sarafan (see my library Instructable at

Cathie Sue: @cathiesue on Twitter
@booktalker Nancy Keane on Twitter, website, Booktalks Quick and Simple, on iTunes
WorldCat app

Adrienne: The Magicians by Lev Grossman –  2010 Alex Award Selection

Incarceron or A Tale of Two Prisons

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Subscribe/Listen in iTunes

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher book review mp3

Extended Resources

Catherine Fisher Official Website – sequel Sapphique due in December 28, 2010

Fox has the film rights to make Incarceron a movie – from

Washington Post review
Ferretbrain review

Moirae Witches – Wikipedia entry


Summer Series Books (text file)


Cathie Sue: “We Hear the Dead” by Diane Salerni and “Revolver” by Sedgewick

Emily: “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green and David Levithan

Adrienne: iBookShelf App by Josh Pressnall $1.99 plus $.99 for scan feature.

Reading List

  • “The Wager” by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Heist Society” by Ally Carter
  • “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia

White Cat, or 99 Problems

White Cat: The Curse Workers by Holly Black

Subscribe/Listen in iTunes

White Cat by Holly Black book review mp3

Extended Resources

Holly Black, wikipedia entry, official website

Sequels: Red Glove (2011, status of book) and Black Heart

Books of Doom White Cat cover art, synopsis and review

Magritte (Google images search)

Villanelle poetry – definition by Wikipedia. Villanelle poetry example of Edwin Arlington Robinson’s House on the Hill and Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night on LibriVox.

Other Topics


Grifters 1990 film, directed by Stephen Frears, novel by Jim Thompson, starring Anjelica Huston, John Cusack and Annette Bening
Miller’s Crossing 1990 film, directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Jon Polito

Cathie Sue:
Mac Slater Hunts the Cool by Tristan BancksMac Slater Cool Hunter website

Castle – ABC TV show starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic
For the Win by Cory Doctorow

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

Odd-Fish Interivew

The group was very lucky to score a video Skype interview with James Kennedy author of Order of the Odd-Fish.

Order of the Odd-Fish by James Kennedy

Order of the Odd-Fish by James Kennedy

This book is about Jo Larouche who was found with a note declaring her a “dangerous baby”. After thirteen years of a relatively quiet life with her eccentric Aunt, Jo is swept up in an fast-paced adventure and find out just how “dangerous” she really is.

Visit James Kennedy

Listen to the James Kennedy Interview.

December’s book was Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. January’s book is Graceling by Kristin Cashore.