Children’s Book Week Celebrates Kids Comics

MK Reed

Welcome to Children’s Book Week. Once again I’m thrilled to participate in this celebration of graphic novels, because my own three children are such big devotees of comics and graphic novels. The books in First Second’s catalog are of particular interest to my clan, so when I was asked to participate in this special comics-focused […]

YA Diversity Book Club: Discussion about Fifteen Lanes

Fifteen Lanes

Welcome to the April edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we feature in partnership with Lucy at The Reading Date and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read S.J. Laid law’s contemporary drama about two girls in Mumbai: one a privileged white daughter of a Canadian executive and another the daughter of a sex worker. […]

Review: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch  Simon Pulse | 400 pages | Buy it on IndieBound ~Amazon A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure. Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn t in the mood for […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for History Buffs

historical YA fiction

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is dedicated to pics for history buffs. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, here are ten titles you won’t want to miss. They’re all intricately researched, beautifully written, and quite memorable. Some are huge best-sellers and others aren’t as well-known, but you can’t go wrong with any of these books! […]

Indie Bookstore Spotlight: White Birch Books


Over Spring Break, my family traveled to New Hampshire — mostly because two years ago I ordered my husband custom Peter Limmer boots, and time was running out for him to have his feet professionally measured by the bootmaker. Everywhere I travel with my family, I have a few must-dos: have an awesome breakfast, go on an […]

YA Diversity Book Club: Q&A with Jessica Love

Jessica Love

Welcome to the March edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we feature in partnership with Lucy at The Reading Date and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read IN REAL LIFE, a contemporary “best friends to more” romance by Jessica Love. We were lucky enough to get Jessica to speak to us about her […]

Looking For a New Contributor to Teen Lit Rocks

Help Wanted

I’m sure most of you have noticed that I haven’t been updating as much. The truth is that I have 4-6 books to review professionally each month, in addition to 8-10 movies and other features, so my ability to create original content and update the blog on a regular basis has fallen off quite a lot lately. I definitely […]

GIVEAWAY: Anniversary Edition of The Book Thief

The Book Thief

One of the first young adult books I read six years ago when I started reading YA seriously is THE BOOK THIEF. I was at my local toy & book store, Child’s Play, and the owner/bookseller Phyllis was raving about a book narrated by Death and written by a handsome Aussie. That book, of course, […]

YA Diversity Book Club: Love The One You’re With

YA Diversity Book Club

Welcome to the February edition of YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we run in partnership with Lucy at The Reading Date and Kristan at We Heart YA. For our first official pick of 2016 (last month we did a roundup of diverse books we hoped to read this year), we chose THE GIRL FROM […]

Love-a-Thon 2016: More About Me


Sorry I’m so late to the game, I was at a conference yesterday and couldn’t write my Love-a-Thon post. Thanks to the bloggers who run this annual event! 1. What’s your name? Sandie 2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Washington D.C. area 3. How did you get into blogging in the first […]