YA Diversity Book Club: Weight of Feathers Discussion

The Weight of Feathers

Welcome to the belated September edition of the #YADiversityBookClub, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other bloggers: Kristina at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read debut author Anna-Marie McLemore‘s magical-realism romance “The Weight of Fathers,” about a story as old as […]

Monday Quotes: Moon Books


In honor of the supermoon lunar eclipse last night, we’re sharing quotes from some of our favorite “moon” books. “Between Us and the Moon” by Rebecca Maizel You are on the inside. Deep in your muscles. That’s you. The body is the extension of you. Only give someone your fingers, your skin, and toes if […]

The Girl at the Center of the World Blog Tour

Author Austin Aslan

Today we’re continuing our blogiversary week with a Blog Tour stop for THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, the sequel to Austin Aslan’s critically acclaimed THE ISLANDS AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, which was named one of Kirkus’ Best of 2014 picks. Many thanks to Jillian Vandall at Random House for sending […]

Book Club Day: Reviews of TRACKED

TRACKED by Jenny Martin

It’s our fourth blogging anniversary week, and we’re featuring posts and giveaways every day this week, so stay tuned. Today we’re reviewing a book we read as a group over the summer — TRACKED by Jenny Martin. The book has been frequently compared to both STAR WARS and SPEED RACER, so obviously this is a […]

Monday Quotes: Labor Day Edition

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your day off of work and school. We’re headed to our town’s Labor Day Parade, so I figured in tribute I would dedicate this week’s Monday Quotes to six YA characters who work. It’s not as common any more, given the economy, for teens to work, […]

Little Robot Blog Tour & Giveaway

Ben Hatke, Little Robot

Happy Release Day, Ben Hatke! Little Robot is finally available TODAY, so I’m extra thrilled that it’s my turn on the Little Robot Blog Tour. As the mother of three graphic novel/comics aficionados, I can tell you that Ben Hatke is definitely on our Auto-Buy list. His Zita books are superb, and his stories appeal […]

YA Diversity Book Club: Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything

Welcome to the August edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kristina at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read “Everything. Everything” by Nicola Yoon — the story of Madeline, a bookish, beautiful […]

#ReadRiordan: Why Kids Love the Series & Giveaway


This month for our Percy Pack post, I polled my older two kids, and my friend Michelle’s older two kids, to ask them why they loved the “Percy Jackson” series. Here, straight from the mouths of four kids ages 9-13, are reasons Rick Riordan’s books work for tweens and teens of various ages. ♦ELIAS, age […]

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day & ‘Suffragette’

Suffragette movie poster

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day and the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. In honor of the day, my daughter and I, as well as my friend and her daughter, dressed in purple, one of the three colors of the Suffragette movement symbolizing dignity and ability (the other colors are green for hope, and […]

Monday Quotes: Characters in College

Monday Quotes

This weekend, Diana moved her youngest child in at college. As you can imagine, she’s having an emotional time adjusting to leaving her “baby” at university. In honor of my nephew’s first week of undergraduate school, I’ve compiled a few quotes from YA books that feature college-aged protagonists. These characters in college are still teens, […]