Category Archive: Realistic

YA Debuts

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My post from last spring about middle grade debut authors was pretty popular, so I thought I would revisit the topic of debuts. This time let’s look at teen fiction. Jennifer Longo sets… Continue reading

Review : A Little Something Different

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. 9781250061454. 2014. Gr 9-12. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall is exactly that, a little something different. It’s a romance about a boy and girl… Continue reading

A Not-So-Different World

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Last week, Tracey shared some great speculative fiction titles that take readers into completely new worlds, and she shared her childhood love for such magical worlds.  For readers, like myself, who prefer contemporary… Continue reading

Reading summer

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By now many Books in Bloom readers and their students are probably on summer vacation. Maybe you’ve looked forward to your summer break for the opportunity to relax and catch up on your… Continue reading

A Few 2014 Debut Authors

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We all have those authors we’re watching and waiting, sometimes anxiously, for whatever they are going to publish next. I know I do. But sometimes I like to make it a point to… Continue reading

Books and Gender

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I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of upper elementary-age boys at a local public school last week. Their wonderful librarian had set up the “guys group” to be a focus… Continue reading

Review: Radiance of Tomorrow

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Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah. 2014. 9780374246020. Gr. 11-Adult In the years since its 2007 publication, Ishmael  Beah’s compelling memoir Long Way Gone:  Memoirs of a Boy Soldier has been read by… Continue reading

Protagonists and Logophiles

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I am a bibliophile.  Most of you reading this blog about books are probably bibliophiles as well, because a bibliophile is a lover of books. But I am also a logophile.  Not only… Continue reading

Book Review: The Tyrant’s Daughter

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The Tyrant’s Daughter, by J.C. Carleson.  9780449809983.  2014. gr 8-12. For me, anything that sheds light on Middle East culture is a good thing since I know nothing about it.  This illuminating story… Continue reading

Review: The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.

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The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus. 9780439912990. 2013. Gr. 4-6. Math is hard. Being a middle child is hard. Telling the truth is hard. It is obviously hard being Gregory… Continue reading