Author Archive

ALA Mock Youth Media Awards – Kristin’s Picks

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If you are anything like us, you are eagerly anticipating the ALA Youth Media Awards on January 23rd. It’s like the Oscars for librarians, and the Collection Development department at Mackin has definitely… Continue reading

Author Interview: Kimberly Derting

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I am so pleased to introduce another one of my favorite authors, Kimberly Derting! Yesterday I reviewed her recent release The Pledge—you can check out my review here. Kimberly Derting began her publishing… Continue reading

Book Review: The Pledge

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The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. 2011. In the country of Ludania, the language you speak determines your social class. If you forget your place, you will be harshly punished—or even killed. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina… Continue reading

Kristin’s Top Ten of 2011

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As 2011 draws to a close, I would like to share my favorite titles from this busy year! As per usual, the main problem of making my “Top Ten” list was trying to… Continue reading

Author Interview: Brenna Yovanoff

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I am so thrilled to introduce one of my favorite authors, Brenna Yovanoff! If you happen to recall, I reviewed her latest release The Space Between recently, which you can view here. Brenna… Continue reading

Wintery Picture Books

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Winter has never been one of my favorite seasons. Being a Minnesotan all my life, you think I would be used to our 50-below-zero temps and occasional snowstorms in March. Not so much!… Continue reading

Book Review: The Space Between

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The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. 2011. (ARC Copy) Imagine a place where everything is made of silver and metal, including the flowers. Welcome to Pandemonium, a section of hell that is the… Continue reading

Unlikely Animal Friendships

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The key with books about animal friendships is to entice the reader with captivating photographs as well as a meaningful story–which is what each of these books does so well. All of these… Continue reading

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. 2011. Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well. Are you intrigued yet? Wishes, teeth, mythical… Continue reading

Stomp Out Bullying

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“Stomp Out Bullying” is a campaign whose initiative is to stop bullying and cyber-bullying. I first heard about this on author Heather Brewer’s blog, and I thought the idea was worthy of a… Continue reading