Mock ALA Awards – Lindsey’s Picks

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When Kristin first suggested selecting our own nominees for the ALA awards, I was excited. But then came the agony of narrowing down all the wonderful and fantastic books that came out this… Continue reading

Mindy’s Caldecott, Schneider, & Stonewall Award Picks

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My brain is still in picture-book mode from choosing the picture book titles for our Booktalk Now! Spring Webcast, so I must say I am really looking forward to the Caldecott picks this… Continue reading

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

Promising Fantasy Blooms—and a Contest Winner!

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Bitterblue (Graceling : 3) by Kristin Cashore. May 1, 2012. Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles : 2) by Melina Marchetta.  March 2012. For this fantasy lover, two great fantasy series have additions… Continue reading

Author Interview: Pat Schmatz

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Today I have the pleasure of sharing another author interview with you all!  I recently discovered Pat Schmatz and loved her book Bluefish (check out my review from yesterday). Pat grew up in… Continue reading

Book Review: Bluefish

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Bluefish by Pat Schmatz.  2011.  (ARC copy) Bluefish starts on Travis’ first day of school in a new town. He misses his old house and especially his dog Roscoe, who ran away before… Continue reading

Book Contest! – Contest Closed

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Hi folks! Welcome to our first book contest here at Books in Bloom!  We want to celebrate the New Year, and what better way than to give away a fantastic book.  So we’ve… Continue reading

Review: Breaking Stalin’s Nose

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Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin. 2011. Ten-year-old Sasha is a good Communist. He is about to become a Young Pioneer, which is a great honor in Stalin-era Russia.  He knows what is… 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