Category Archives: Teen Books

James Kennedy Interview

I hope you’ve all been watching the original Between Two Ferns, but if you haven’t, you should. Once that’s taken care of, you should watch Madison copy the format in her interview with author James Kennedy, because it’s hilarious.

I don’t know how she manages to keep a straight face through the whole thing. That girl is made of talent. James Kennedy is pretty okay, too, but he’s no Madison. As Madison kind of points out.… Read the rest

“Live in the Layers”

I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,   
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,   

but because it never forgot what it could do.
-from “Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Jules introduced me to this poem some time ago, and I’ve had it in my mind over the last few weeks as people have been in various ways honoring the work I’ve done at WPL. I felt weird about the attention at first, but then I relaxed about it. I am grateful that so many people have in enjoyed the work I’ve … Read the rest

Quotable Wednesday

“Nobody tells you how to get from the bad moment you’re in to where you manage to live happily ever after.”
-Justin in Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis

Penny, I wrote this one in my quote book. Thank you for that.… Read the rest

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”
-Peter Van Houten in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I must start by pointing out the obvious: I can’t separate myself from the subject matter of this book. If you would like an objective review, Jen Robinson wrote a very nice one.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a book about Hazel, a teenager with terminal cancer who falls in love with a guy she meets at her cancer support group.

Books and movies about cancer typically make me angry because they use cancer … Read the rest

Why Cinna is My Favorite Character in The Hunger Games, or I Wanted to Wear My Dress that Bursts into Flames to the Movie Premiere But Tammy Said No

“I asked for District Twelve.”
-Cinna in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Over the weekend, a patron was telling me how she started The Hunger Games and couldn’t finish it. I told her what I often tell people, which is that not every book is for every person. Then she asked me what it was that I liked about a book that is so hopeless and dark.

I gave a kind of evasive answer, partly because the question surprised me and partly because all I could think was that I don’t find The Hunger Games hopeless, which got me … Read the rest


Caesar: The ides of March are come.
Soothsayer: Ay, Caesar; but not gone.
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (Act 3, Scene 1)

I’m a fan of Shakespeare in general, but I have never been able to warm up to Julius Caesar. The last time I saw it staged, I fell asleep in the theatre, marking the one and only time I’ve ever fallen asleep in a theatre. It was that dull.

This is maybe why LIKE AN IDIOT I missed the fact that Suzanne Collins basically stole all the names for the characters in The Hunger Games from … Read the rest

Yes, I Did Buy that Skirt in Portland

Put a Bird On It

By request, here is a picture of me in my boots that mean business, doing my best to look like a librarian/writer/widow/coddled woman of leisure in my office.

I think this is the messiest angle we can get in my still-clean office, but I kind of like the way I’m trying not to crack up while Jason is taking my picture. Also, you can see my Military Xander action figure in the background, which is one of my favorite possessions. I’ve wanted one ever since I read about Mia’s in The Princess Present by Meg Cabot.

I would like to … Read the rest

Quotable Wednesday

“And maybe getting a grip and letting go are not so dissimilar, when the holding on or the letting go is all part of moving on–getting on with it. Getting on with the difficult and dizzying business of living.”
-Tim Wynne-Jones in “Blink & Caution” (2011 Boston Globe Horn Book Fiction Award Winner speech), The Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2012… Read the rest

A Book Cover’s Guide to Swooning

So the girl on the cover this book called Swoon by Nina Malkin doesn’t look like she’s swooning so much as she looks like maybe she’s sleeping:


Or maybe she’s dead. Or… something. Not swooning, though.

The girl on the cover of the sequel, Swear, doesn’t look like she’s swearing. She looks like she’s swooning:


Wouldn’t it have been great to have that girl with that hair and that dress on the cover giving everyone the finger? I’d read that book. I should write that book.

And, fine, I find this cover intriguing, too, or I wouldn’t be blogging … Read the rest

Quotable Saturday

“There was almost always something to take delight in, if you were trying.”
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor… Read the rest