Friday, December 30, 2011

Recommendation: 'Eve' by Anna Carey

Recommendation: 'Eve' by Anna Carey

Eve by Anna Carey. Eve has always been the model student at her School, the child who worked the hardest to learn the lessons she had to... Read more »

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Introducing Valérie Zenatti

Introducing Valérie Zenatti

Valérie Zenatti was born on Nice in 1970, and moved to Israel at the age of 13. There she completed her compulsory military service. It i... Read more »

Saturday, December 24, 2011

5 reasons I want to read 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins

5 reasons I want to read 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of ... Read more »

Friday, December 23, 2011

Recommendation: 'Ashes, ashes' by Jo Treggiari

Recommendation: 'Ashes, ashes' by Jo Treggiari

Ashes, ashes by Jo Treggiari. I got a bit confused by this end of the world novel. The adult population around the world dies as a res... Read more »

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Introducing Jane Yolen

Introducing Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is an multi-award-winning author of more than 300 books (not all of them have won awards, but heaps have). From picture books t... Read more »

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Recommendation: 'I can't keep my own secrets' edited by Rachel Fershleiser

Recommendation: 'I can't keep my own secrets' edited by Rachel Fershleiser

I can't keep my own secrets : six-word memoirs by teens famous & obscure : from Smith magazine edited by Rachel Fershleiser and La... Read more »

Friday, December 16, 2011

Recommendation: 'The tides of avarice' by John Dahlgren

Recommendation: 'The tides of avarice' by John Dahlgren

The BEST book I've read so far this month The tides of avarice: A Sagaria legend by John Dahlgren. What's the book about? '... Read more »

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Introducing Xenocide Mission

Introducing Xenocide Mission

Xenocide Mission by Ben Jeapes This is the sort of novel that makes science fiction great. Joel Gilmore is stationed in a supposedly secr... Read more »

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Introducing War

Introducing War

War can bring out the best and worst in people. It can create opportunities to create and invent. And it destroys lives and countries. ... Read more »

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Top 5 most requested teen titles for November 2011

Top 5 most requested teen titles for November 2011

"A good book has no ending." - R.D. Cumming. I saw Breaking Dawn the movie a couple of weeks ago, and one of the trailers tha... Read more »

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Introducing Vampires

Introducing Vampires

Yeah, vampires. Over the years we’ve talked about them a bit and found a few vampire novels: Teen vamp and were novels Vamp humour ... Read more »

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Introducing Vivian Vande Velde

Introducing Vivian Vande Velde

Vivian Vande Velde has always wanted to be a writer, but it took her a while to actually go about doing it. It was the 33rd publisher who ... Read more »

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Introducing Unicorns

Introducing Unicorns

Last summer, during the Supernatural Showdown the Unicorn made it past Baba Yaga in the heats, but came unstuck against the Werewolf in the... Read more »

Friday, November 25, 2011

Farewell Anne McCaffrey

Farewell Anne McCaffrey

Proviso: some of her books are more suitable to older teens / adults. For decades, my family have been Anne McCaffrey fans. I think I c... Read more »

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Introducing Urusla K Le Guin

Ursula K Le Guin (the K stands for Kroeber, her mother’s maiden name) is an award-winning and ground-breaking science-fiction / fantasy aut... Read more »

Friday, November 18, 2011

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Introducing Trei

Trei appears in The Chronicles of Stone trilogy by New Zealand author Vince Ford. Trei and his twin sister Souk, along with their friend ... Read more »

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Introducing: Penelope Todd

New Zealand author Penelope Todd has also been published as Penelope Huber (which is a bit confusing). Penelope lives in Dunedin, and most ... Read more »

Saturday, November 12, 2011

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Introducing Steampunk

What is Steampunk? According to Wikipedia , it's a sub-genre of science fiction, usually set in a Victorian-era time period (or, sort of... Read more »

Friday, November 11, 2011

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Introducing Sabriel

Sabriel is the creation of Garth Nix. Sabriel is the daughter of the Abhorsen – a necromancer who lays the dead to rest. She attends Wyver... Read more »

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Introducing Alex Sanchez

Alex Sanchez and his family moved to America when Alex was five. Alex’s mother claims she never knew he was gay – something Alex finds har... Read more »

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Introducing 'Red spikes' by Margo Lanagan

Introducing 'Red spikes' by Margo Lanagan

Red spikes is the third of Margo Lanagan’s colour-titled short story collections. Lanagan’s stories range from the gentle to the creepy, a... Read more »

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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Introducing Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff isn’t afraid of courting controversy. Her first teen novel, How I live now, was controversial because of the relationship within ... Read more »

Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Introducing: Mary Quinn

Mary Quinn, a creation of Y. S. Lee, is headed for the gallows. That means – death… Then along comes a woman, imitating a prison warden, an... Read more »

Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Introducing Playing for keeps

Playing for keeps  by Denis Martin. Meet Rikkers. He witnesses an explosion that kills Pip’s father, but he’s sure there’s something goin... Read more »

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Introducing Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is one of those authors you grow with – and through. If you’re a girl who doesn’t quite fit in to the girly-mould, or wants... Read more »

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Introducing Scott O'Dell

Scott O'Dell specialised in historical fiction - particularly American history. His most famous novel is  Island of the blue dolphin... Read more »

Friday, October 7, 2011

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Introducing Nikki Donovan

Meet Nikki Donovan, creation of Michelle Rowen. Nikki is starting yet another new life – another new school – another new stepfather – wh... Read more »

Thursday, October 6, 2011

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Introducing 'No Laughter Here' by Rita Williams-Garcia

No laughter here by Rita Williams-Garcia. How would you feel if you’ve spent the whole holidays waiting for your best friend to come hom... Read more »

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Introducing: Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli has been writing for years – her young adult fiction tends to focus on historical fiction and fantasy – often based on fa... Read more »

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The set-up by Sophie McKenzie Nico is your typical teenager – he goes to school, hangs out with his friends, and has just developed the a... Read more »

Friday, July 29, 2011

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Introducing Dystopia

What is a Dystopia? A utopia gone sour. Utopia is a perfect world... so Dystopia? Not so great. We put together a list of dystopian fiction... Read more »

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Introducing 'Dancing in the dark' by Robyn Bavati

Introducing 'Dancing in the dark' by Robyn Bavati

Dancing in the dark by Robyn Bavati Ditty wants to dance. She needs to dance. But, as a child brought up in a very strict, traditional Je... Read more »

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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Introducing Siobhan Dowd

Siobhan Dowd had a brief, but glorious, writing career before her untimely death in 2007. Her passion was for assisting socially disadvanta... Read more »
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Introducing Sarah Dessen

I’ll be up front about this – I <3 Sarah Dessen. Sarah’s had ten novels published so far – and it’s really difficult for me to pick my f... Read more »

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Recommendation: 'Inside out' by Maria V. Snyder

Recommendation: 'Inside out' by Maria V. Snyder

Inside out by Maria V. Snyder Trella’s world is divided into the Uppers and the Lowers – the uppers live in the space of the upper level... Read more »

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Introducing 'Converting Kate' by Beckie Weinheimer

Introducing 'Converting Kate' by Beckie Weinheimer

Converting Kate by Beckie Weinheimer After her father’s death, Kate and her mother have moved to her father’s Aunt Katherine’s. Here, Kat... Read more »
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Introducing Cooking

Let’s get cooking! In a few years time you’ll probably be cooking for yourself, or others. So why not get your cooking skills off to a goo... Read more »

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Introducing Chris Crutcher

Introducing Chris Crutcher

Chris Crutcher : "I do write about the things about which I'm passionate. I work with people who have been savaged for who they ar... Read more »

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Recommendation'POD' by Stephen Wallenfels

Recommendation'POD' by Stephen Wallenfels

POD by Stephen Wallenfels Yay at last a teenage novel which does not feature vampires or werewolves. It does however feature aliens, whic... Read more »

Friday, July 15, 2011

Introducing 'Weetzie Bat' by Francesca Lia Block

Introducing 'Weetzie Bat' by Francesca Lia Block

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block I don't know about happily ever after… but I know about happily, Weetzie Bat thought. Who is Wee... Read more »

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Introducing 'The bone tiki' by David Hair

Introducing 'The bone tiki' by David Hair

The bone tiki by David Hair. I love reading books set in New Zealand, and this is a particularly awesome example because it’s a kiwi act... Read more »

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Introducing Joan Bauer

Introducing Joan Bauer

What do I like about Joan Bauer ? Her very human characters and their lives. There’s strength and resilience in her people. And a touch of ... Read more »

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Introducing 'Alligator Bayou' by Donna Jo Napoli

Introducing 'Alligator Bayou' by Donna Jo Napoli

Alligator bayou by Donna Jo Napoli Sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction. A newspaper article inspired this novel – the artic... Read more »
Introducing Alanna

Introducing Alanna

OMG. What to say about Alanna? Alanna’s adventures – as told by Tamora Pierce in the Song of the Lioness Quartet – were ground-breaking ... Read more »
 
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