What if the biggest threat to humanity wasn’t climate, disease, war, or monsters… but plants?
Thick, seemingly invincible black grass starts growing all over the world. It invades crops, destroys houses, and emits a dangerous pollen that everyone is allergic to. Everyone except for three young teens from British Columbia: Anaya, Petra, and Seth.… Read More YA Book Reviews: Bloom, Cinderella Is Dead, and Rules for Being a Girl
Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis For me, this was a passionate one day read. I couldn’t wait to reach the end. It reads like a detailed fever dream. I was at once racing to finish, savoring every word, and scared to turn the page! Ashley is our teenage main character. Raised by… Read More My 2020 YA ARC Reviews: Be Not Far From Me, All Your Twisted Secrets, and Tweet Cute
It has been over a year since I last did a What I Loved post. Where did the time go!? I have loved so many amazing books and experiences since my last post that I’m kind of overwhelmed! I’ve picked my very most favourite reads of 2018 to highlight. Sadie Sadie is a Canadian YA novel… Read More What I Loved #20: Victoria Schwab, Heather Smith, Courtney Summers, a puppy, and … a new job!
NetGalley Reviews I have started reviewing advanced reading copies of books for NetGalley! If you’re a librarian and you’re not part of this amazing service, I highly recommend joining. You can request copies of upcoming books and read them on your Kindle, computer, or phone. I will be using the ARCs to inform purchasing decisions… Read More Book Reviews – October 2018
I have been on a roll lately with YA Lit! Since I order all the books for the children’s and teen sections, I’m always looking forward to the next great thing, and this month I found a bunch. Check these out if you love YA, and be ready to talk about them if you work… Read More What I Loved #19 New YA edition: Caraval, The Thousandth Floor, Queens of Geek, The One Memory of Flora Banks, Holding Up the Universe
It’s been a little while since my last What I Loved post. I’ve been planning summer reading, repeatedly testing out St. Catharines’ newest ice cream shop, hitting up the batting cages, enjoying free comic book day, playing at St. Catharines’ first board game cafe, and just generally enjoying the Niagara region! Oh, and reading a lot. Here we… Read More What I Loved #18: The Hate U Give, All Our Wrong Todays, Sam Roberts, Tiny Books
We Were Liars by E Lockhart: Don’t be fooled – even though the cover might make this look like a simple summer romance novel, it’s a psychological thriller through and through. Cadence suffered a traumatic brain injury during her 15th year on her family’s summer island. During her 17th year she struggles to piece together… Read More An Annotated List of My Favourite YA Books
Promotion is a huge part of Teen Summer Reading Programs, and what better than a fun pop-up display during a program to grab their attention! Its easy to create a fun, attractive design with online design tools. When promoting books to teens, its important to be as “unlame” as possible. I created a few signs… Read More Teen Summer Reading Display
If your library has a Young Adult section, your library has horror novels. And they circulate (or mysteriously disappear from the shelves leaving a dark cloud of murk and despair). YA Horror Novel displays are easy to pull together (because there are so many horror novels) and easy to “sell” (because teens are loving the… Read More YA Horror Display: Get Your Freak On
harrypottercharacterreadalikes.wordpress.com I created a coping mechanism for muggles in denial: a Harry Potter Reading Map. I wanted to create a reading map that was as universally appealing as possible, so I decided to choose the most widely read contemporary series I could think of: Harry Potter. This story/character driven series appeals to readers of all… Read More My Latest Readers’ Advisory Tool: Harry Potter Secondary Characters Reading Map