Monthly Archives: March 2010

8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich 1

Reggie is an 8th grader who wants nothing more than to fly under the radar. On the first day of school, he lost his breakfast in front of the entire student body and earned himself the nickname “Pukey.” (I won’t tell you the details, because the book doesn’t give them to you up front, either.) […]

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan 0

I have finished my second zombie book. Third if you count Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. You might say that I am on a zombie rampage. (I don’t know why you’d say that, but I guess you might.) The Dead-Tossed Waves picks up several years after The Forest of Hands and Teeth and features Gabry, […]

They’ve taken their toll. 9

What a beautiful piece of heartache this has all turned out to be. -Over the Rhine / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 I am well aware that being a thirty-something and quoting “Latter Days” on my blog is the ultimate in cliches. But when it comes down to it, I’m not sure I know of any […]

Margo Lanagan blog tour and contest. 12

Today’s post comes from Margo Lanagan, author of Tender Morsels, a retelling of Snow White and Rose Red, which I reviewed last year and which was a Printz Honor book. Tender Morsels is now out in paperback. Be sure to read all the way to the end so you can find out how you can […]

Carrie Ryan blog tour! 3

Today we are participating in Carrie Ryan‘s blog tour. I read her book The Forest of Hands and Teeth last year and enjoyed it (and so have my students!). You might remember it as The First Zombie Book I Ever Read. Her new book, The Dead-Tossed Waves, just came out. I haven’t had a chance […]

I can’t criticize what I don’t understand. If you want to call this art, you’ve got the benefit of all my doubts. 8

(Title quote from Northern Exposure.) A few years ago, Mike and I had a weekend in Asheville. We had planned on going to the Biltmore, but ended up just hanging out in the downtown area, shopping and visiting some art galleries. Now, when it comes to art, Mike and I will be the first to […]

Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl 1

I haven’t been reading a whole lot in March. For various reasons, I have had trouble finding something that would keep my attention. On Saturday, though, I read Vintage Veronica, a new YA book that I enjoyed very much. Veronica is an overweight teenager who struggles with her relationship with her yoga-instructor mom and her […]

a profound mystery 19

When I was almost five, my parents celebrated their tenth anniversary. My dad gave my mom a ring with nine diamonds on it. I asked him why it wasn’t a ring with ten diamonds (I was very proud of myself for figuring out the flaw in his plan), and he told me that he had […]

Angry Conversations With God: A Snarky But Authentic Spiritual Memoir by Susan Isaacs 5

When it snowed last week (I am desperate for it to stop snowing), Mike took this picture of one of the first signs of spring covered in ice. To him, it was just a picture. I saw an image that represents so many of my own struggles: I begin to trust and allow my heart […]

I really like to build suspense. 9

I doubt anyone is still waiting for the big bathroom reveal. You will have to forgive me . . . it takes me a while to settle in and get pictures hung and figure out where our things are going to go. But we hung pictures this weekend, so I am going to show you […]

Watch this happen. 7

When I found out about the Around Downtown in 80 Minutes competition that Triad Stage was putting on, I immediately asked Mike to compete with me. He declined. Politely, of course, saying that he’d do it if I couldn’t find someone else. So I called Alisa, who agreed right away. With Scott and Brandi’s help, […]