Category Archives: satire

It’s still summer in Sweet Valley.

If you’re lucky enough to live where the mercury never falls below 50, you can totally still sneak in some beach reading in these early days of Autumn.  And what’s beachier than a nostalgic romp through Sweet Valley, California?  Better … Continue reading

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Classic Juv/YA Fantasy: The Princess Bride

William Goldman. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure. Orlando: Harcourt, 2007. Rating: 4.85 out of 5 chocolate-covered resurrection pills Rating #2: This book is so good I read it twice in a row, … Continue reading

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2014 Favorites

Edit 02/07/15:  Ack! I missed a few.  See the amended “More Books” section, below. Let’s take a quick look back at 2014… My favorite books reviewed here @ Postcards: (click on each cover for the review)       Favorite books reviewed … Continue reading

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“…inside that peach stone is a tree, folded a million times. So go and plant it.”

Back in March, sj tweeted to me about this new informal club that Becoming Cliché was starting:  the From the Bowels of Obscurity Children’s Book Club [pause while we wait for our inner 12-year-olds to stop giggling at “bowels.”  Hee!] … Continue reading

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The Emoticon Generation

Guy Hasson.  The Emoticon Generation.  infinity plus, 2012.  PDF review copy. Early in March, Andrea Johnson of the Little Red Reviewer asked if I’d like to participate in a blog tour for Guy Hasson’s The Emoticon Generation.  I’ve never participated … Continue reading

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Classic Juv/YA fantasy: The Water Babies

Charles Kingsley.  The Water Babies.  London: Harper Press, 2011. So, there’s this kid named Tom.  He’s a chimney sweep, and his boss is a jerk, and clearly not the best role model, so one day, while they’re sweeping some rich … Continue reading

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Double Feature: a drama queen and a gothic heroine (sort of)

Lisa Mantchev.  Eyes Like Stars.  New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2009.  356 pgs. I’m counting this in the Fantasy category of “Quest the second,” in the Once Upon a Time challenge. SETTING:           The Théâtre Illuminata, where all the plays ever … Continue reading

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Failing with Style

Inspired by NPR’s latest “Three Books” article, “Try and Try Again:  3 Tales of Spectacular Failure,” here is my own list of three notable literary “failures” (or are they?). Stargirl, the title character of Jerry Spinelli’s  YA novel. I can’t … Continue reading

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Partly Nostalgic Review: Shel Silverstein!

A lizard in a blizzard Got a snowflake in his gizzard And nothing else much happened, I’m afraid. But lizard rhymed with blizzard And blizzard rhymed with gizzard And that, my dear, is why most poems are made.* Sixteen years … Continue reading

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2011 favorites

These are my favorite reads from 2011 – not all of these titles were published in 2011, and some aren’t “Juv/YA” titles per se, but no matter! Castle Waiting, Vol. 2, by Linda Medley.  Pub. 2010. The art and writing … Continue reading

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