Sci-Fi + Jane Austen: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diane Peterfreund

Pride and Prejudice isn’t my favorite Jane Austen novel. Neither is Emma. It’s not even Sense and Sensibility or Northhanger Abbey. For the record, it’s Mansfield Park, but a close second is Persuasion. So when a new book came into the library and was described on the jacket as a dystopian/post-apocalyptic spin on Persuasion, I… Continue reading Sci-Fi + Jane Austen: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diane Peterfreund

6 New & Forthcoming Young Adult Novels I’m Excited to Read

The Forsaken by Lissa M. Stasse Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, with dystopia Release date: July 10, 2012 Synopsis: As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do… Continue reading 6 New & Forthcoming Young Adult Novels I’m Excited to Read

So you loved The Hunger Games…what should you read next?

If I had a nickel for every time I have been asked to recommend a book that is “like The Hunger Games,” I could double my paycheck. It’s great that kids are excited about reading, but I hate that even though we have multiple copies of the most popular read-alikes, they are often checked out.… Continue reading So you loved The Hunger Games…what should you read next?

The Blurb Factor: Why Synopses Are So Important

I’m a part-time YA librarian assistant. Helping teenagers find books is a big part of my job. I get so excited when kids actually want to read for fun because I know there are countless other media and activities demanding their time and attention. The pressure is really on for me to put the right… Continue reading The Blurb Factor: Why Synopses Are So Important