Tag Archives: YA

Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark Talk Backward Compatible, Gaming, and Monty Python

Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark Talk Backward Compatible, Gaming, and Monty Python

It has been a difficult six months for author Sarah Daltry but both she and her Backward Compatible co-author Pete Clarke agreed to talk to us about the book, future projects, and whether or not aliens exist… Read More

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Between the Bookends at GeekMom

Between the Bookends at GeekMom

This month the GeekMoms have run the gamut from new interpretations of Beowulf to a murder mystery in post-Revolutionary War New England. There are graphic novels filled with aliens and wizards, shadowy government organizations, teenage boys painting models in their bedrooms, and girls being discovered floating in cello cases. If something there doesn’t pique your interest then I don’t know what will! Read More

This One Summer: Beauty in Realism

This One Summer: Beauty in Realism

This One Summer is a new graphic novel by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. It is a YA book that transcends the genre into where most adult novelists wish they could go: honest and nuanced characters in that familiar world you forgot to cherish. The details of a summer beach town, and two girls on the brink of teen, may not be your memories, but the yearnings, confusion, and relationships certainly will reveal half-buried reminisces. Read More

Hammer of Witches

Hammer of Witches

Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski is all about stories: fairy tales, religious texts, and history. She takes what we know of Columbus’ voyage to America and uses it as the backdrop about a boy learning the power of words, and the magic behind the meaning of stories. It’s a good book. Read More

Dark Crystal Contest to Revive Franchise

Dark Crystal Contest to Revive Franchise

The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, are re-booting The Dark Crystal franchise — or so it would seem — with a contest called the Dark Crystal Author Quest. The deal? Fans are encouraged to send in ideas for the “first book in a new young adult series based on the world of the classic fantasy film.” The winner gets a $10,000 contract to write the book. Read More

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

I have to admit, when I was sent a review copy of Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, a YA graphic novel by Prudence Shen and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, I wasn’t as excited as I could be. In Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong Hicks was only doing the art.
But I should have trusted that Hicks wouldn’t collaborate on something unless it was worth her mad skills. I, and my two teens, very much enjoyed it. Amusing dialogue, great art (duh), and characters that have fun with their stereotypes, tossing or flaunting them at a whim. Read More

The Cliffs of Insanity: Could Lois Lane Carry a Monthly Comic?

The Cliffs of Insanity: Could Lois Lane Carry a Monthly Comic?

Welcome to this week’s adventures climbing the cliffs of insanity. This week, I dove into the Gender Through Comics Course online course being given by Christina Blanch, a good friend made a richly deserved visit to the New York Times bestseller list, and I finally added Chunky the macarnivore to my stuffed animal collection. Read More

The Office of Mercy

The Office of Mercy

Imagine America hundreds of years from now. Science and technology has created a society of humans who can live for hundreds of years. Pain and suffering has been eliminated; peace reigns. There is no inequality. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Read More