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The Cats of Ulthar

Feb 27, 2018 Before I get to the review, I wanted to point out the glaring fact that I haven't been posting anything to the blog lately.  I could make lots of excuses for why, or I could just make a concerted effort to get back on track and start posting more regularly.  I think I'll opt for the latter.  Oh, and don't think that just because I haven't been posting that I haven't been reading. READ MORE

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Dec 8, 2017 With today’s review of E. K. Johnston’s Exit, Pursued by a Bear, I am officially one fourth of the way through the 2018 Abraham Lincoln Book Award nominee list.  While I still have a looong way to go before voting opens in the spring, I’m glad that I was finally able to check this one off the list.  Now for your regularly scheduled review from Goodreads.com: Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. READ MORE

Shattered Warrior

Nov 22, 2017 Today I’m going to talk about the first graphic novel to appear on the EpiBlog, Sharon Shinn and Molly Ostertag’s Shattered Warrior.  This book came to the SHS Library in a recent Junior Library Guild shipment, and I was immediately curious about it as I was pulling things out of the box.  Being a huge fan of comic books in general, I had high hopes for this book going into it.  To be honest, I was only a little let down. READ MORE

An Ember in the Ashes

Nov 21, 2017 Last week I finished up Sabaa Tahir’s novel, An Ember in the Ashes, and I’m just getting around to the review.  I won’t wait to tell you that this is by far the best book that I’ve read since the start of the school year, and I’d recommend this book to just about anyone who can read (I’ve got three copies people, come and get them!).  Lets go ahead and jump into the blurb from Goodreads.com: Laia is a slave. READ MORE

This is Where it Ends

Nov 8, 2017 This week’s review features This is Where is Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp.  As a word of caution, the plot of this book accounts a fictional school shooting, and contains graphic imagery of violence and death.  Let’s jump right in with the review from Goodreads.com: 10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. READ MORE

Divided We Fall

Oct 24, 2017 If you've been following the blog so far, I wanted to start today's post by apologizing for the long hiatus.  I'm admittedly notorious for falling behind on these types of things, and will try harder to keep to the at least bi-weekly schedule that I had planned on at the outset.  Now, on to the review! I recently finished Trent Reedy's Divided We Fall, a 2017 Lincoln Award nominee. READ MORE

Denton Little's Deathdate

Oct 6, 2017 I feel the need to start this blog post with the admission that I originally thought the name of this book was Denton’s Little Deathdate.  As it turns out, it’s actually titled Denton Little’s Deathdate (written by Lance Rubin), but I admittedly didn’t pick up on this until a few pages into the book when you learn the protagonist’s last name. READ MORE

All American Boys

Oct 3, 2017 Last night I finished reading All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  This Coretta Scott King Award Honor recipient and 2017 Abraham Lincoln Award nominee is an incredibly powerful story dealing with racism and police brutality.  Here’s a brief synopsis from Goodreads.com: "Rashad and Quinn - one black, one white, both American - face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. READ MORE

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