Fighting in the Shade

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I still recall fondly the female protagonists of teen “chick lit” and coming-of-age stories I read in high school. On a given day I might feel as tormented by love and teenage awkwardness as Mia Thermopolis (Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries) or lonely and isolated like Melinda Sordino (Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak). These were gals […]

Ready Player One

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Has anyone else read this yet? By Ernest Cline, Ready Player One  is set in the near  future (2044) when the world has gone mostly to shit and people spend as much time as they can in The Oasis, an enormous  virtual reality universe. The enormously wealthy creator of Oasis–the most valuable property on the […]

>Counting YA

>Harold Underdown has done some interesting digging into the statistics about YA publishing that were used by journalist D.B. Grady for an article in the Atlantic. But whether there were 30,000 YA novels published in 2009 (unlikely, as Harold demonstrates) or 8,000 (as Harold estimates), can we all agree that there are too many? My […]

Five Questions for Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan, pointing out where he gets his ideas. Rick Riordan, first up in our Live Five series at ALA, has to be one of the nicest people in the world. When I asked him if he had problems with people worried over “false gods,” he couldn’t even offer me a stern lecture for the […]

>Real Boy Movie

>We saw Thor last night, and it made me think about the chapter I wrote about boy books for A Family of Readers. I called that “Go Big or Go Home” after Will Hobbs’s novel of the same name, and boys and other people who loved that book will love this movie. Explosions, challenges, slapstick, […]

>Fingers first

>I really tried to work it with Miles and the iPad: Ehh, thinks Miles, but now his mother really, really wants one. But, at not-quite-two, he did not seem to understand that touching various spots on the glass would make different things happen. He did go after the one non-virtual button on the iPad with […]

>Grandchildren are important

>if only for the way that, posed correctly, they can take thirty pounds off a guy. photo by Richard Asch

>And THEN I’ll stick FORKS in my eyes.

>I’m over at li’l sis’s place today, declaring my love for Big Nate.

>And no pink sneakers for you, young man

>Oprah’s pal Dr. Phil offers advice to a mother whose five-year-old son likes girls’ clothes and Barbies: “This is not a precursor to your son being gay,” explains Dr. Phil. He’ll know that in time, but this is not an indication of his sexual orientation. Dr. Phil tells Robby that she has a job to […]

>Toddler talk

>Our Kitty and her son Jakob found themselves on Salley Mavor’s blog this week. Jakob of the Ducks