How did a joke we made up about Amelia Bedelia while we were stoned get repeated all over the Internet for more than five years, by blogs and reporters and elementary school students and even the author of Amelia Bedelia himself?
Five years ago, a couple of high college kids messed with a children’s book page.
Last week, they realized they’d never been caught.
My Review: Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before…before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
I don’t really read a lot of mystery. And after this book, I’m not sure why that is. I was absolutely hooked throughout this ride. I was on my toes through the entire novel, with absolutely no clue who the culprit is. The narrator’s voice was strong, and her coming of age story was interesting and captivating. I don’t know a lot about the mystery fandom, but I do know that there is not a ton of true mystery novels for YA. This one was a good one. And I’m pretty sure I need to go find 5 more mystery novels ASAP.
It’s a no-brainer to pack a book for YOU to take to the beach/lake/park…but don’t forget to bring one for your kids!
These pairings will help you bond over books with common themes and styles. On the drive home from your day in the sun, make your conversation a mini-book club!
Two books that highlight strong bonds that can be built while living on a beach.
Stories of discovering who you are with a little love on the side :)
Reading the Copernicus Legacy series may be the first step to becoming a riddle solving reader!
Oliver is a beautiful writer for all ages and these stories pair perfectly together!
One is heavy on the gore, the other is heavy on the hijinks.
Because reading about kings and dragons is cool, but people should be protected from the heartbreak of reading GOT for as long as possible.
"Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose."
Odds are reading The One and Only Ivan will move YOU just as much as your pick.
A master who’s able to take both the young and old on a fantastical journey.
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as a teacher, yes.
Not pictured: BOXES
I have my books sorted by Library of Congress catalog number
don’t fucking judge me
Why would I judge? Mine are by subject area, then alphabetical (series are chronological)
until the ADHD wins out, then it’s haphazard and then I make a BOOK FORT
We do a mixture of all of these, I think, except for Stacked. Basically:
We have four bookshelves, with each bookshelf having a different sort of books. One is dedicated to art, music, and RPG books. Another to novels, and another to manga. The fourth is sort of spillover of novels with books on writing at the top.
Hardcovers are separate from paperbacks. Hardcovers tend to be larger and taller, so they’re up towards the top of the bookshelf.
Authors are grouped together, with their books going in alphabetical order UNLESS there’s a series (in which case the series goes in chronological order).
Fiction first, by author (alphabetical) and title (also alphabetical, but series name > individual titles). Then it’s non-fiction by Dewey. And currently all of my long series and boxed sets are in a separate, smaller bookcase with doors on it.
If you’re still railing against the end of the Divergent trilogy and wiping the mascara from your face after re-reading The Fault in Our Stars, you might be in the mood for a happier YA beach read this summer.
These books have their own forms of darkness, but the final chapters should leave you smiling, not sniffling.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenez
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Teen: I got kicked out of school. Again.
Jerry: Why do you think you keep getting kicked out?
Teen: Dunno. Everything mostly sucks. People suck. Life kind of sucks.
Jerry: Why did you get kicked out this time?
Teen: (shrugs) Grades, or something, I don’t know.
Jerry: Is it true that after you got kicked out, you were drinking, cavorting with older women, and you tried to hire a prostitute?
Teen: Yeah. They serve me at bars. I think it’s on account of my gray hair.
What if literary classics were reimagined as episodes of Jerry Springer? Could you guess these books from what they’d look like on Jerry? Give it a shot.
20 Inspiring Quotes from Children’s Books.
[via Book Riot]
There’s a reason they’re classics, after all…
Deenie, by Judy Blume
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbit
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Blubber, by Judy Blume
The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin