Author Archives: Dana

About Dana

Book-nerd, music-maven, movie-fanatic. Teen book display goddess. Purveyor of fine booklists.

Staff Review of Winger by Andrew Smith

Why I Checked It Out: I read “Winger” by Andrew Smith because my book club was reading it and it has a pretty great cover. What It’s About: Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gifts Get Steamy!

I love steampunk.  Love it.  I adore corsets and top hats and everything covered in gears.  What is this “steampunk” I speak of?  So glad you asked! Most things steampunk are heavily influenced by the Victorian Age, between 1837 and … Continue reading

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So Much More Than Chick Lit

I get it already.  I do.  Seriously, I do not need to read one more book about painfully detailed wardrobes and how the main character just can’t decide between those two boys, and thinking is hard, and oh gee whiz, … Continue reading

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2013 Teen Book Tournament: Final 4 Announced

VOTE NOW through March 25 for the final two contending titles! The competition is getting fierce in the March Madness Teen Book Tournament!  We’ve had some epic upsets and some crushing defeats. Even though “The Grimm Legacy” was knocked out … Continue reading

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This Is the Way the World Ends…

Will it end with a bang or a whimper? Will it end in fire? Or maybe ice, as in”After the Snow” by S.D. Crockett. “The Way We Fall” by Megan Crewe tells the story of a world decimated by a … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Why I checked it out: A dystopian take on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story? Yes, please! What it’s about: Araby Worth lives in a land decimated by a plague. The rich are protected by porcelain masks and the poor are … Continue reading

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Hearty Reads for Foodies

Who’s starved for a good book? ‘Cause I have a list that is sure to satisfy! In “Stir It Up!” by Ramin Ganeshram, 13-year-old Anjali dreams of hosting a televised cooking show featuring foods based on her Hindi and Trinidadian … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Why I checked it out: I’ll admit it, I picked it up because the cover was pretty. But I checked it out because it’s dystopian and I found out there’s a television show it in the works based on the … Continue reading

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Books to Movies

Hold on to your popcorn, movie-lovers, it’s going to be a busy year! Here are some upcoming films that have been adapted from popular teen novels: What’s a girl like Emma Watson to do now that the Harry Potter saga … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Why I checked it out:  Is there anyone not talking about this trilogy?  Plus, the sequel, Insurgent, comes out in May. Why I liked it:  This story has it all:  pulse-pounding action, a harsh dystopian world set in a ruined … Continue reading

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