Category Archives: YA corner

Children’s Lit Corner

One Saturday when I was about nine or ten years old I made an amazing discovery. There was a ballpark about a block and a half from my house, and as I was walking along the cracked sidewalk beside the … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

Three years ago this coming Friday, my best friend died suddenly after suffering a deep thromboembolism. That death, especially the unexpected nature of it, shook me to the core. Of course I had lost friends and loved ones before, but … Continue reading

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The Cranky Curmudgeon: Imagination Isn’t Everything

Maybe it’s an artifact of my odd reading selections, but in comparing classic works with many of the more modern stories I’ve been reading lately, I’ve noticed a trend toward highly imaginative (fantastic) settings with fairly simplistic philosophical underpinnings. It’s as if authors are selling out to cool visuals at the expense of challenging questions; as if pace is a substitute for substance; as if conflict is inherently interesting and requires no consequence.

I think I disagree. In fact, I’m pretty sure of it. Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

When I was a little girl, the cousin closest to my age lived in California. We were about eight years old when we decided to become pen pals, and started writing long, rambling letters to each other. I can still … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

I have been haunted most of my life by the memory of a book I read once when I was very young. It was most likely a library book, because it certainly wasn’t part of my life for very long, … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

Happy Valentine’s Day! In my mother’s family, this day was set apart as a day of family gift giving. Grandpa would buy boxes of chocolates for his three girls and Grandmother. Later he included his grandchildren in the chocolate gifts. … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning out some boxes of books in the donations room of my library when a slim volume caught my eye. It was a old paperback copy of stories written by Sholom Aleichem. Now … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

Our library is installing new carpet. Because I am the Youth Services Librarian, this mean that I have spent the past several days moving all the children’s and young adult books (actually all the books in the library, but I … Continue reading

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Back to Books!

Oh, summer’s over. Is it bad if I respond with a hallejuhah? As much as I love the summer season, it goes by in a blur. While many people have a chance to catch up on their to-read lists, it … Continue reading

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YA Corner: A thank you to writers

Let me start with a disclaimer–I haven’t read a lot of YA this summer, Mormon or otherwise. I’m sad about that, but it couldn’t be avoided. Summer’s kind of a crazy time for me, and I haven’t had much time … Continue reading

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