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Seven Tears at High Tide

C. B. Lee. Seven Tears at High Tide. Duet Books, 2015. Rating:  4 out of 5 servings of fried fish I learned about this one through Gay YA’s list of Asian Characters in LGBTQIA+ YA. It’s a gorgeous story about … Continue reading

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Poisoned apples, twisted tales, and mer-lore

  Yep, it’s time for more re-worked fairy tale collections, including another Windling/Datlow book!  Hey, I’ll keep reviewing them as long as I keep finding ’em 🙂 Christine Heppermann. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2014. This … Continue reading

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Symptoms Of Being Human

Jeff Garvin. Symptoms Of Being Human. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2016. Rating:  4.75 out of 5 lightsaber-blue eyes If only this book had come out earlier, or if I’d waited a bit longer, I could’ve added it to my … Continue reading

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Two recent books with transgender characters

Alex Gino.  George.  New York: Scholastic, 2015. Rating:  5 out of 5 secret collections of girls’ magazines This is a fantastic book.  George knows she’s really a girl, even though everyone else sees a boy, and she really wants to … Continue reading

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Fairy tale anthologies by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

I’ve been reading a lot of short stories lately, haven’t I? Most recently, I’ve been going through the anthologies of re-imagined folk and fairy tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. These are my favorite stories: Ellen Datlow and Terri … Continue reading

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Red Ridin’ In the Hood and Fairy Tale Feasts

Patricia Santos Marcantonio. Red Ridin’ In the Hood and Other Cuentos. Illus. Renato Alarcão. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2005. This collection was a neat idea by Marcantonio, who wrote it as an “answer to her childhood desire to see … Continue reading

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Return of a plucky girl to Fairyland

Catherynne M. Valente.  The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There.  Illus. Ana Juan.  New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2012. Well, this turned out to be even better than the first book! September returns to Fairyland, which … Continue reading

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Two from the bayou

I recently read alibrarymama’s review of Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, which she suggests pairing with Kathi Appelt’s The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp.  So that’s just what I did.  Both books take place in the Deep … Continue reading

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Selkies, shape-shifters, and maybe mermaids.

Betsy Cornwell.  Tides.  Boston: Clarion, 2013. Noah and Lo Gallagher are spending the summer with their grandmother, Dolores, on the Isles of Shoals.  Noah is there for a marine biology internship, while Lo hopes to spend the time drawing and … Continue reading

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A character study of the human fangirl

Edit 07/08/15:  A longer version of this review can now be found over at Sappho’s Torque. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. Ah, the fascinating world of fandom.  I first discovered Fanfiction.net in early high school, … Continue reading

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