This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Tamaki, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.┬áThis One Summer. New York: First Second, 2014. Print. Genre: Nonfiction Graphic Novel Summary: Every summer, teenage Rose and her family go vacation at Awago Beach. She can always count on collecting rocks, playing with her friend Windy, and having an all-around good time. However, one summer…this one…everything changes and that… Continue reading This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Wolves by Emily Gravett

Gravett, Emily. Wolves. New York: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2005. Print. Genre: picture book Summary: Rabbit gets a book about wolves from the library. As he reads, he gets more and more engrossed until the story actually manifests a real wolf! Snap-chomp-scarf! Rabbit is gone! Critique: Received the Kate Greenaway Medal. Bronze runner-up… Continue reading Wolves by Emily Gravett

Frozen: A Cold Case of Missing Protagonist

The November 5th issue of the Wall Street Journal ran a feature article all about Frozen, the 2013 runaway, smash-hit from Disney. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, the animated fairy tale follows Anna on a quest to find her magical sister, Elsa, who has locked the kingdom in eternal winter. The… Continue reading Frozen: A Cold Case of Missing Protagonist

Martine Leavitt’s My Book of Life by Angel

Leavitt, Martine. My Book of Life by Angel. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2012. Print. Genre: YA novel in verse Summary: A diary written in verse from the point of view of a prostitute in Toronto. Angel is young and hooked on drugs. Her pimp, Call, abuses her mentally and tries… Continue reading Martine Leavitt’s My Book of Life by Angel

Chrysalis and Entropy: A Celebration of Adolescence

(Migrated post. Content originally published 10/2013 on jennifermichellemason.blogpsot.com.) I have a monthly Google calendar reminder to check on several interesting children’s/YA publishing industry related blogs. Actually, I have many calendar reminders set to pretty much boss me around day-to-day and month-to-month. Many of the tasks I set up on a revolving basis are treats. Like… Continue reading Chrysalis and Entropy: A Celebration of Adolescence