Category Archives: fiction

CAT GIRL’S DAY OFF: You Want to Read It! You Also Want to Win Your Own Copy!

As Acquisitions Editor Cat of a book blog, I read A LOT of books.  And sometimes, I’m super-impressed.  Especially when a book reads like the author actually had MORE fun writing it than I had reading it, and I had … Continue reading

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What We Talk About When We Talk About “Inappropriate” Books for Kids

I’ve been re-reading Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games series in preparation for the first movie, which comes out at the end of March.  I’ve also been re-thinking about the challenge that put The Hunger Games on the ALA’s “Books Challenged and/or Banned in … Continue reading

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‘Sapphira and the Slave Girl': It’s Not Really About the Latter

“‘Yes, I know.’  Mr. Fairhead sighed.  ‘It’s the one thing they’ve got to feel important about – that they’re white.  It’s pitiful.’”  -Willa Cather, Sapphira and the Slave Girl My first edition of Willa Cather’s Sapphira and the Slave Girl … Continue reading

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Dear My Hypothetical Children: #YAsaves

[Trigger Warning:  This post discusses self-harm, abuse, rape, suicide, and similar topics that may be upsetting for some readers.] Mrs. Meghan Cox Gurdon and I have dramatically different ideas of what constitutes “literature.”  Also “children’s books,” “banning,” and “parenting.” Case … Continue reading

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How to Ruin Perfectly Good Books

There are enough books in the world to keep my bibliophilia happy forever – and probably yours, too. Unfortunately, waaaay too many of those books are what the bookselling industry generously calls “reading copies” – because reading is all they … Continue reading

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