books and cleverness

I read books of all sorts, but mostly kids' lit and young adult literature and speculative fiction for all ages—usually from a feminist perspective. 


I've adopted a personalized version of the CHOICE reviews approach to recommendations/star ratings:

***** = Essential, a.k.a. truly love, absolute must-read, buy it now
**** = Highly Recommended, a.k.a. this is a really good book; I would buy it as a gift
*** = Recommended, a.k.a. pretty good; worth reading
** = Optional, a.k.a. meh
* = Not Recommended; a.k.a. this is not a good book

"Up All Night": An Online Gallery of the National Book Award in Young People's Literature


The National Book Foundation has compiled an online gallery of all the winners and finalists for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature, since its beginning in 1969. Lots of great books to read, if you haven't read them all already!