Through the Evil Days: Review Haiku

Get cozy and be glad
you aren't outside, pregnant,
in upstate New York.

Through the Evil Days (A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Novel) by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Minotaur/St. Martin's Press, 2013, 357 pages.


How to Fake a Moon Landing: Review Haiku

Preaching to the choir
in handy comic format.
Shelve this in high schools!

How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial by Darryl Cunningham. Abrams, 2013, 176 pages.




The ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced today starting at 8:00am ET. Wish I could be there in person.



The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield: Review Haiku

Gorey and Belloc
for a new generation.
Love Winterbottom!

The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Viking, 2013, 144 pages.


The Abominables: Review Haiku

The power of kindness
and yellow lorry drivers.
(Also: HUBERT.)

The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson. Abrams, 2013, 272 pages.


Heaven Is Paved with Oreos: Review Haiku

Not a sequel, but
a fine treatise on love and
regret. (That blurb, though?)

Heaven Is Paved with Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. HMH, 2013, 208 pages.


Genius: Review Haiku

Publish or perish
with Einsteinian background.
Moody and thoughtful.

Genius by Steven T. Seagle. First Second, 2013, 128 pages.


Donner Dinner Party: Review Haiku

This series rocks so
hard I almost don't have words.

Donner Dinner Party (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales) by Nathan Hale. Amulet, 2013, 128 pages.


The Great American Dust Bowl: Review Haiku

History and
meteorology and
agriculture, oh my.

The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown. HMH, 2013, 80 pages.


Salt: Review Haiku

Two boys, two cultures;
poignant look at man's inhumanity
to man.

Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost. FSG, 2013, 160 pages.


Two Boys Kissing: Review Haiku

Not sure what real teens
make of the Greek chorus, but
this is wise, loving.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. Knopf, 2013, 208 pages.


Reality Boy: Review Haiku

I would prefer to
believe people like Gerald's
parents don't exist.

Reality Boy by A. S. King. Little Brown, 2013, 368 pages.


Zero Tolerance: Review Haiku

Smart, thoughtful, and real
take on mistakes and their
consequences. Good stuff.

Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills. FSG, 2013, 232 pages.

P.S. EXCEPT EXCEPT EXCEPT: Anne Frank died in Bergen-Belsen, not Auschwitz, as claimed on page 161. This is a) widely known; and b) TOTALLY EASY TO FACT-CHECK. RAAAAAGE.


Dog Songs: Review Haiku

Start your year with a
dose of poetry, lovingly
swathed in dog hair.

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver. Penguin, 2013, 144 pages.