Ruby and the Rockits — ABCFamily

Alexa Vega (Spy Kids 1, 2, 3) and two Cassidy brothers, David and Patrick, star in this new ABC Family sitcom that just started up in July. The premise of the show is that Ruby’s mother died when she was 12, and she was raised by her grandparents who “forgot she was there” and was […]

Green by Jay Lake

Green is a fantasy melange of girl-power, slavery, color and gender politics, and gods and humans and nonhumans-it’s one of the most layered fantasies I’ve read in a long time. On the surface, Green appears simple: it’s the story of a young girl from her earliest memories as a three year old toddler to her […]

The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley

“The wolf is sitting on his haunches under our ancient chestnut tree, his eyes boring straight through me. Grace Bab always said he would come to Blackchurch Cottage, and I never believed her.” The first paragraph in The Stolen One. When I picked this book up, I thought it would be about werewolves in the […]

Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard

America, where a young man can raise himself up from poverty with only the sweat on his back and the smarts in his noggin! No, I haven’t read Adam Shepard’s Scratch Beginnings, but blogger Frugal Dad has, and his article is an interesting review and view of hauling yourself up by your bootstraps by spending […]

Nothing But Ghosts — Beth Kephart

Publisher: Harper/Teen, June 2009 Nothing but Ghosts is a deceptively simple book, written in smooth, poetic language from the point of view of Katie D’Amore, a 16 year old girl whose mother died months before of cancer. She blames herself for not seeing how ill her mother was becoming. She thinks about this as she […]

Sookie Stackhouse series–Charlaine Harris

Books 1-3: Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, and Club Dead. Harris certainly knows how to write a fun female protagonist. Sookie Stackhouse is waitress. She’s unschooled, doesn’t have a typical education, but has a lot of people smarts. Why? Sookie is a rare human telepath in a world filled with vampires who’ve come […]

Up – by Pixar–SPOILERS and a small rant

Up was a heckuva lot of fun. It did get a little toothgrinding, though, that Ellie, Carl’s wife, ended up dying before she could have HER adventure, and it was a little too pat that, once he actually looked through her adventure book, he discovered all the pictures she of the two of them together […]