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The End by Charlie Higson - review - I haven't written a stand-alone book review on unadulterated.us in a while - but for this book, the
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BEA 2016 - in living slideshow color! - Finally - my BEA recap in words and pictures! What a mob, what a crowd, what a show!
Finally - my BEA recap in words and pictures! What a mob, what a crowd, what a show!
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BEA 2016 recap - Some random sights and sounds from Book Expo 2016, this year in beautiful Chicago! The back row at t
Some random sights and sounds from Book Expo 2016, this year in beautiful Chicago! The back row at the Elephant and Piggie Love Reading panel. Mo Williems, Laurie Keller, and Dan Santat were on stage talking about their new early reader series, and listening attentively in the back row were Aaron Zenz, Jenni Holm, Travis Jonker, and Brian Wilson. Along with Lisa Yee, who was sitting a few rows up, this was a pret-ty darn authoritative audience! S...
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Bright shiny things for bright young things and the people who love them: Some new YA (and YA-adjacent) books, Spring 2016
I am on a significant roll with my YA and adult reading lately. When's the last time you could say that? When's the last time every book you picked up knocked you on your butt and made you holler on Facebook or DM the author or, in once case because I don't have any access to the author - yell at the author's agent about how good the book was? I mean, who knows agents? Apparently, I do. Each and every one of these books deserves a thoughtful in-d...
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Happy International Women's Day to us all: some positive sexuality in pop culture
Not bad - just drawn that way. You hear a lot, in some circles, about how difficult it is to teach children about values in the face of persuasive and abundant media depictions of violence, licentiousness and other bad crap, including sexual violence and predatory behavior toward women that is often dressed up as romance. I'm looking at you, Edward the vampire. What was that character's last name? Crap, now I have to go check. Aaaand I fell down ...
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Somewhere under the radar - Overlooked Books of 2015 - Sometimes we read books, sometimes they're just scenery. Opened my email this morning to find an unu
Sometimes we read books, sometimes they're just scenery. Opened my email this morning to find an unusual year-end list from Kirkus: the Most Overlooked Books of 2015. I like that. That list made me think. Usually this time of year I have no time for thinking. Even as the holiday BS is winding down, I'm usually busy reading hard and arguing loudly as a judge in the Cybils Awards. The Cybils are publicly nominated, with the finalists and winner agr...
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Read with a kid, learn something - Hello dear neglected unadulterated! I love my little old blog, I really do, but man, life goes by so
Hello dear neglected unadulterated! I love my little old blog, I really do, but man, life goes by so fast these days! I am not as good at posting here as I used to be - nowadays I am more likely to post reviewlets to Goodreads or Instagram. This summer I've been keeping up with #bookaday - and lots of others have too, it's a good hashtag to browse. What else is happening this summer? I've been pounding the kids' graphic novels (Maryland Black-Eye...
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BEA 2016 - in living slideshow color! - Trying something new here - if all the pictures aren't captioned yet, check back later.
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SLJ Day of Dialog 2016 recap - Bit late to the party with my BEA recap this year, but I had a lot to think about. So just think of
Bit late to the party with my BEA recap this year, but I had a lot to think about. So just think of this post as the online equivalent of the relieved sigh that came from each seat on the shuttle bus as it was claimed by a footsore, shoulder-sore convention-goer at the end of the day. Ahhhhh.... School Library Journal's DAY OF DIALOG This annual one-day feast of author panels and publisher pitches was so full of talent and intelligence, and went ...
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I love the artists - some new great picture books Spring 2016
I know it's hard to write a picture book manuscript. Some of my favorite people do it, and it seems like a labor of love, with the emphasis on the labor. The very economy of the form means that every phrase, sometimes every word will be examined and held up to the light and chipped at like a tiny gem. Page breaks are a factor. Pace. There's space in a picture book - literally - page real estate, that lets you insert beats and pauses. It's probabl...
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#don'tthrowittomo - the 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards - Cheap shot? Maybe. But it's hard to resist a good cheap shot. Here's the story: I was in the auditor
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GIVE IT: All the goodies for this holiday season - I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell a
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