Spotlight: In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby

I was fortunate enough to read this amazing new middle grade before publication a few months ago, back when it was slated to publish in April. Due to the pandemic, the release date was pushed back to June 30th, and I was invited to be on the blog tour–which I jumped. Here is the synopsisContinue reading “Spotlight: In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby”

Amazing New Queer Middle Grade Reads

Quarantine hasn’t really be that great for my reading, honestly. But early in it, when I was more motivated, I read these fantastic, recent queer middle grade releases that warmed my heart. I’m so excited to share these with my middle school students when I start teaching next year! As far as I can tell,Continue reading “Amazing New Queer Middle Grade Reads”

Review: Chirp by Kate Messner

Genre: middle grade contemporary Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Publication date: February 4, 2020 From acclaimed author Kate Messner comes the powerful story of a young girl with the courage to make her voice heard, set against the backdrop of a summertime mystery. When Mia moves to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, she’s recovering from theContinue reading “Review: Chirp by Kate Messner”

Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (Blog Tour)

Hannah Capin’s Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes. Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and theContinue reading “Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (Blog Tour)”

Review: The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Genre: YA contemporary/alternate universe Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication date: February 4, 2020 As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to HoustonContinue reading “Review: The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper”

Culture Popped Open: Episode 6: 2019 Favorites

We released another episode! And we think we’ve settled on a date to release them: Wednesday. Not necessarily every Wednesday (although you’ll definitely get something on Patreon), but twice a month. This one’s all about our favorite TV, movies, books, musicals, comedy, and other things we discovered in 2019. Most of them were released inContinue reading “Culture Popped Open: Episode 6: 2019 Favorites”

Review: We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding

Genre: YA contemporary Publisher: Amulet Publication date: January 7, 2020 Two best friends grow up—and grow apart—in this innovative contemporary YA novel Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the startContinue reading “Review: We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding”

2019 Reading Wrap-Up and 2020 goals! (With charts!)

Welcome to 2020! That means it’s time for my annual reading wrap-up and goals post. (I read through December 31st. What’s with all the best of the year stuff coming out at the beginning of December?) I refuse to participate in Best-Of-The Decade This year was…long. Some of these books I look at and think,Continue reading “2019 Reading Wrap-Up and 2020 goals! (With charts!)”

Culture Popped Open Episodes 4 and 5: Fleabag, Noelle, and Christmas Movie Favorites (Now on Spotify!)

We have been so busy over at our podcast that I forgot to update in a blog post! We’ve recently released two more episodes, one discussing Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit show Fleabag, and another on the Disney+ Christmas movie Noelle and our other favorite Christmas movies. In other exciting news, we are now on Spotify soContinue reading “Culture Popped Open Episodes 4 and 5: Fleabag, Noelle, and Christmas Movie Favorites (Now on Spotify!)”

Review: Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Genre: YA contemporary Publisher: Knopf Publication date: October 29, 2019 In a community that isn’t always understanding, an HIV-positive teen must navigate fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love–and lust–for the first time. Powerful and uplifting, Full Disclosure will speak to fans of Angie Thomas and Nicola Yoon. Simone Garcia-Hampton is startingContinue reading “Review: Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett”