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Lois Lane: Fallout

Lois Lane is one of the most unsung heroines in the DC Universe.  She's best known as Superman's love interest, but even with her keen intelligence and journalistic talents, it takes FOREVER until she realizes there is anything unusual about Clark Kent! This is why I love Gwenda Bond's series dedicated to Ms. Lane.  By reimagining her as an intrepid [...]

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Invisible Fault Lines by Kristen-Paige Madonia

Callie's father is gone.  What should have been a regular Tuesday turns into the day he disappeared without a trace.  At first Callie is frozen with shock.  It's inconceivable that he left them, but there are simply no other clues to follow.  Days, then weeks, drag by and Callie and her mom circle each other in strange and distant orbits.  When Callie [...]

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Being sick for the better part of a month is no fun, but it does mean that I got some quality reading time in while I was recuperating.  Starting off "Katie's Sickbed Picks" is The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. Zahra is a jinni who has been imprisoned in her lamp for centuries as punishment for caring about the last [...]

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What Is Punk?

    OI! Picture books for teens? Oh, yes!  I always remind people that you never get too old for a great picture book.  And lots of authors and illustrator/artists are recognizing that teens are the perfect audience.  What is Punk is my favorite in the YA Picture Book genre.....I'd say collection, but I am keeping them with our Teen Graphic [...]

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The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century

  "Lizzie Borden took an ax......"  Or did she? For over a century, Lizzie Borden's name has come to mean ax-murderer.  In 1892, she discovered her father and step-mother dead of brutally inflicted wounds...deaths that were said to have occurred while she was also in the home.  The scene was so gruesome that even the police were shocked. What happened [...]

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The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

  I love politics! I really love politics.  I love the analysis and the calculations and watching alliances being built and/or crumbling  And during an election season, I love a good political thriller.  Jennifer Lynn Barnes' new The Fixer series totally hits the spot!  Start with Book 1: The Fixer and I guarantee you will be aching for the sequel Long [...]

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We Are the Ants

"I'll die, you'll die, we'll all die, and the things we've done, the choices we've made, will amount to nothing." What if you were given the power to save the world? Henry isn't sure his own miserable life is worth saving.  His family includes his chain-smoking mother, a college dropout brother and his pregnant girlfriend, and his beloved Nana who is suffering [...]

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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Go big or go home! Willowdean, who proclaims herself “the resident fat girl’,  has always been self-assured, even in a town obsessed with beauty.  But Willowdean finds that her self-esteem starts to diminish following her aunt’s death, building tensions in her relationships with her mom and best friend, and a secret affair with her crush, Private School Bo.  Attempting to [...]

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Welcome to Katie’s Picks

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around for a while, you could miss it."-Ferris Bueller's Day Off Welcome to Katie's Picks, my weekly invitation to stop and look around at the amazing new releases in teen lit and movies.  Check back here each week for great recommendations and fun links!