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"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ~ Groucho Marx

As a child, I didn't have an interest in books, much less reading. I remember reading the first and last chapter of The Witch of Blackbird Pond for a book report in the fourth grade. That's how much I disliked it.

I come from a family of writers, so words are in my blood and my mum and aunt are copy editors. When my family moved to the Pacific Northwest I got a job after school as a library page. It was there that a children's librarian turned me into a bibliophile. I been working with books ever since. From that point on I read mostly books for adults and very few children's and young adult books. It wasn't until I began working at the bookstore where I met Jenny, that I began reading mainly children's and young adult books.

I will read almost anything, but I especially love historical fiction, paranormal romance, fantasy/adventure, and books featuring strong, kick-ass, independent female characters. But, as Jenny mentioned above we love trying new authors and getting recommendations from our readers. So please let us know what you think, and I hope we get the chance to share some really greats books with you.

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The Game

Welcome to the Mythosphere.

The Game by Diana Wynne Jones

The GameFor the longest time, I’ve been meaning to read a book by Diana Wynne Jones, (Howl’s Moving Castle first and foremost) but other books got in the way. The day before yesterday, I was at the library and this was the only title on the shelf by Jones. As an introduction to Jones’s writing I thought the story to be short and magical. I would’ve loved if the story had been expanded.

We are introduced to Hayley, who is and orphan after her parents died or disappeared when she was a baby. Since then she’s been living with her Grandparents, living a very lonely existence. She’s homeschooled and her only acquaintances are the servants that come and go. Her grandmother is very strict in the extreme and her grandfather is always occupied with his mysterious project.

When Hayley chances to meet two brothers, Flute and Fiddle, she discovers something called the mythosphere. Her grandfather’s project has something to do with the mythosphere, but before Hayley can get any concrete answers she’s shipped off to an unknown (to Hayley) part of her family in Ireland. There she discovers that she has many aunt and even more cousins. Even more surprising is that all the cousins know about the mythosphere and play a game within it. Soon Hayley learns that there’s more history to her family than she thought.

“This is the mythosphere. It’s made up of all the stories, theories and beliefs, legends, myths and hopes, that are generated here on Earth. As you can see, it’s constantly growing and moving as people invent new tales to tell or find new things to believe.” (pg. 23) (more…)

Nobody's Secret

“I’m nobody! Who are you?”

Nobody’s Secret: A Novel of Intrigue and Romance by Michaela MacColl

Nobody's SecretInspired by the poem, I’m nobody! Who are you?, written by Emily Dickinson, Michaela MacColl brings to life a fictional mystery about Mr. Nobody. We are introduced to a spunky, intelligent, and very observant Emily Dickinson as she seeks to experience life, or in this case a bee landing on her nose, when she meets the mysteriously intriguing Mr. Nobody. Soon thereafter, he’s found floating in the Dickinson’s pond.

From her few conversations with Mr. Nobody and the clues she finds upon his death, Emily knows that he did not drown, accidental or otherwise. Everyone including the doctor and the reverend are convinced he did. Emily takes it upon herself to find out who Mr. Nobody was and why and how he died. Like any great detective, she sees what others do not and has the fortitude to find the truth no matter what.

Emily Dickinson is one of the greatest poets of the 19th Century and with this novel, MacColl gives a peek into the mind and life of a young fifteen-year-old Emily. Her younger sister, Lavinia “Vinnie”, plays a part in solving the mystery with her sister. Both as partner and keeper to make sure Emily doesn’t overexert herself (or get into any trouble!). Often Vinnie is left to do the household chores on her own, whilst Emily escapes to write or investigate. The Dickinson household is an economical one. Why purchase items, material or food, if you can make it yourself. This is what Mrs. Dickinson instills in her daughters so they can one day manage their own household. However, Emily longs to write and live her life free from chores. She hides a notebook in her corset to put to paper her random thoughts, which will later turn into poems. (more…)


Happy Birthday, Jenny!







“Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.” ― Larry Lorenzoni

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Happy 3rd Birthday OTIJ!!

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. — C.S.Lewis

Today OTIJ is three years old, and like any youngster, we’re still trying to find our feet. Life has brought us new challenges and adventures, but both Jenny and I are still avid readers (like that’ll ever change!). Hopefully (fingers crossed), we’ll have some new reviews to post to the site soon. Until then…

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Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day!!

Earth Day by Jane Yolen

I am the Earth

And the Earth is me.

Each blade of grass,

Each honey tree,

Each bit of mud,

And stick and stone

Is blood and muscle,

Skin and bone.

And just as I

Need every bit

Of me to make

My body fit,

So Earth needs

Grass and stone and tree

And things that grow here


That’s why we

Celebrate this day.

That’s why across

The world we say:

As long as life,

As dear, as free,

I am the Earth

And the Earth is me. 

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March Events!!

Never Mind March

Never mind, March, we know

When you blow

You’re not really mad

Or angry, or bad;

You’re only blowing the winter


To get the world ready for April

and May. (more…)

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February Events!

There are some great events in our area this month, especially with young-adult authors! We hope to see you around town. As always, happy reading!

Saturday, February 2nd @ 11 a.m. University Bookstore Mill Creek

  • Teen Book Brunch with Kristin Halbrook, Nobody But Us

Tuesday, February 5th @ 6:30 p.m. Secret Garden Books

  • Cory Doctorow, Homeland (sequel to Little Brother)

Tuesday, February 5th @ 7 p.m. Seattle Public Library Central Branch

  • Cory Doctorow, Homeland (sequel to Little Brother)

Saturday, February 9th @ 2 p.m. Fairwood Library

  • Young Adult Book Authors Discussion and Signing:
  • Jennifer Shaw Wolf, Breaking Beautiful
  • Helen Landalf, Flyaway
  • Carole Estby Dagg, The Year We Were Famous
  • Jillian Anderson Coats, The Wicked and the Just
  • Kimberly Derting, The Essence (sequel to The Pledge)
  • Megan Bostic, Never Eighteen

Wednesday, February 13th @ 7 p.m. University Bookstore

  • Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell (Book 3 Bloodlines)


Put this on your calendar!

January Events!

Wednesday, January 16th @7pm Seattle Public Library Central Branch

  • Kadir Nelson, I Have a Dream

Thursday, January 17th @10am Barnes & Noble Alderwood

  • Kadir Nelson (illustrator), I Have a Dream - Nelson will be presenting his new book on Martin Luther King, Jr., aimed at elementary and middle school students. He will be reading and signing at Meadowdale Middle School in Lynnwood.

Thursday, January 17th @7pm Third Place Books Lake Forest Park

  • Kadir Nelson, I Have a Dream

Friday, January 18th @6:30pm Third Place Books Lake Forest Park

  • Melissa de la Cruz, Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods 9)

Saturday, January 26th @2pm Seattle Public Library Northgate Branch

  • Clare Vanderpool, Navigating Early; Moon Over Manifest (more…)

Happy Holidays!!

Once Was a Shining Christmas Tree

There once was a shining Christmas tree

Standing out where all could see.

Its brilliance captured every eye

And seemed to cheer each passer by.

Happy Holidays from Our Time in Juvie! Have a wonderful rest of the year and we’ll see you back here in 2013!

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December Events!!

It’s hard to believe that it’s December already! As you can see there aren’t many author events for this month. I guess everyone has something else to do :o) I hope everyone has a great December and happy reading!

Monday, December 17th @7pm Third Place Books Lake Forest Park

  • Lish McBride, Hold Me Close, Necromancer, Necromancing the Stone


Tuesday, December 4th @10am Barnes & Noble Northgate

  • Special Guest Celebrity Reader Karen Robbins! – Be sure to join us as we welcome local children’s author Karen Robbins, author of Care of Our World and Shoe Print Art. This will be a fun “active” storytime.  

Friday, December 7th @7pm Barnes & Noble Downtown; Bellevue; South Center; Woodinville

  • Polar Express Storytime

Saturday, December 8th @10am Barnes & Noble Northgate

  • Polar Express Storytime – Come in your PJs! Treats and activities will be included.

Saturday, December 8th @11am Barnes & Noble Alderwood Mall

  • The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition – Chanda Bell will read and sign new Elf on the Shelf books and gift boxes. (more…)
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