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Everything Is Not What It Seems

XVI by Julia Karr (Book 1 XVI Series)

Every girl gets one. An XVI tattoo on the wrist—sixteen. They say they’re there for protection. Some girls can’t wait to be sixteen, to be legal. Nina is not one of them. Even though she has no choice in the matter, she knows that so long as her life continues as normal, everything will be okay. Then, with one brutal strike, Nina’s normal is shattered; and she discovers that nothing that she believed about her life is true. But there’s one boy who can help—and he just may hold the key to her past. But with the line between attraction and danger as thin as a whisper, one thing is for sure…for Nina, turning sixteen promises to be anything but sweet.

The year is 2150 and women’s rights and the freedoms we enjoy today (at the moment) are just a memory. The world that 15-year-old Nina Oberon lives in is frightening to me. Frightening because it’s all too plausible. The Governing Council controls the populace through the Media. Through the Media girls are “trained” to become a sex-teen when they turn sixteen. There’s even a guide for this transition. How to dress and act to attract guys. Girls become adults at sixteen, identified by a tattoo on the wrist – XVI. This becomes an invitation (unwanted or not) that girls are ready for sex. Girls don’t have many choices, they either marry above them or get accepted into the FeLS (Female Liaison Specialists) program. (more…)

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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

away

To get the world ready for April

and May. (more…)

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“If you had one day left to live, what would you do?”

Fracture by Megan Miranda (Book 1 Fracture Series)

By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from a Maine lake’s icy waters by her friend, Decker Phillips, her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. But somehow Delaney survived—despite the brain scans that show irreparable damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be fine, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying, and when she meets Troy Varga, a boy who recently emerged from a coma with the same abilities, she is relieved to share this strange new existence. Unsure if her altered brain is predicting death or causing it, Delaney must figure out if their gift is a miracle, a freak of nature—or something else much more frightening….

The plot of this novel is very similar to The Body Finder Series by Kimberly Derting, but has thrilling psychological aspects that make it unique. The story is told from Delaney Maxwell’s POV as she tries to navigate the ups and downs of life after death, literally. Fracture is an apt title in many respects. Throughout the story we see the fracturing of Delaney’s home life, friendships, and her own sanity. (more…)

I Haiku You

Love as Playful Poetry

I Haiku You written and illustrated by Betsy Snyder

you be my jelly,

 

i’ll be your peanut butter–

 

let’s stick together!

This, as you might expect, is a very sweet book. Readers will find a fun and poignant haiku on each page paired with cute illustrations of bold lines, smooth watercolors, and characters reminiscent of illustrator Gyo Fujikawa (one of our favorites). The characters express their love for everything from bikes and lemonade to parents, friends, and pets. Children and adults will both love the silly but apt comparisons in each poem. Snyder finds a way to boil down sentiment to basic ideas, and she does so very effectively without being condescending.

The book jacket says that “both the young and the young at heart will enjoy sharing these simple poems of affection and appreciation,” and I think that is absolutely true. (more…)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Cinderella is an Assasin

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is a prisoner in the salt mines of Endovier, living out a life sentence for her life as a notorious assassin. After surviving a year as a slave in the harsh mines, she is suddenly given a way to freedom: the king is hosting a competition for a position as his personal assassin, and Prince Dorian, crown prince of Endovier, wants to champion Celaena. Despite her loathing for the war-faring king, Celaena agrees, and her new journey–emotional and physical–begins. Once she arrives at the palace, she finds her competition to be fierce, full of other criminals and soldiers. Over the weeks of elimination challenges, Celaena finds herself involved with many of the big names at court. She also finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery as other potential assassins are found dead, one by one. Is she next? How can she stop what seems to be a malevolent, magical force? A destiny awaits her beyond any she could have imagined. Oh, and don’t forget love interests! (I’ll just say “love triangle with swoon-worthy guys” and leave it at that.)

Maas started her story on the premise that Cinderella was actually a deadly assassin. (more…)

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Well, it’s official: Our Time in Juvie has been alive and kicking for exactly two years! We’re pretty excited to have shared the last two years with some wonderful books, authors, publishers, and readers. It’s been a great run so far, and we’re looking forward to another two (plus infinity) years of sharing our love of kids’ and YA books.

As always, there are more reviews and interviews to come, so we’ll see you soon. Happy reading!

(Image from monogramchick.blogspot.com)

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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)

(more…)

Wolf Won't Bite by Emily Gravett

No Matter What, “Wolf Won’t Bite!”

Wolf Won’t Bite! written and illustrated by Emily Gravett

In a seeming role reversal from the original fairy tale, three little pigs capture a big, toothy wolf and put him on display in their very own circus where, no matter what they do, “wolf won’t bite!”

Sure of their safety despite their antics, the three little pigs (dressed in a strongman leotard, ringmaster suit, and frilly tutu) continue to up the ante in their circus acts, rejoicing in the knowledge that they are safe no matter what. Kids will delight in going from one page to the next as the pigs lift Wolf in the air, make him jump through hoops, and even shoot him from a cannon. While the pigs twirl in excitement, safe and sound, wolf looks confused at his predicament, and kids will laugh at the ridiculous pictures and, in a twist from the original story, perhaps even feel sorry for the poor wolf as he’s dressed up and put on display. In the end, predictably, wolf is tested to his limit and the three little pigs… Well, let’s just say things don’t go according to plan! (more…)

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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…)
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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!

Poem from http://bit.ly/Tn1As0

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