Tag Archives: @yabooksandmore

June 11

Ten YA Books That Will Make You Laugh, Cry and Everything In Between by Naomi Bates

Books can be a powerful emotional vehicle.  Anger, passion, joy, deep dislike, humor, pain…those are just some emotions young adult books and authors can pull from you.  One minute you’re fine, the next you’re bawling in front of an audience (only if you read in public, that is).  As a book lover and reader, I […]

October 20

Barbies, Goddesses, and Sudoku Puzzles by Naomi Bates

I would never let Barbie stand in my way. I kid you not, I was BORN to be a librarian.  At the age of six, my two sisters and I had our favorite Barbies and it was time for them to take a vacation in their cigar box cars, but WAIT!!!  And I struck my […]

May 09

Take Some Cues from Gilligan: Build a Nation of Readers, Not an Island by Naomi Bates

Taking a cue from a popular show in the sixties, Gilligan’s Island, I re-wrote the intro to reflect today’s school libraries (so sing it with the music in mind): Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, A tale of some really good reads, That started on the very first page Aboard the library. […]

February 19

In the After by Demitria Lunetta – Reviewed by Naomi Bates

In the After by Demitria Lunetta HarperTeen, 2013 Amy lived with her mother and father in the typical life of a suburban teenager.  But now everything is different.  Amy’s perception of time is different – “the past is Before, and the present is After.  Before was reality; the After, a nightmare.” Her mother is gone […]

Ten by Gretchen McNeil – Reviewed by Naomi Bates

Ten by Gretchen McNeil (Balzer & Bray, 2012) Meg and Minnie have been friends forever, but this is the chance to break into that inner circle at school they’ve always wanted to be a part of. An exclusive invitation to join a party over the weekend at the elite Henry Island, located outside of Seattle, was […]