Posts by Stephanie Bucklin


Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. Today, I’m excited to feature an interview with Shirley Mullin, the owner of the fantastic Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore in Indianapolis, IN....

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When I first read Kara Thomas’ LITTLE MONSTERS, I was blown away about how expertly the book was paced. Every chapter, it felt like important questions were answered, and even more important questions were raised. I never felt strung along, or like information was being withheld just to create more tension. And, for someone who has read a fair amount of mysteries, and is a fan of unreliable narrators, I didn’t spot how...

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Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. That’s why I’m excited to feature an interview with Barbara Saunders Sims, the owner of the thriving¬†Storybook Village in Pentwater, MI....

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There are a few things that, no matter the merits or the popularity of the book, I am (generally! usually!) cranky about as a reader. These are entirely frivolous matters of personal preference that have become, for me, pet peeves: 1. Gore. I have to skim this. When people in thrillers are getting threatened by saws and hammers and the like, I cannot handle. I will have to skip to when the damage is done and/or people are either dead...

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HOLES remains one of my favorite books, and I’m definitely not alone: HOLES won not only the Newbery Medal, but also the National Book Award, along with over a dozen others. But HOLES is far from Louis Sachar‘s only masterpiece: he has written over twenty other books for kids and teens. Most recently, I read THE CARDTURNER, a book which contains the strong emotional heart I’ve come to expect from his work.  ...

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