Opportunity for Free Books

Presenting Lenore is hosting a contest to win 11 books.  Go check it out here!

I’m a big fan of anything free, especially free books and I thought you guys might be too!

I’ve Been Splashed

What is a Splash Award? It is an award given to alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive & inspiring blogs. Diane at The Book Resort created this award in honor of starting her blog 4 weeks ago and I’m one of the lucky ones she gave it to. I’m honored.

The Rules:
1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.
3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom your received your Splash award.
6) Have F~U~N

I Splash:

Mad Woman in the Forest

Sparks Fly Up

Guys Lit Wire 

and of course, who I received the Splash from: Karin Librarian


Boy Proof- Cecil Castellucci


 Victoria or “Egg” is a high school senior who loves science fiction movies, has an actress for a mother, a special effects guy or a dad and just doesn’t fit in.  Boy Proof is a coming of age story where Victoria finds herself.  This novel addresses many issues that teens deal with during high school.  I really like that Victoria remains true to herself throughout the story and is able to admit when she is wrong.   There is a bit of a love interest in the story that I was able to identify with- remembering my own teen years and crushes.  Though the protagonist is female, it is not an overly girly book, and I think that some guys might enjoy it.  This book is better suited for individual reading than it is for assigned class reading.  I would recommend it for grades 7-10.




New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
ALA (American Library Association) Best Books for Young Adults
ALA (American Library Association) Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers
Book Sense Children’s Picks List Selection

Beauty Shop for Rent-Laura Bowers

  Beauty Shop for Rent is Laura Bowers’ first YA novel.  The story is about a sophomore girl named Abbey who has a dream of becoming a millionaire by the age of 35.  She is trying to not be like her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who had children at the ages of 16, 17, and 16 respectively.  Living with her great-grandmother for the past several years has caused Abbey to not have much of a relationship with either of her parents.  The book explores her relationships with her parents and her relationships with an extended family in her community.  I really enjoyed this book.  It is light and funny, while dealing with real issues that many teens deal with every day.  I do not think I would assign it as reading in a classroom setting, but I would have no qualms about recommending it to students.  The back of the book says “ages 12 and up” and I would agree.  There is nothing inappropriate in the novel for younger teens and I would say it’s ideal age range is 7th-10th grade.


I will be slowly but surely switching old links and making all new links indiebound, as I am switching to their affiliate program from Amazon’s.  I believe strongly in supporting independent stores, especially bookstores, and this provides an easy way to do that.  

Secondly, I am now on twitter as yagoodbadugly so please follow, I will try to keep it updated as to what I am reading and when new posts are published.  

Third, I’m trying to figure out exactly where I want this blog to go- So if you’ve checked it out— what do you like, what don’t you like?  My focus is on how to use these books in classrooms, and less on providing summaries, but am I achieving my goal?  Should I be finding lesson plans to provide teachers for the books?  Would you be interested in me listing any vocabulary words I find while reading, or perhaps a journal writing prompt or two that I think of when I read the books?  Any and all suggestions are welcome.


Currently reading:

Beauty Shop for Rent… Fully Equipped, Inquire Within  by Laura Bowers
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Updated 2009 Young Adult Book Challenge

Guidelines for 2009 Young Adult Book Challenge

1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.

2. Read 12 Young Adult novels. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

3. Challenge begins January thru December, 2009.

4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.

Click here to join.

My Read list:

1.  Slam- Nick Hornby

2. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports- James Patterson

3. Maximum Ride: The Final Warning- James Patterson

4. An Abundance of Katherines- John Green

5. Cuba 15- Nancy Osa

6. Bullyville- Francine Prose

7. Tangerine- Edward Bloor

8. Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson

9. How Ya Like Me Now- Brendan Halpin

How Ya Like Me Now- Brendan Halpin

 Eddie, is a sophomore in high school, who has to move out of the suburbs into Boston when his mom enters rehab.  He has to deal with not only his problems at home, but with entering a new school, and making friends.  His cousin, Alex, is also a central part of this book and provides a look at intelligent, yet underachieving students.  The issues that are dealt with in this novel are problems that more students deal with than perhaps we often consider, and they are dealt with in a non-threatening or “preaching” manner.  I think that this book would be best for students in at least 8th grade and up to 10th.  It is not a challenging book to read, but it deals with issues that are important and could provide fodder for great discussions.





VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers