Books for Sale! (March 23, 2015)

Unless otherwise stated all books are in new condition and unsigned.

I can only ship within the US.

Hardcovers are $6.00 each plus shipping.

Paperbacks are $3.00 each plus shipping.

Books will ship media mail.

If interested please email me at miss_print AT yahoo DOT com. First come, first served.

Hardcovers ($6.00 each):

  1. The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando (signed to Emma)
  2. Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
  3. Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti (signed to Emma)
  4. Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles De Lint
  5. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
  6. Buzzkill by Beth Fantaskey
  7. The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
  8. Parallel by Lauren Miller
  9. The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (signed to Emma)
  10. The Safe-Keeper’s Secret by Sharon Shinn
  11. The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr (signed to Emma)

Paperbacks ($3.00 each):

  1. The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
  2. Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
  3. Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
  4. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  5. Fracture by Megan Miranda
  6. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
  7. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding (signed to Emma)
  8. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  9. The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams

ARCS (for trade or free–just cover shipping)

  1. Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci
  2. The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni
  3. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

If interested please email me at miss_print AT yahoo DOT com. First come, first served.

Beau, Lee, The Bomb and Me: A (Rapid Fire) Review

Beau, Lee, the Bomb and Me by Mary McKinleyBeau, Lee, The Bomb and Me by Mary McKinley (2014)

It’s bad enough being smart or fat in a high school with known bullying issues, Rusty Winters is both. It’s even worse to be gay, which is unfortunate for new kid Beau Gales.

When Beau arrives, Rusty’s first thought is relief when she thinks the school might have someone else to target for a while. But when Rusty and Beau become fast friends, it hits her hard when Beau’s bullying escalates to a beating on his way home. Rusty and fellow misfit Leonie readily agree to follow Beau when he decides to run away to San Francisco to ask his gay uncle for advice.

This road-trip novel is peppered with nods to The Wizard of Oz that range from clever to heavy-handed. A detour to the town of Forks (of “Twilight” fame) and numerous additional plot points—including the friends deciding how to properly deal with Leonie’s molestation by her teacher and others, a car-jacking, and more—force much of the character development off-page in the form of time jumps and informative asides.

Lengthy passages about the devastating effects of the AIDS outbreak, often reductive explanations of the gay rights movement, and numerous reminders about the importance of tolerance lend a self-righteous tone to the narrative.

While the issues of bullying and gay rights are timely, outmoded pop-culture references and odd slang choices lend a dated feel to this novel. Worth a look for those hoping to flesh out their LGBTQ or bullying selections as well as hardcore Oz-philes. A good choice to pair with Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.

*A slightly different version of this review appeared in an issue of School Library Journal from which it can be seen in various sites online*