Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

I promise I’m not just reviewing Shadowshaper because of how pretty the cover is going to look on my homepage. …Well, okay, that’s a big plus! But the cover’s not the only gorgeous thing about this book. There is so much for kidlit writers to learn from Daniel José Older’s YA novel Shadowshaper. [Note: mild spoilers ahead!] 1. Work hardContinue reading “Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older”

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

This book is not new, nor am I the first to talk about how wonderful it is. One Crazy Summer was well-received when it was published in 2010, winning plenty of deserved accolades––look at all those lovely stickers!––including the Coretta Scott King Award. I finally got to dive into this middle grade novel a couple weeks ago. And there’s noContinue reading “One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia”

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This is the first time I’ve used a sequel as one of the Writer Reading Kidlit books. But this one was just too good to pass up. **Note: Due to the nature of writing about a sequel, and that none of these tips would really make sense without them, this post has some serious spoilers.** SoContinue reading “A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas”