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Estelle: The Glass Collectors by Robert C. Tabb

The Glass Collectors by Robert C. Tabb Publication Date: April 28, 2012 Publisher: Self-published. Pages: 212 pages Keywords: holidays, 5th grade, gifts, bad luck Target audience: Middle grade; certainly a family read Format read: eBook sent to me from author. (Thanks!) Summary: Nothing seems to go right for Emerson. He can’t pass the tests in […]

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December 29, 2012 - 4:15 am

VeganYANerds - I don’t often read much MG but for this I would make an exception. I love books set in the 80s and I don’t mind kids that sound older because I know I was quite a mature kid so it sounds realistic.

Great review, Estell, I’ll check it out!

December 26, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Alexa Y. - I remember you telling me and Rachel about this book when we went out for dinner. It sounds pretty cute, and I like the sound of these characters. I may give this one a try, just for the heck of it!

December 21, 2012 - 6:43 pm

Sophia - This book sounds like a whole bunch of fun, and a ton of cute! I don’t often read books that aren’t YA, but I might make an exception for this one if I ever want to take a break from teen. Lovely review, Estelle! :)

December 21, 2012 - 2:05 pm

elena - i liked that you said “mega important.” this sounds like a cute story and totally one i can see as a bedtime story too, even if the impact was not as great as you wanted. your review made me feel good!

Estelle: The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer

The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer  Publication Date: September 1, 1995 Publisher: Laurel Leaf Pages: 192 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: holidays, siblings, family, romance Format read: Used copy bought online. Summary: With the help of a romance novel handbook, Kate launches into her own holiday love story: complete with competitive best […]

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December 26, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds absolutely delightful! I think it’s worth checking out, and I’ll definitely be trying to get my hands on a copy sooner than soon :) I totally love how the main character is bookish, and how the writing style sounds AWESOMELY unique.

December 20, 2012 - 1:39 pm

April Books & Wine - Okay I need to put this out there right now. I went to click the amazon link and was like YAY! There’s a kindle version. But oh my god. It is priced at $10.99! $10.99 for a 192 page book that’s 17 years old.

So I guess used copy for $0.01 plus shipping it is!

December 20, 2012 - 1:33 pm

April Books & Wine - I remember reading this wayyyy back when and being like THIS BOOK ROCKS! And then forgetting about it for a few years. But I did totally borrow it from my library’s young adult section back when it was 3 spinning racks and probably only 40 books? If that. Sigh. I am so glad the market for YA is so big these days.

Diatribe aside — I hope they put this out in ebook form because OMG I WANT TO REVISIT MY CHILDHOOD READING!

December 19, 2012 - 10:42 am

Kristin - I loved this book as a teen, and I think I still have my copy somewhere. Your review makes me want to grab it and re-read over Christmas break!

December 19, 2012 - 9:47 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Awww! That sounds so cute!! And I’m glad it didn’t let your inner teenage girl down and still held up today. Also, I hate frenemies! :(

Estelle: Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian ( @ Twitter ) Note: Kate Brian is the pseudonym of author Kieran Scott. Familar? Publication Date: October 6, 2009 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Christmas, popularity, exes, siblings, road trip Format read: Bought used online. Summary: Lila has been prepping to through the biggest winter break party […]

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December 12, 2012 - 5:38 pm

elena - AWW this sounds totally QT! I do like it when characters are forced to work in teams and then chemistry happens! also, I misread the last one and was excited for the film but I HOPE IT WILL HAPPEN TOO.

December 12, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Alexa Y. - Ooh, a Christmas book! I think I should read this one, just to get even more into the spirit of the holidays. It sounds cute!

December 12, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - A teen patron at the library where I work has raved about this one. I should pick it up. It’s the right time for it. :)

December 12, 2012 - 9:53 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I’ve been looking for a few Christmas books to read next & I’ve decided to add this one to the list! It sounds like the perfect story to get me in the mood for Christmas (even though I already am! hehe).

December 12, 2012 - 9:41 am

Cassie - This sounds so good! “Pacey and Joey like scenario” got me, they’re my fave! But I dont think its available for the Nook :-(

December 12, 2012 - 9:36 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - So I don’t really read Christmas stories, and I’ll probably stick to that, but you totally sell this. I am such a sap for stories about two people who mostly loathe one another having a change of heart. I blame Jane Austen for that!

December 12, 2012 - 9:29 am

Cynthia - This sounds like a fun one! I’ve been looking for some Christmas related books to read this month, I’ll be adding this one to my list. =)

Estelle: Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher

Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher Publication Date: November 1, 2007 Publisher: Point Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: winter break, skiiing, stepmoms, boys! Where I heard about it: Ashley Loves Books Format read: Paperback from the library. Summary: Sam and her brother are off to a ski lodge for their dad’s honeymoon to a […]

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December 6, 2012 - 6:01 pm

Jamie - OH YAY. I’m going to see if this is at my library because this looks like a great winter read! Thanks for sharing!

December 5, 2012 - 9:59 pm

The Bumble Girl - This sounds like the perfect sweet read for the winter, and of course, even better if paired with some peppermint mocha, yum!
Will have to look it up during break at the library – thanks for the rec :)

December 5, 2012 - 2:06 pm

elena - yum yum peppermint mocha! also I’m glad that sex was such an open topic in this book, that’s certainly not what you typically see in YA. this sounds like a cute book overall! <3

December 5, 2012 - 12:34 pm

Alexa Y. - I would really want to read this one! It sounds like a nice book for December, and I love that they went on a Christmas-y vacation (especially since I would like to go on one too!)

Also, that song is swoony.