Joy Kim

Librarian. Book Reviewer. Coffee Addict.

March 4, 2015
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Sirens 2015 Reading Challenge

For the last three years, I’ve attended Sirens, an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to women in fantasy literature. In 2015, the conference will be held in Denver, from October 8-11, with the theme of “rebels and revolutionaries.” If you know me … Continue reading

August 27, 2009
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Avasthi, Swati: Split (2010)

Split By Swati Avasthi Young Adult Fiction Knopf, 2010 Hardcover $16.99 978-0-375-86340-0 When Jace Witherspoon is kicked out of the house by his abusive father, he hits the road and drives until he finds himself on the doorstep of his … Continue reading

June 30, 2009
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Adventures in ebooks

When it comes to technological innovation, I am generally in the early adopter or early majority categories. (Which one usually depends on how expensive the innovation in question is, as I am also quite cheap.) After all, I am easily … Continue reading

January 26, 2009
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Youth media awards

ALA announced its youth media award winners today at the midwinter conference in Denver. I really enjoyed The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, so I was very happy to see that it had won the Newbery Medal. Of course, Gaiman … Continue reading

November 18, 2008
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One more Lion Hunters book!

Via Sherwood Smith, here’s an interview with YA fantasy writer Elizabeth E. Wein. She has a lot of interesting comments on her creative process and the inspiration for her books. Best of all, there’s an excerpt from the next book … Continue reading

September 30, 2008
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L. M. Montgomery, depression, and stigma

Anyone who works in a library or bookstore could probably tell you that L. M. Montgomery’s stories and novels for young people continue to be beloved today. At my library, the Anne of Green Gables books are still fairly popular, … Continue reading