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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Students are inundated with WWII stories about the Holocaust, and for good reason. But it was a pleasure to find a take on WWII we so rarely hear. Written from the perspective of a Lithuanian refugee whose family is exiled to Siberia, Between Shades of Gray is a masterpiece of teen war fiction. Sepetys's narrative is as elegant as it is unflinching, and is bound to move any reader to tears. Though it is primarily a work of fiction, Sepetys based many of the scenes from interviews with survivors, making the atrocities depicted within all the more harrowing to behold. Perhaps Sepetys's most impressive accomplishment is that, despite the disturbing subject matter, she has wrought a book that is as engaging and focused on love and empathy as it is painfully honest. Beautifully written, masterfully told, please read Between Shades of Gray with Not Your Mother's Book Club's highest recommendation.

Valentines' Day Bash Recap!

So pictures are still to come, but in the meantime we have some links to AMAZING bloggers that attended this event. Fans were out in force, and we were pleased to keep pulling more and more chairs out for attendees.

 Three ladies from Eve's Fan Garden (in Sacramento) came out, and had baked a special cupcake for each one of the authors that reflected their respective book covers! They looked adorable (and delicious) and totally professionally made. They posted their own recap on their website. You can find reviews, recaps of other events, author interviews and more from these very prolific ladies!

We also got to meet Jessica, who runs the awesome teen blog, Chick Lit Teens. Jessica organizes contests, giveaways, writes reviews and even conducts interviews. You can follow her on Twitter too @ChickLitTeens

Not to mention Elizabeth Eulberg, who has already posted pics to her Twitter! (@ElizEulberg)

Read This Blog

If you love to read YA, and even want to write some yourself, be sure to check out the awesome FIRST NOVELS CLUB blog. With over 900 followers, these ladies weigh in on everything from TV and fashion to writing the perfect almost but not quite kiss scene..

Attention Team Jacob

What's a werewolf gotta do to get some love around here? Jacob may not have gotten the girl, but Calla Tor, the fearsome leader of her werewolf pack, has got more love going than she knows what to do with--stuck between a studly wolf and a handsome man, Calla has to make the tough calls, all while leading her pack. And yes! Win! The followup to this paranormal romance is due out this summer! Be sure to check out the Wolves of Mercy Falls series too.

Not Your Mother's Book Club Blog

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Not Your Mother's Book Club Blog

Books Inc., the West’s oldest independent bookstore, started Not Your Mother’s Book Club with one big idea: to bring the best writers in the world to the best readers in the world.  We know first-hand that no book lovers are as ferociously awesome as Young Adult book lovers!The club has grown tremendously since we began in 2005.  We now host a monthly literary salon for teenagers in San Francisco, as well as weekly online author interviews, online contests and in-school author events around the Bay Area.  No matter how much bigger and busier we are, though, one thing remains the same - our dedication to showcasing the very best that the world of teen literature has to offer.  
 We also have a lot of fun ... and we invite you to join us.  Yay books!

On this blog you will find:

*listings for upcoming events

*recommendations for awesome books

*links to teen lit websites and blogs

*a hodge-podge of info pertaining to all things YA LIT!

 

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