The Long Winter: Cold Comfort; Or, In Which I Don't Even Try To Fight…

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads 'The Long Winter', the Laura Ingalls Wilder classic wherein our heroine Laura twists… » 10/10/08 3:00pm 10/10/08 3:00pm

A Ring Of Endless Light: Eros, Thanatos; Now, Where The Hell Is That…

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads 'A Ring of Endless Light', the 1980 Madeleine L'Engle novel about Vicky Austin, who… » 9/19/08 3:00pm 9/19/08 3:00pm

Bridge To Terabithia: Troubling The Waters

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads Katherine Paterson's 1977 book 'Bridge to Terabithia', the story of Jess Aarons, the… » 8/29/08 3:40pm 8/29/08 3:40pm

Flowers In The Attic: He Ain't Sexy, He's My Brother

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads 'Flowers In The Attic', the 1979 story of a brother and sister who keep it all in the… » 8/22/08 3:40pm 8/22/08 3:40pm

A Little Princess: Reversal Of Four Buns

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads 'A Little Princess', Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1905 story of Sara Crewe, who's both a… » 8/15/08 3:40pm 8/15/08 3:40pm

Tiger Eyes: Cuando Los Lagartijos Corren

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads Judy Blume's 'Tiger Eyes', the story of 15-year-old Davey, who has a new hole in her… » 8/08/08 3:40pm 8/08/08 3:40pm

Breaking Dawn: What To Expect When You're Expecting... A Vampire

First, a confession: some of us hadn't heard of Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn » 8/07/08 3:00pm 8/07/08 3:00pm until a reader asked us to cover it. But tips kept pouring in, and we realized that this young adult novel, the fourth installment of Meyer's Saga and featuring both teenage werewolves and teenage vampires, is actually a huge deal. At a…

Go Ask Alice: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads 'Go Ask Alice', the "anonymous"ly-written, 1971 story of a girl who keeps the worst… » 7/25/08 3:40pm 7/25/08 3:40pm

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase: Life’s A Bitch, And So Is The Governess

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, novelist/drunken folk art collector Laura Lippman reads 'The Wolves of Willoughby Chase', Joan Aiken's 1962 novel in which two cousins… » 7/18/08 3:40pm 7/18/08 3:40pm

Happy Endings Are All Alike: The Price Of Fault

Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads 'Happy Endings Are All Alike', the 1978 Sandra Scoppettone novel about two young… » 7/03/08 3:40pm 7/03/08 3:40pm