Day: September 15, 2014

Review: Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

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Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Released September 23, 2014.

Filled with the stark, violent and frightening truths behind the fairy tales you loved as a child, this book of 50 poems is designed for teens ready to see beyond the beauty of a princess dress.  The poems bring the fairy tales into the modern day, introducing us to the dirty side of the entire princess and beauty myth.  Here are girls who are trapped in the stories society has sold them, girls who cannot eat, girls with no hope, girls who do as they are told, until they don’t.  You will find all of the princesses on the pages here, by they are not who you think they are.  There are poems told in their voices and others that are based on rhymes.  They are all caustic, brave and vary from tragic to hilarious.  I dare you to try to put this one down.

Brilliant.  I read the first poem in this book and knew that I had found something entirely unique and amazing.  Heppermann skewers the princess trope, firmly demanding that girls realize what is happening to them.  That they recognize that it is built on them not for them, that they are all beautiful no matter what the ads say, and that if you listen too much your life becomes a mockery or a tragedy.  This is satire at its very best, paying tribute to the fairy tales but savagely tearing them apart to form a new garment and march onward.

Get this one for your teen collections, hand it directly to girls who don’t like poetry because this will change their minds forever.  This book will speak to every girl, because we have all been sold the same stories.  Appropriate for ages 14-17.

Reviewed from e-galley received from Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss.

National Book Foundation 2014 Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The National Book Foundation has announced the longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.  The five finalists will be announced on October 15th with the winner named on November 19th at the National Book Awards ceremony.  Here are the ten titles on the longlist:

100 Sideways Miles brown girl dreaming Girls Like Us

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Greenglass House The Impossible Knife of Memory Noggin

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Revolution

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steven Sheinkin

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Skink--No Surrender Threatened

Skink – No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer