It's been a little quiet around here this week, but for a really good reason. We've been hard at work on a brand-new website! Now you can find book recommendations for student readers in grades 6-12 at

Everyone knows that children are the future, but before I start belting Whitney Houston, let's just say that as a former English teacher, encouraging young readers is super important to me. I've been invited to give book talks at local schools this fall, and this project is designed to complement that effort. Because hey, if I'm going to be reading a bunch of fabulous middle-grade and YA titles, I might as well share that joy with the world, right?

So if you know any young readers, especially kids who are maybe a little reluctant to pick up a book, send them on over to Read or Die. I would absolutely love to change their minds about books.