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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian.

2021 Newbery Committee
2018 Odyssey Committee
2016 Caldecott Award
2013 Michael L. Printz Committee-
Fabulous Films Committee

I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge.

I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included: 
What's New in Children's & Teen Literature
Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory
Geeky Programming for All Ages

Reviewer-Booklist, AudioFile Magazine
Novelist, EBSCO Databases, Article Author and Reader's Advisory
Passing Notes Column-Public Libraries Journal-2012-2014

Blog Awards:
-2009-Best Reviewer in the People's Choice Blog Awards hosted by Hey, Teenager of the Year
-2009-shortlisted for Best YA Book Blog during Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Guest Posts/Interviews:
-ALSC Blog Posts
-Do It Yourself Spa Day at ALSC Blog
-Caldecott Storytimes Guest Post at ALSC Blog
-Top Five Printz Titles Guest Post at Abby the Librarian
-Guest Post at Bookworming in the 21st Century

Additional Links:
-Blog mentioned in Young Adult Literature Blogs list in Read, Remember, Recommend
-Blog Tour quoted in Publisher's Weekly Children's Bookshelf: Ron Koertge: Around the World, Virtually
-Blog Tour quoted on Practically Paradise blog at School Library Journal, Top Teen Titles #96-99
-Web Crush of the Week on Library Journal's Shelfrenewal Blog
Blog Love on Booklist's Book Group Buzz Blog

NOTE: The opinions and content of this blog are my own and are not that of my library system. My blog content is my own and not that of any committee or organization I'm involved in.


  1. Yea Sara! I found you right off the bat. (I'm in your SLIS class.) Congrats on a great blog site. How oh how did you get it out to so many followers?

    Good luck in the contest!

  2. hey, sara. :-) I was in your SLIS 5100 group last semester. I read your article in Voya and thought it was great. :-) Your blog is fantastic.

  3. Hi! I'm a book junkie, and I just discovered your blog about a week ago! I'm 15 and I noticed you read a lot of my favorite books. (Shiver, Anne of Green Gables, Hunger Games and Catching Fire, Hush Hush... etc) And I just want to recommend a really great book/series that I would love to hear what your review of it would be. It's called the Mortal Instrument Series and the first book is City of Bones. I know you've said you don't really like fantasies... but I didn't for a while either until I found these books. They're full of a whole lot of romance and humor! Not to mention some girl power from the main character Clary. And if you liked Patch from Hush, Hush you'll fall in love with Jace. His jokes are hilarious and highly quotable, and he is perfectly crush worthy. Anyways, I'd really love for you to review these books. :) Please and thank you!

    - Amanda

  4. Hi there! I came across this blog because Greenbean TeenQueen was my nickname as a teenager. My email for the longest time was greenbean1313. I have worked at a bookstore and a library. I also love YA fiction, so it works for that too!

  5. Hi there! I came across this blog because my nickname as a teen was Greenbean TeenQueen. My email for the longest time was greenbean1313. One of my friends even wrote me a poem with that title. I worked at a library and a bookstore. I also love reading YA fiction, so that works too!

  6. I've nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award :)

    For more info, please visit:

    Happy Blogging!

  7. Found your site via Literary Rambles! So glad I did! I look forward to reading it!


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