What’s In My Ear: The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


Well, this time I’ve gone and outdone myself. I’ve uglied myself up. I know what you’re thinking; That won’t be too durn hard Pammy Pam! And I suppose you’re right! Whey have I gone and uglied myself up? In honor of The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld! There’s a reason this book is often on the Required Reading list during the summer. There are many powerful lessons within the book if you want to explore them further. So, in a world {Read More}

Wind Catcher by Jeff and Erynn Altabef, A Novel Publicity Tour

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Wind Catcher is my new fave book!     Have I got a great YA fantasy novel for you. Let’s make this book count toward diversity because the heroine is Native American! Many thanks to Novel Publicity Tour for sending me this great book.

Blogging from A to Z Theme Reveal Party


Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Theme Reveal Party! Today is the day we announce what our theme is for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. My theme? DIVERSITY! Every book I will highlight will have a diverse or multicultural hero as a main or first tier supporting role. The additional punch? Look closer at the pic. Look at the books. Can you guess? They are books for kids! Mostly middle grade if I can find {Read More}

What’s In My Ear: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz


First let me add that while I’m thoroughly LOVEING Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, this book is not INTENDED FOR TEENS. To be sure, your teen may enjoy it, may love it but there is alot of racial language, sex, and violence. But that aside, it is an extremely well written and thought provoking tale of poor (as in pitiful) Dominican nerd Oscar. I can’t wait to finish it and share it with you!

Inked by Eric Smith and a Tattoo Party!


Let’s get INKED!!   You know how art imitates life and how sometimes life imitates art? What’s up with that? Well I was thinking the other day, and I hit on a truth. My revelation was inspired by reading Inked. Here’s a blurb from the book: And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just {Read More}

Interview with Mary Pauline Lowry author of Wildfire


You may remember last week I reviewed my bestie Mary Pauline Lowry‘s (heretofore MPL) latest book Wildfire. It’s a kick ass book about a female firefighter and it rocks. Hard. I managed to wrestle and best MPL long enough to force her to answer some questions. UNCONVENTIONAL LIBRARIAN:  Welcome to our interview! Let’s get started. Do you drink coffee? MPL: I drink a ridiculous amount of coffee. Let’s just say it helps me through my day. UL.  Samesies. I’d fall asleep {Read More}

My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

Oh I love stories in which animals outsmart other animals. And My Lucky Day is no different. Check it out! Isn’t that fun? My littles used to love ending! What’s your fave book about an animal outsmarting another animal?

Molly Pepper and the Night Train by Courtney King Walker


I’m so excited to take part in Courtney King Walker’s Release Day Launch for MOLLY PEPPER AND THE NIGHT TRAIN! Check out the book below and be sure to enter the amazing giveaway! Hidden somewhere in the fog of the San Francisco bay lies Blue Rock Island, home to the bay area’s two best-kept secrets: Bell’s Bluff, the old, abandoned prison on one side of the island, and the Night Train, a mysterious train ride on the other. When twelve-year-old {Read More}

Skippyjon Jones: Snow What by Judy Schachner

Skippyjon Jones

If you’ve been around here a time or two you’ll know that I love Skippyjon Jones! He’s this little tiny kitty cat who thinks he’s a Spanish speaking chihuahua. The antics are ridiculously silly which I love. Kids love it too. I love the story so much I wanted to share it with you. My voices aren’t as colorful as I’d like but you can sure see that I love the story. I hope you enjoy the story as much {Read More}

Wildfire Mary Pauline Lowry


I love when I find an author who writes strong female characters. Who doesn’t love strong girls who follow their minds, don’t let anyone boss them around and have their own adventures? That’s why I love me some Mary Pauline Lowry.  Our shared hometown of Austin and our love of grrrl power makes us kindred spirits. Mary’s latest book is Wildfire and I loved it so much I made a video. Check it out. What you won’t find in Mary’s {Read More}