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Happy New Year!

Citizen You

How better to ring in 2011 than with a book focused on changing our world for the better? TISCH, Jonathan M. & Karl Weber. Citizen You: Doing Your Part to Change the World. 273p. Crown. May 2010. Tr $24. ISBN 978-0-307-58848-7. LC 2009053438.   Adult/High School–Tisch brings readers up to date on the many challenges [...]

The Alex Awards are coming!

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards are a highlight of the year for many librarians serving children and young adults. The winners of the ALSC and YALSA awards (including the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz) will be announced at a live ceremony during the ALA Midwinter conference in San Diego on Monday, January 10th. Of all [...]

A Thousand Cuts

A Thousand Cuts

A Thousand Cuts was one of the most powerful books I read in 2010. Still, I went back and forth on whether to recommend it here, wondering whether it might be too disturbing for young adults. Considering the number of books published over the last several years that address school shootings, many written for the [...]

How to Mellify a Corpse

How to Mellify a Corpse

Vicki León writes for both young adult and adult audiences, and is best known for her humorous Uppity Women and Outrageous Women series.  Her latest adult title is sure to please history and science readers of all ages who enjoy their nonfiction in short bites. A great title and colorful cover add to the appeal. LEÓN, Vicki. [...]

Swedish Imports

Handling the Undead

Looking forward to several hours of train travel on Christmas Day, I promised myself a mindless read. Nothing teen-related, nothing for a bookgroup. So I picked a Swedish mystery/thriller from my shelf. (Full disclosure: Last Christmas I bought my Dad a pile of Swedish mysteries to compliment his enjoyment of Stieg Larsson. I have since–surprise!–borrowed [...]

Wes Moore

The Other Wes Moore

As we reach the end of the year, I want to be sure to present reviews of books that should not be missed, that need to find their way into school and public library collections for teens. The Other Wes Moore is nonfiction that reads like a novel, a book that shows teenagers how much [...]

Broken Glass Park

Broken Glass Park

One of the joys of a blog like this one is the opportunity to draw attention to titles that might be overlooked in the crowd of books published every year. Today’s review of Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky highlights a first novel offered in translation from the German, published by Europa Editions. This coming-of-age immigration [...]

Vampires Past and Future

The Passage

A fun combination of past and present today. First, Dracula’s Guest, a compilation of stories and excerpts from the past, which nicely presage modern stories. Hand this one to young readers who enjoyed Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Even the original fans of Twilight, now older and reading more sophisticated literature, should be persuaded to take a look. [...]

The House on Durrow Street

The House on Durrow Street

Today’s book is the second in a series, which began with The Magicians and Mrs. Quent (Bantam, 2008). The first was not reviewed in SLJ, but found many fans over the last two years. While it was hailed (and marketed) as a debut novel, that was not quite true. Galen Beckett is a pseudonym for Mark [...]

Medical Adventures

The Dinosaur Hunter

Breakthrough is an historical medical adventure, made all the more appealing to teens because it was a young girl who participated in the experiment that lead to the discovery of insulin. Related books that might interest teens? Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside by Katrina Firlik (Random, [...]