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The Madonnas of Echo Park

The Madonnas of Echo Park

Brando Skyhorse was born and raised in Echo Park, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. Here he writes interconnected short stories mostly about the Mexican-Americans living and working in the neighborhood, opening up the community to his readers. Free Press also acquired the rights for the author’s next book, titled Things My Father Taught Me. Scheduled [...]

Juliet

Juliet

Being particularly fond of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation, Gounod’s opera (Romeo et Juliette), and Bernstein’s West Side Story, Anne Fortier’s Juliet was a must-read for me this year. Fortier has written an entertaining mix of historical fiction, romance, and treasure hunt (à la Da Vinci Code). For teens who [...]

The Wolves of Andover

The Wolves of Andover

The Heretic’s Daughter (Little, Brown, 2008) was Kathleen Kent’s debut novel. Set during the Salem Witch Trials, it centers on Martha Carrier and her 10-year-old daughter Sarah. The Wolves of Andover is a sort of prequel to The Heretic’s Daughter, and features Martha as a young woman. These books are fictional, of course, but the [...]

Poetry for Teens

White Egrets

Finding appealing poetry for teens is a challenge. Today we offer two very different possibilities. One from Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. The other for beginners. I also recommend taking a look at YALSA’s Outstanding Books for the College Bound lists. In particular, the 1999 list includes a long list of poetry.  This has a nice [...]

Secret Daughter

Secret Daughter

Secret Daughter, a debut novel, has slowly but steadily become an international hit this year. It landed at #2 on the Amazon Best Books of 2010 Customer Favorites list, second only to Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Gowda is Canadian, where her novel is especially popular. This November article tells the story [...]

Patricia McKillip

The Bards of Bone Plain

McKillip’s Alphabet of Thorn (Ace, 2004) is a personal favorite in the fantasy genre, so I am happy to learn that she has written another teen-friendly book. There are many enthusiastic fans of Juliet Marillier and Robin McKinley in my library; Alphabet of Thorn has been a good bet when they ask for further recommendations. [...]

Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2010

Many of you doubtless received the latest issue of School Library Journal and enjoyed the Best Books 2010 article, either online or in print. You probably missed the Adult Books for High School Students list. I always looked forward to that list myself. When this blog was created to fill the void left by the [...]

The Patterns of Paper Monsters

The Patterns of Paper Monsters

Today we have a coming of age, debut novel. This one stands out for its narrator, who despite a dark & angry point of view, charms the reader with his witty, smart turns of phrase and way of looking at the world. RATHBONE, Emma. The Patterns of Paper Monsters. 224p. Little, Brown. 2010. Tr $13.99. [...]

The Gold Rush, Best Books, and Street Lit

Crown of Dust

The New York Times announced its Ten Best Books of 2010 yesterday, and there are two books with teen appeal on the list: Room by Emma Donoghue and Cleopatra: a life by Stacy Schiff. Speaking of Best Books lists: The Early Word site compiles links to ALL of the Best Books of the Year lists — scroll [...]

Room

Room

Room has been a challenge for me, both writing the review and presenting the booktalk. First, let me be clear, I loved the book.  Like many other folks, I was hesitant to read it knowing the subject matter, but Jack won me over. It was all I could do not to peek ahead in the [...]