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The October Killings

The October Killings

Wessel Ebersohn writes thrillers that illuminate the society and culture of South Africa. The October Killings is his first book based in the new, post-apartheid South Africa. The October Killings also marks the first appearance of character Abigail Bukula, who will be central to a continuing series of novels. Her partner in this novel, Yudel [...]

Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone

Curveball

Known as the “female Jackie Robinson,” Toni Stone played baseball from 1932 to 1954, defying both racial and gender barriers. She didn’t just play, she played with and as one of the best. For teens, this will hit home as not only a sports story, but also as the story of a young girl who [...]

The Lover’s Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary

YA author and editor David Levithan published his first adult novel last month. David’s books generally appeal to both teens and adults, and certainly the same will be true of The Lover’s Dictionary. In this case, the need for categorization feels overly… fussy. But there it is — this is his first adult book with [...]

The Distant Hours

Distant Hours

Gothic mysteries from Jane Eyre to Rebecca to Diane Setterfield’s Alex Award-winning The Thirteenth Tale are popular with teen readers who enjoy mystery, suspense, romance, and a touch of horror or the supernatural. One of my favorites, which also has teen appeal, is John Harwood’s The Ghost Writer (Houghton Mifflin, 2004). It is a layered, spooky ghost [...]

The Red Garden

The Red Garden

Long-time favorite Alice Hoffman has a new book out today. Like The Probable Future (Doubleday, 2003) and Blackbird House (Doubleday, 2004), The Red Garden is a group of interconnected stories, this time set in rural Massachusetts from colonial times to the present. Many teens have already discovered Alice Hoffman through her YA titles, Green Angel (Scholastic, 2003) [...]

Little Princes

Little Princes

Back in late October when I first read Little Princes by Conor Grennan, I raved about it here briefly. Now that it is finally available (tomorrow is the official release day!), I want to add that this inspiring book should be in every school and public library. I do not say that often or lightly. [...]

Shakespeare Undead

Shakespeare Undead

It is 1592, and zombies have overtaken London. Who better to stop the undead than Shakespeare? And oh yes, Shakespeare is himself a vampire because, really, how could anyone write so many great works in one lifetime? HANDELAND, Lori. Shakespeare Undead. 320p. St. Martin’s/Griffin. 2010. Tr $13.99. ISBN 978-0-312-64152-8. LC 2010014437. Adult/High School–Sure, this is [...]

Among Others

Among Others

I have been looking forward to introducing Jo Walton’s Among Others. It is a glorious book, and not only because it is a celebration of books and readers and libraries and librarians. The dedication: “This is for all of the libraries in the world, and the librarians who sit there day after day lending books [...]

Beautiful Malice and the Edgar Awards

Beautiful Malice

The 2011 Edgar Award nominees, honoring the best in mystery writing, were announced today. I was happy to see The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton on the shortlist for Best Novel. If you know mature teens who are true mystery fans, a few of the other best novel nominees might be good suggestions. In fact, most [...]

Booklist Editors’ Choice

The Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2010 is now available online. This list offers several choices not found on either the Alex Awards list, or our own Best Adult Books 4 Teens list. These three lists are usually quite different. I assume that to be a function of the vast numbers of [...]