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The Price of Stones

The Price of Stones

Although The Price of Stones was released last summer, I did not want to miss posting a review. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri continues to speak around the country about the founding of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans School, as his website attests. He emphasizes the difference that one person can make, a powerful message for active, aware teens. KAGURI, [...]

The Instant Physicist

The Instant Physicist

Richard Muller is a professor of physics at Berkeley, where he teaches a course titled “Physics for Future Presidents.”  That is also the title of his 2008 book, Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines (Norton). Muller has a great sense of humor and fun, which shines through in his latest, The Instant [...]

Salvation City and literary fiction

Salvation City

One of the programs I attended at Midwinter last weekend was the ALA/ERT Booklist Author Forum Literary Fiction Panel, moderated by Brad Hooper of Booklist, featuring authors Susan Vreeland, David Levithan, Stewart O’Nan, and Armistead Maupin. I always enjoy the Friday Booklist Forums at ALA Conferences. This time I was particularly interested because Susan Vreeland’s [...]

Lipstick in Afghanistan

Lipstick in Afghanistan

Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately joins a growing number of books set in Afghanistan, both fiction and nonfiction. While I would not compare Lipstick in Afghanistan to The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, I do believe that the same readers might enjoy it. This is a lighter treatment of the troubles in Afghanistan, from the [...]

The 2011 Alex Awards

I am home from ALA Midwinter with plenty to share. I was hoping to blog along the way, but it was a busy, busy conference. Never fear, I took plenty of notes. I also learned about several promising upcoming titles along the way, so I look forward to sharing the pre-pub excitement here, once those [...]

Steampunk

Dreadnought

Cherie Priest’s first Clockwork Century novel, Boneshaker (Tor, 2009) won the 2010 Locus Award for Best SF Novel and was nominated for both the Nebula and the Hugo. If you are looking for a review, check out this one by Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing. Today’s book, Dreadnought, is the second novel in her steampunk Clockwork Century [...]

The Sherlockian

The Sherlockian

I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoyed the recent BBC version of Sherlock Holmes, aired by PBS Masterpiece Mystery in the fall. The series was a great conversation piece with students in my library, once I told them about it. (No, I don’t think most teens follow Masterpiece Mystery as a rule!) Their middle [...]

Teen Review, Seer of Sevenwaters

Seer of Sevenwaters

Today, something a little different. When Juliet Marillier’s Seer of Sevenwaters arrived for possible review, I could not find a librarian reviewer who had read all of the previous installments in the series. (I don’t know about you, but I tend to read the first two in a series, and as long as the reviews [...]

The Sonderberg Case

The Sonderberg Case

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel has published over 50 books. His latest is a slim volume, but within its pages he raises multiple philosophical and ethical questions. Is it one to recommend to the many teens who have read Night? WIESEL, Elie. The Sonderberg Case: A Novel. tr. from French by Catherine Temerson. 192p. Knopf. 2010. [...]