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Townie

Townie

In January I had the opportunity to attend the ALA Midwinter Sunrise Speaker Series program featuring Andre Dubus III reading from and talking about writing his memoir, Townie. I did take notes, but what has stuck with me is the fact that writing literally saved his life. Dubus realized while working on this book the [...]

The Nature of Teen Appeal

As most of you know, this is a unique blog. We only review books published for the adult market, and only those that have potential appeal to teen readers. On top of that, we only publish positive reviews. This can be a challenge. I am writing this post in response to three things: First, a [...]

Haunted Legends

Haunted Legends

Last week I reviewed Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories, a collection edited by John Joseph Adams. Haunted Legends is a collection of short stories based on ghostly legends from around the world, compiled by another renowned editor, Ellen Datlow. Datlow has won Hugo Awards for Best Professional Editor and for Best Short Form Editor. She [...]

The Lost Gate

Lost Gate

Orson Scott Card’s new coming-of-age fantasy is the first in the Mither Mages series. Consensus seems to be that it successfully stands on its own as well. Before getting to that review, I wanted to mention that the Nebula Award nominations were announced yesterday. Two of our Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2010 were included [...]

I Beat the Odds

I Beat the Odds

I vividly remember complaining loudly about having to read a football book during Thanksgiving vacation, 2006.  I was on the Alex Awards committee, and Michael Lewis’s The Blind Side (Norton, 2006) had just been nominated. I dragged it to my parent’s house, thinking I would leave it for my father or brother when when I was [...]

Skippy Dies

Skippy Dies

Skippy Dies found itself on many best books of the year lists in 2010, including the New York Times and Washington Post. Among ALA publications and awards it was chosen for the Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books 2010 and the Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults 2010, and an Alex Award nomination.  Both Barnes and [...]

The Pledge

The Pledge

Jones & Meyer, in a concise, fascinating history, bring the reader up to speed on the history of the pledge of allegiance. Considering that most teenagers have said the pledge more times than they can count, it may well be fascinating to them, too. This volume will also be useful for research projects involving the legal [...]

Brave New Worlds

Brave New Worlds

John Joseph Adams is the editor of several excellent anthologies for Night Shade Books. For example, I have enjoyed The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2009), and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (2008), and there is no reason why teens would not enjoy them too. He has also put together two popular collections of zombie [...]

History of a Suicide

History of a Suicide

The aftermath of suicide is difficult to imagine, let alone address. Yet YA literature has not shied away from the topic. Two very popular YA books that address it directly come immediately to mind: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Looking for Alaska by John Green. In her memoir, released today, Bialosky succeeds in writing beautifully [...]

Never in My Wildest Dreams

Never in My Wildest Dreams

Today’s book is an engaging memoir that includes not only a fascinating childhood and coming-of-age in the deep south and the Oakland projects, but also involvement in some of the most important happenings of the mid-20th century. Davis writes like she is talking to a friend; her voice is a highlight of the book. But [...]