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The Edgar Awards

Very excited to hear that Steve Hamilton won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel last night.   I reviewed The Lock Artist here last year, and it was a popular booktalk in my library this spring. The story has all kinds of teen appeal. It even won an Alex Award. Hamilton was up against [...]

Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking

Trash to Treasure Papermaking

“Arnold Grummer has been making paper for more than 30 years, first as a faculty member of the Institute of Paper Chemistry, then as curator of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum, and currently as the President of Greg Markim Inc. He has written four books and dozens of articles on paper science and paper crafting. [...]

Touch

Touch

You may have noticed that I am reading and reviewing the work of more than my share of debut authors this year. This is partly because I was asked to publish an interview with a debut author every other month in the SLJ Teen newsletter, in conjunction with a review on this blog. In case you [...]

The Soul Mirror

Soul Mirror

Today we have a post by our very first guest blogger! I have invited the AB4T reviewers to write a blog post themselves, and Karyn Silverman is the first to take me up on the offer.  Enjoy! from Karyn: The Soul Mirror, acclaimed and award winning author Carol Berg’s latest, does something bold and unexpected. It’s [...]

Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption

Ice

Perhaps posting a review of this book will be somewhat controversial, given the language and topics involve. However, if we’re talking teen appeal there are plenty of readers who will be fascinated by both the criminal and celebrity lifestyles depicted. Tracy Morrow’s path from thief to Grammy-winning rapper musician to television and movie actor is a unique [...]

Thin Kimono

Thin Kimono

Here we are , over halfway through National Poetry Month. I look forward to posting poetry reviews here regularly in the future, once or twice a month. We’ve enjoyed a good run of once a week during the month of April, with one week to go! Enjoy this playful, fun collection, quite accessible for younger [...]

Kiss Me, Stranger

Kiss Me, Stranger

Today for something a little different. A short, illustrated, dark-humored novel about surviving a civil war, illustrated by the author, Ron Tanner. Let’s briefly peer behind the curtain. I assign books to each reviewer, usually mailing two at a time. I try to mail one “sure thing” and one…experiment. Something that has potential but could [...]

Bent Road

Bent Road

Lori Roy’s new “literary suspense” novel, noteworthy for its midwestern setting and gothic sensibility, has garnered rave reviews all around. This is probably not one that teens will find on their own, so point it out it to readers who love a good, creepy mystery. ROY, Lori. Bent Road. 358p. Dutton. 2011. Tr $25.95. ISBN 978-0-525-95183-4. [...]

The Irish Princess

The Irish Princess

The prolific Karen Harper has written the perfect historical thriller to satisfy teen fans of the genre, in which a determined young Irish heroine finds herself navigating the intrigues of Henry VIII’s court. I enjoyed the author’s historical page, especially the comparison between a possible portrait of her heroine, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, and the book’s cover [...]

13, rue Thérèse

13 Rue Therese

The physical creativity and puzzle-like construction of Elena Mauli Shapiro’s debut novel will pique teen interest, as will the embedded QR codes, which enhance the reading experience with online music, food (recipes), maps and 3-D images. Check out the book’s website to view selected “artifacts.” Interesting to consider what a similar book will look like in a [...]