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The Selected Canterbury Tales: A New Verse Translation

Selected Canterbury Tales

For librarians, teachers, students, and readers everywhere, a new translation of The Canterbury Tales is an event. Mark Flowers has written an extended review, which offers an overview of the options available and a clear idea of what makes this one different. As this is a selected collection, click over to the Norton website for [...]

The Illusion of Murder

The Illusion of Murder

Investigative journalist Nellie Bly joins the ranks of real-life characters out to solve mysteries in this historical, the sequel to Carol McCleary’s debut novel, The Alchemy of Murder (Forge, 2010). I do love the publisher description of her first book: “Nellie Bly…teams up with science fiction genius Jules Verne, the notorious wit and outrageous rogue Oscar [...]

The Bird Sisters

The Bird Sisters

Novels set in rural America are hardly ubiquitous in YA literature. Between dystopian trilogies, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and Gossip Girls readalikes, sometimes I wonder if we are leaving the real world behind. This debut is set in rural Wisconsin, in the not too distant past. As Connie’s review makes clear, The Bird Sisters is [...]

After the Golden Age

After the Golden Age

Carrie Vaughn’s new superhero novel is the epitome of teen appeal — just plain fun. If you want to give it a try, the first chapter is available on the author’s website. I expect teens will enjoy the game of picking out references to genre titles and characters. It reminds me of John Connolly’s Alex Award-winning The Book [...]

A Red Herring Without Mustard

A Red Herring Without Mustard

Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series stands out for the author’s ability to make each new book at least as good as the one before. I find it interesting that the Barnes & Noble review categorizes this book as Young Adult Fiction. The author of the review recognizes that the series is tricky to label, that [...]

Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Tablet & Pen

This is a Words without Borders publication. Words without Borders “translates, publishes, and promotes contemporary international literature.” Every month they publish an online magazine. They also partner with publishers to release print anthologies, of which this is one. Tablet & Pen is quite a thick & heavy tome, and may appear intimidating to teen readers. But [...]

Street Knowledge

Street Knowledge

I am not going to pretend to know about urban street culture beyond what I observe simply living in New York City, but I can add to the review below by emphasizing that Street Knowledge is an incredibly handsome book. The cover is thick and multi-dimensional, the title a cutout. It is printed on quality [...]

The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead

The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead

Paul Elwork’s debut novel is loosely based on the Fox sisters, three late 19th-century women who contributed to the beginning of the spiritualism movement. Here the hoax is perpetrated by two young teenagers who, like the Fox sisters, use rappings to fool their “clients” into believing in communications from the dead. A spooky novel of [...]

Night Road

Night Road

According to Kristin Hannah, Night Road was inspired by her son’s senior year of high school (see her blog for more in her own words). If so, that must have been a year rife with anxiety! The reader is privy to two primary perspectives, one adult, one teen, leading up to and recovering from a tragic [...]

Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels

Ardency

Happy National Poetry Month! I am excited to kick it off with a review of Kevin Young’s Ardency, a fascinating way to discover, explore, and contemplate the Amistad incident. Imagine what a high school student might take away from this literary treatment compared to reading a page or two in a history book. Here, layers [...]