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Graveminder

Graveminder

One of the BookExpo experiences I haven’t written about yet was a program titled YA-to-Adult: An Author Perspective, featuring authors Melissa de la Cruz, Ellen Hopkins and Melissa Marr, moderated by Cathy Berner of Blue Willow Bookshop. All three popular YA authors have an adult book coming out this year. Graveminder by Melissa Marr was [...]

Alice Bliss

Alice Bliss

Laura Harrington’s debut novel makes a powerful anti-war statement, while being entirely supportive of the families personally involved. Alice Bliss is a teenager whose world is turned upside down when her father’s army reserve unit is called up for active duty in Iraq. I will admit that there came a point when I had to put [...]

BookExpo Summary

The Orchard

BookExpo can be an overwhelming experience. This year was no exception. In summarizing it here, my plan is to limit myself to adult books with potential teen appeal and their authors. Apologies to all of the wonderful YA and Adult authors and titles that will not be mentioned here. Overall, I was impressed by how [...]

Unlikely Brothers

Unlikely Brothers

John Prendergast and Michael Mattocks relate their very different, but connected, experiences in this joint memoir. Prendergast wrote a Huffington Post article to explain his hopes for the book, including increased awareness of the issues around which he co-founded the Enough Project, which works to “end genocide and crimes against humanity” in Sudan, eastern Congo, [...]

Horoscopes for the Dead & Poets House

Horoscopes for the Dead

Today’s guest blogger is Karlan Sick. Karlan and I served together on the Alex Awards committee for four years, and Karlan was always determined to find a book of poetry for the list. She introduced me to Poets House. At least once a summer, we would meet there and spend hours reading through potential collections, [...]

Don’t Breathe a Word

Don't Breathe a Word

Today a review of Jennifer McMahon’s new paperback original. I quite enjoyed her 2007 coming-of-age novel, Promise Not to Tell (Harper), so I was happy to see that this one also has teen potential. Both novels will appeal to teens who enjoy a good, creepy mystery. MCMAHON, Jennifer. Don’t Breathe a Word. 464p. Harper. 2011. [...]

Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow

Tayari Jones’ new coming-of-age novel is a natural for teen readers. Although Silver Sparrow releases tomorrow, it has already garnered lots of attention, including an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered and the top spot on the June Indie Next List. Greenlight Books in Brooklyn is holding a launch party on Wednesday evening, in the middle [...]

BookExpo Preview

For me, BookExpo signals the nearing end of the school year, and the approach of ALA Annual. Unlike ALA, BEA is all about books, all the time. I thought it would be fun to share my personal preview of the week. First, the books I have my eye on with Adult for YA potential, in [...]

Ghetto Plainsman

Ghetto Plainsman

Here on the AB4T blog, we provide timely reviews of new books. But I have also opened up the blog to the reviewers to write about a relevant topic or book outside those guidelines. Amy Cheney is a librarian at the Alameda County Library Juvenile Justice Center in California. She is particularly interested in marginalized [...]

Deathless

Deathless

Catherynne Valente is well-known among fantasy fans as a true storyteller. In Deathless, she borrows generously from Russian folklore, and especially the figures of Baba Yaga and Koschei the Deathless. This is the way Valente describes the book in her blog post of March 29, the day it was published: “There is so much love in [...]