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Retribution Falls and The Black Lung Captain

Retribution Falls

from guest blogger, Karyn Silverman: There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Chris Wooding. Perhaps you’re familiar with his gritty realistic YA titles, Crashing and Kerosene, published in the U.S. under Scholastic’s Push imprint—the first when he was just 19. Or maybe you’ve read one of his fantasies: The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray and Poison [...]

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

When her parents split, Blessing is moved from the comforts of a modern apartment complex to a poor rural village in the Niger Delta. The American teens we serve are certainly familiar with changes of circumstance – often due to parents who divorce, lose jobs or relocate. Blessing experiences all of those changes in one [...]

The Little Women Letters

The Little Women Letters

This novel has an interesting genesis. British editor Lydia Newhouse had the idea of writing about Jo March’s great-great granddaughters, combining their stories with found original letters by Jo. Gabrielle Donnelly won the commission to write the novel. Her author website, and particularly an interview in the About section, covers her love of the original [...]

The Heart Specialist

The Heart Specialist

Claire Holden Rothman’s debut novel was a bestseller in Canada, where it was originally published in 2009. I am excited to post this review because The Heart Specialist has not received the attention it deserves, and it is not a book that necessarily screams teen appeal from its description or cover. But this is a story [...]

Killing Velazquez

Killing Velazquez

From guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: There is a sweet and accessible aesthetic shared by a small contemporary cadre of French Canadian cartoonists that allows them to present difficult and realistic stories sweetly rounded by genuinely light moments and almost childlike visual appeal. Philippe Girard, a Quebecois cartoonist who first saw publication nearly 35 years ago, [...]

Witches of East End

Witches of East End

I wrote a bit about the BookExpo “YA to Adult Panel” a few weeks ago when we reviewed Graveminder by Melissa Marr. Today, we review the first adult book by another YA author, Melissa de la Cruz. In answer to the question of why she decided to write an adult novel, de la Cruz answered [...]

Best Books of the Year so far, 2011

Why wait until the end of the year? With ALA Annual approaching, where we all begin to look forward to fall books, this is a good time to look back at the best of the best of the year so far. Each blog reviewer was asked to choose up to 3. We aimed (as always) [...]

The Uncertain Places

The Uncertain Places

Lisa Goldstein’s new, long-awaited fantasy brings to mind Grimm’s Fairy Tales. More than one popular YA author gives The Uncertain Places a rave: Charles de Lint offers a perceptive, longer-than-we-are-permitted review here (scroll to the bottom of the page).  And Cory Doctorow writes about it on Boing Boing. Ron Hogan of Shelf Awareness wisely recommends giving this [...]

ALA Preview

ALA can be overwhelming — the variety of programs and exhibit booths, author signings and the sheer number of people! I thought it would be fun, and maybe helpful, to come up with a short-list of author events in New Orleans that are relevant to this blog’s focus: adult books with appeal to teen readers. [...]

The Girl in the Garden

The Girl in the Garden

Kamala Nair’s first novel was inspired by a trip to the tiny village in India where her father grew up. Nair describes her novel as a dark fairy tale, combined with a coming-of-age. Perfect choice for a teen summer read. NAIR, Kamala. The Girl in the Garden: A Novel. 305p. Grand Central. 2011. Tr $24.99. [...]