Search on SLJ.com ....
Subscribe to SLJ
Follow This Blog: RSS feed
Adult Books 4 Teens
Inside Adult Books 4 Teens

The Glass Demon

The Glass Demon

Helen Grant’s debut, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden was an Alex Award winner last year, and one of our own Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2010. (You can read the blog review here.) Needless to say, there has been a great deal of anticipation for her second novel, which does not (in the least!) disappoint. [...]

Jamrach’s Menagerie

Jamrach's Menagerie

British author Carol Birch’s extraordinary coming-of-age historical is among Christian Science Monitor‘s 11 Excellent Novels for Summer Reading, which includes a few others you will be seeing here over the next couple months – Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman, The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson and The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. The writing, story, setting [...]

Ten Thousand Saints

Ten Thousand Saints

The book trailer for Eleanor Henderson’s debut novel ends with these words: “They were young when new York was young. That’s how it felt. They’d never been more alive. Three kids, in a roiling, untamed city. But maybe that’s how everyone feels in the moment before they change forever.” Very teen, isn’t it? Alive and [...]

Paper Cutting: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft

Paper Cutting

Today we review a gorgeous book that introduces the best of paper cutting artistry today. This is not a how-to manual, but it may well inspire teens to take it up. If they do, they will find information, instruction and examples on the internet. In her introduction, Natalie Avella offers a piece on the current [...]

The Listener

The Listener

From guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: The European experience during World War II has inspired many excellent (as well as several lesser) graphic novels—including, of course, Art Spiegelman’s Maus. What David Lester provides, however, in The Listener stands as both unique and important to read in order to better understand the present, as well as the [...]

Sister

Sister

Rosamund Lupton’s debut is a novel of siblings. The sisters are 26 and 21, not so far beyond teen readers in years. The entire novel is a letter from the older sister to the younger, now deceased. The directness of the narrative voice will appeal to young adults. Also, as the review’s final sentence makes clear, this [...]

Robopocalypse

Robopocalypse

This is an exciting week for new releases. I’m kicking it off with what seems like a sure-fire blockbuster. After all, Dreamworks bought the movie rights before the novel was even finished, and Steven Spielberg signed on as director. It’s Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson, author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising (Bloomsbury, 2005) and [...]

Deadline (Newsflesh #2)

Deadline

The first in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, Feed, was the second book ever reviewed on this blog, back in October. Since then, Feed has been nominated for the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Novel (awarded by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy novel). The Newsflesh series webpage, on Grant’s site, [...]

The Tragedy of Arthur

The Tragedy of Arthur

Today’s guest blogger is Mark Flowers. I’m sure you’ve enjoyed his reviews here, which over the last several months have ranged from graphic novels to fiction to nonfiction: Does it matter if a Shakespearean play was written by William Shakespeare or by a 20th century conman?  Does the value of a piece of art change [...]

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice

This is the first in a new series by Harlequin author Andrea Kane, and much of the fun is the interaction between members of the Forensic Instincts, a team of private investigators. Did I mention that one of them is a dog? A retired FBI Victim Recovery dog, that is. You can learn more about [...]