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Buried Secrets

Buried Secrets

Are you claustrophobic?  If so, you might think twice about reading the latest from Joseph Finder — or maybe it will thrill you all the more. Buried Secrets is the second Nick Heller novel, after Vanished (St. Martin’s, 2009). This is Finder’s first attempt at a series, something he avoided for a long time. For [...]

Sailor Twain or, The Mermaid on the Hudson

Sailor Twain

From guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Web comics take a variety of forms, some requiring applications like Flash to make them accessible to online readers.  Among those that demand nothing more than an Internet connection and an eager reader, Mark Siegel’s Sailor Twain or, The Mermaid of the Hudson is a standout graphic novel in the [...]

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

With good old-fashioned storytelling, Jenny Wingfield sets up a classic struggle between good and evil in small town Arkansas. Homecoming has been widely compared to To Kill a Mockingbird, and its young protagonist, Swan, to Scout Finch. High praise! Although this is Wingfield’s debut novel, she is an experienced screenwriter, best known for “The Man in the Moon” [...]

In Zanesville

In Zanesville

It is always challenging to judge teen appeal when a book is set in the not-too-distant past. In this case, at least we aren’t dealing with an adult narrator looking back on her teen years, which is often deadly when it comes to appeal. Rather, Jo Ann Beard writes about teens living in the 1970s. [...]

7th Sigma

7th Sigma

Steven Gould is best known for his novel Jumper (Tor, 1992), which was later made into a movie starring Hayden Christensen. Like 7th Sigma, Jumper features a teenager and was marketed to an adult audience. 7th Sigma is a science fiction adventure story that combines a number of teen interests. Cory Doctorow’s blurb says it best, [...]

Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy

Naked City

Naomi Novik, Melissa Marr, Peter S. Beagle, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Holly Black, even an Alex Award-winner — Kit Reed (Thinner than Thou, 2005). All authors that teen fantasy readers know and love, all represented in this story collection. I find that when a teenager becomes obsessed with a certain author, he or she often [...]

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s new coming-of-age novel follows her short story collection, American Salvage (Wayne State University Press, 2009), which was shortlisted for the National Book Award two years ago. Set in 1970s rural Michigan, Once Upon a River is about a crucial period in the life of teenager Margo Crane. First, I wanted to share just how much [...]

World of Geekcraft

World of Geekcraft

Susan Beal is well-known in the craft world, and is the author of five books. She is active at craft events and online, writer of the popular blog West Coast Crafty. Beal has also created a blog for this book specifically — the World of Geekcraft includes photographs of people making her designs, including what appear to [...]