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Among the Wonderful

Among the Wonderful

Stacy Carlson’s debut novel is set in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum. I can’t introduce this book without mentioning another: The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade, 2009). Before I read it I knew next to nothing about the American Museum, and I cannot [...]

Darkness, My Old Friend

Darkness, My Old Friend

For her latest mystery, the consistently excellent Lisa Unger returns to The Hollows, the small town setting of Fragile, which we reviewed here last year. UNGER, Lisa. Darkness, My Old Friend. 368p. Crown. 2011. Tr $24. ISBN 978-0-307-46499-6. LC number unavailable.   Adult/High School–Unger’s follow up to Fragile (Crown, 2010) takes place in the same [...]

The Real Horror Lies Within

The Hidden

from graphic novel blogger Francisca Goldsmith: The appeal to many teen readers of horror as a genre is sometimes ascribed to many finding it relevant to the physical changes they undergo: increasing size and morphing body shapes taken to the extreme, new powers run amok.  This week’s reviewed graphic novels go far in pointing up [...]

The Revisionists

The Revisionists

In Thomas Mullen’s new thought-provoking novel of speculative fiction the government is trying to preserve a Perfect Present by going back in time to make sure the disasters of the past are not altered. But is the present really so perfect? The publisher description calls it “A fast-paced literary thriller that recalls dystopian classics such [...]

My Dyslexia

My Dyslexia

Philip Schultz was 58 when he learned he was dyslexic. It explained a lot about his life, and he now attributes his success at teaching poetry and writing to struggling with his disability. Schultz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Failure (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007). I must credit Ray Olson for pointing out a [...]

A Stolen Life

A Stolen Life

Jaycee Dugard’s memoir was an instant bestseller, and its teen appeal is obvious — Dugard was a teen for half of the time she was in captivity, and teens enjoy reading sensational, true stories. It is especially haunting that writing a bestselling book was on a list of goals she made while in captivity. Also [...]

Secrets of the Wolves

Secrets of the Wolves

Writing books from a wolf’s point of view isn’t easy, but that is Dorothy Hearst’s goal in her trilogy, The Wolf Chronicles. Hearst writes, “The biggest challenge was getting the level of anthropomorphism right. If I were to be completely accurate in depicting how a wolf perceives the world, the book would have been impenetrable for [...]

Hark! A Vagrant

Hark! A Vagrant

from graphic novel blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: While a true graphic novel presents a unified work, in sequential art format that runs through a sustained arc with a beginning, middle and end, related sequential art media can attract and maintain reader interest as well.  The comic strip, whether on the web or in paper form, has [...]

The Arrogant Years

The Arrogant Years

Lucette Lagnado’s new memoir about coming to the United States from Cairo has been garnering a lot of attention. The New York Times alone published two reviews: “Leaving Egypt, Finding Brooklyn” and “Pretty Girls, Seemingly Pursued by an Evil Eye”. In a way, Lagnado offers two coming-of-age memoirs in one, both her mother’s story and [...]

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

Maphead

Maphead is the perfect choice for teen map nerds, and it might just be charming enough for those with a more general interest in geography. As Ken Jennings points out, the National Geographic Bee has 5 million participants annually. 13,000 schools hold mini-bees every fall. Where some might questions the future of maps now that [...]