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The Talk-Funny Girl

The Talk-Funny Girl

Roland Merullo’s latest novel is far from your typical coming-of-age novel. Consider the conclusion of Carolyn See’s Washington Post review, “But this isn’t just another story about an unfortunate girl escaping terrible circumstances or a gothic mystery about missing children, and it’s even better than I can make it sound. Set as it is in New [...]

Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice

Patriot Acts

It is striking how few adult novels with teen appeal exist that incorporate the events of 9/11. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (HMH, 2005) is the most well-known, and The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard (St. Martin’s, 2003) won a place on YALSA’s 2004 BBYA Top Ten list. The Terrorist by John Updike (Knopf, 2006) [...]

Light from a Distant Star

Light from a Distant Star

Mary McGarry Morris’s latest is a coming of age novel set in a small New England town. Morris is perhaps best known for Songs in Ordinary Time (Viking, 1995), which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 1997. It too includes a young teen afraid to tell the dark truth about an adult in his life. (Although [...]

The Women of the Cousins’ War

The Women of the Cousins' War

I’m sure we are all familiar with Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction, which is very popular with teens and especially with girls. The Other Boleyn Girl (Touchstone, 2001) and sequels are still her most popular books in my library. The Women of the Cousins’ War is Gregory’s first nonfiction title. It all began when she realized [...]

The Magician King

The Magician King

The Magicians won Lev Grossman both the Alex Award and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. While this sequel may not be as perfectly attuned to teen readers, his fans will hardly mind. By the way, when it comes to books with teen appeal, the John W. Campbell Award is a good [...]

Sanctus

Sanctus

Move over Dan Brown, Simon Toyne has arrived! You have to love a novel where a major plot point hinges on apple seeds found in the stomach of a corpse. Not just apple seeds, but apple seeds inscribed with a message. (How does that work, exactly? Doesn’t it make you curious??)  And not just a [...]

Anarchists all?

Sacco and Vanzetti

From graphic novel blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: This week’s gn reviews are both nonfiction providing facts as well as opinions about some iconic characters.  While sequential art can be a better or worse way of recounting straightforward biography, both science and trial law are particularly well suited to the medium. Throw in the fact that both [...]

Missing: A Memoir

Missing

This brave memoir from a young first author is, in its own way, a coming of age story. Harrison was forced to come of age under the most painful of circumstances. Missing was named one of the top ten memoirs for fall by Publishers Weekly. HARRISON, Lindsay. Missing: A Memoir. 223p. Scribner. 2011. Tr $25. [...]

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

Diana Abu-Jaber’s latest novel is a family drama centered on a teen runaway. Abu-Jaber is known for exceptional writing and strong settings — in this case, Miami. Teen readers will be drawn in by the mystery surrounding the reasons behind Felice’s decision to run away. A review in the September issues of Elle emphasizes the teen [...]

Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones

Mere days after Hurricane Irene swept up the east coast, Jesmyn Ward takes us back to Hurricane Katrina. The Paris Review published an interview with the author earlier this week, covering everything from the author’s experiences during Katrina, which impelled her to write Salvage the Bones, the novel’s links to mythology and poetry, and current [...]