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The Kingdom of Childhood

The Kingdom of Childhood

Rebecca Coleman confronts the controversial, uncomfortable subject of an affair between a student and teacher in her debut novel. Among nearly 200 debuts listed by Library Journal‘s “First Novels: Fall Fundamentals” by Barbara Hoffert and Meaghan Curran, this is one of only 17 honored with a star. The original LJ review recommended The Kingdom of Childhood to [...]

The Dolphin in the Mirror

Dolphin in the Mirror

Teen animal-lovers will flock to share Diana Reiss’s passion for dolphins. Show them the Dolphin and the Mirror Experiment on YouTube, and watch the dolphins realize that they are looking at a reflection of themselves. Reiss is currently the director of Dolphin Research at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and was an adviser on the [...]

Meta: a good home for the teen mind

Metamaus

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: Adolescent development entails huge leaps in how the nervous system and brain are able to process and work with input. Depth perception improves, abstract thinking skills become increasingly refined, and maturing teens are able to consider how facts and circumstances influence each other.  If ever there were a [...]

If Jack’s in Love

If Jack's in Love

Stephen Wetta’s quirky debut novel is a natural for teens. Jack is such a fish-out-of-water in his small Virginia town, wishing his father and brother would stop living up to every bad thing ever said about them, yearning for the lovely Myra Joyner. Even the fact that the story is told by an adult Jack [...]

Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Jonathan Maberry, author of popular YA novels Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay (both Simon & Schuster, 2010 & 2011 respectively), is out with a new adult zombie novel this week. Maberry debuted Dead of Night as a special guest at ZomBcom 2011 this weekend. You may also know Maberry for his Joe Ledger novels, [...]

All Men of Genius

All Men of Genius

You know you’ve discovered Adult-Books-4-Teens gold when an author takes the time to assure readers that he has not written a YA novel. Lev AC Rosen posted the following note on his website homepage: “Note from the author: A lot of people who have approached me or emailed me about the book seem to be working [...]

The Most Dangerous Thing

The Most Dangerous Thing

I had the chance to meet Laura Lippman briefly at ALA last summer, and she spoke about the fact that this is the first book she has set in Dickeyville, the part of Baltimore that she knows best, the corner of the city in which she grew up. As a child, she and her friends played [...]

Persepolis’ Polish Counterpart

Marzi

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Marjane Satrapi’s memoir depicting her girlhood in a changing Iran, during the 1970’s, is already a sequential art classic: relevant to readers who have and haven’t shared the kinds of emotional hardships and wonders of which she speaks, accessible across generations, and providing a story that has that [...]

National Book Awards & AB4T Best of the Year

No, not the Young People’s Literature category. Many, many others have done a great job of writing about those unfortunate events. I would like to take a brief look at the NBA Fiction finalists. They are (from the NBA website): Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn (Bellevue Literary Press) Tea Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife (Random House) Julie [...]

The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding

Certainly one of the most buzzed-about books of the fall, Chad Harbach’s debut is a generous old-fashioned novel of baseball and literature at a small Wisconsin college. Diane’s review really says it all as far as teen appeal goes, so I will leave it to her. Variety reports that The Art of Fielding has been [...]