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Group Dynamics, Or Every Dog Has Her (His) Day


from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Among the modern classics teens are set to read as school texts, George Orwell’s Animal Farm resonates with most without rankling. Classrooms across the nation tear the text apart and readers across the nation feel rightfully bright and smug that they get this clever fable, that they have […]

Thanksgiving Booktalks

First, I would like to alert you all to an SLJ Best Books Twitter Party this afternoon, 4-5pm EST. The hashtag is #SLJBB11. I’ll be there — looking forward to sharing a few sneak peeks at our best of the year list! Now, on to the business of the day. I am excited to share […]

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys for Immigrant Teens

The New Kids

Brooke Hauser has written for several major publications, including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. The New Kids is her first book. Hauser spent a year at the International High School in Brooklyn getting to know the students from day one, learning about their (for some) harrowing journeys to the United States, […]



from guest blogger, John Sexton: As a reader, I am always looking for that “wow” factor, something in a book that knocks me from the perch of expectation and into a new reading experience that entertains and moves me or presents a new perspective on the familiar.  I have encountered perhaps a couple of dozen […]

Heart of Iron: My Journey from Transplant Patient to Ironman Triathlete

Heart of Iron

Kyle Garlett is the first man to complete the Ironman World Championship with a donor heart. Teens will be amazed by his story, from his initial cancer diagnosis at age 18 through to the present, which he relates with humor and optimism. For more about Kyle, try a few of the media links on his […]

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

Caroline Preston’s beautiful novel is in the format of a scrapbook full of 1920s ephemera. Not only is every page a colorful, dynamic collage of historical artifacts, but the paper is wonderful. While I’m sure this would be fun in an Ebook format too, turning each luxuriously heavy page is an experience not to be […]

What Do the Teens Think?

With the latest entry in our series of teen opinions, welcome guest blogger Jess deCourcy Hinds: This fall, my teen library patrons and I discovered a new literary phenomenon: the Quiet Book in Disguise. The Quiet Book in Disguise masquerades as a dramatic, high-concept title, but its actual execution is subtle, slow and cerebral. My […]

Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story

Poster Child

Today’s review is for a self-published, high-appeal personal story. Kemba Smith went from college student to drug dealer’s girlfriend to federal prison. Now she is determined to use her experiences to teach others. As stated in her bio, Kemba’s story has been featured on CNN, Nightline, “Judge Hatchett,” Court TV, “The Early Morning Show,” and […]

A Most Suitable Design

The Adventures of Herge

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: The biography of Tintin’s creator under review below is not, although sharing a similar title, to be confused with the 2008 coffee table style presentation of the artist and his characters. Instead, this translation of a somewhat older French study serves as a contemplative vehicle as well as […]

Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense

Ghosts by Gaslight

This exemplary collection includes stories by Garth Nix, Peter Beagle and Margo Lanagan, authors that teens will recognize. Check out this “Browse Inside” from HarperCollins for a full list of contents and a few full stories. Browse Inside this book Get this for your site DANN, Jack & Nick Gevers, eds. Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk […]