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A Train in Winter

A Train in Winter

Caroline Moorehead builds her extraordinary narrative about 230 women who participated in the French resistance during World War II by weaving together first-person accounts from interviews, diaries, letters, and photographs. The first half sets the scene in France. The second follows the women to prison and then to concentration camps where their friendships and cooperation became [...]

Vampire Empire series

Rift Walker

Today we review the first two books in the Vampire Empire series. “The Best Vampire Fiction Releases of 2011″, a recent post on Explorations: The BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog, highlights this series and looks forward to both the final book in the trilogy, due in September, and Justin Cronin’s The Twelve (to follow 2010′s The Passage), as [...]

Kisses from Katie

Kisses from Katie

Katie Davis was only 19 when she moved to Uganda and founded Amazima Ministries in 2008. Amazima feeds and educates orphaned children in Uganda. To hear from Katie herself, take a look at the Simon & Schuster video on YouTube, or at Katie’s blog. DAVIS, Katie & Beth Clark. Kisses from Katie: A Young Woman’s Journey of [...]

Booklist Editors’ Choice

Booklist Magazine released its Editors’ Choice lists earlier this week, including the annual Best Adult Books for Young Adults. Booklist is the only other review journal that creates a list sharing our criteria — books published for adults that have interest for young adults — so it is always fun to compare the two. Booklist [...]

Creative Sparks to Catch a New Audience Afire

Everything

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Lynda Barry’s public career as a cartoonist began in a variety of alternative newspapers thirty years ago.  Since then, she’s become well recognized, not just as a humorous and insightful comic strip powerhouse but also as a teacher who can encourage those who have never before explored their [...]

Holy Ghost Girl

Holy Ghost Girl

How thrilling to discover another memoir with appeal similar to Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle (Scribner, 2005)! Still, when I am looking for something to recommend to a high school reader, I often find myself checking, “Have you read The Glass Castle yet?” If not, it almost always goes, after just a short description. What [...]

Mary Boleyn: Mistress of Kings

Mary Boleyn

Alison Weir’s latest biography was published simultaneously in England as Mary Boleyn: ‘The Great and Infamous Whore’. This is not the first biography of Mary, but there are very few; her sister Anne usually gets all the attention. The resurgence of interest in Mary does seem to be traceable to the publication of Philippa Gregory’s The [...]

A Perfect Crossing

Wandering Son

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: Takako Shimura has a well earned reputation as a sensitive and sensible LGBT cartoonist. Bringing her 2003 series to American readers asks that readers in the U.S. be as sensitive and sensible.  The gender orientations of eleven-year-olds just isn’t the stuff of stories here.  In fact, it is [...]

Theft of Swords

Theft of Swords

Theft of Swords is the first in Michael Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations series. Rise of Empire releases this week, and the third and final installment, Heir of Novron is expected on January 31st, all from Orbit. The series was originally self-published in 6 volumes, and it is helpful to take a look at the author’s explanation [...]

Out of Oz

Out of Oz

The conclusion to Gregory Maguire’s The Wicked Years series does not disappoint. The series began with Wicked (1995), and continued with Son of a Witch (2005) and A Lion Among Men (2008). Out of Oz does stand on its own, but readers will appreciate it most if they are fans of the series. MAGUIRE, Gregory. Out [...]