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Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

In Kristina McMorris’s second novel 19-year-old Maddie falls in love with her brother’s best friend. Because it is 1941 and her new husband is Japanese-American she is forced to give up her dream of studying violin at Juilliard — while Lane proves his allegiance by enlisting in the military. McMorris is half-Japanese, and carefully researched [...]

These Days Are Ours

These Days are Ours

There aren’t a lot of great realistic novels out there for the older young adult set. Those 18-23 year-olds, what are they reading that is really about them? Michelle Haimoff‘s debut paperback original is an absorbing, well-written novel about a newly independent adult in New York City in the months after 9/11. It goes beyond bar-hopping [...]

Bleed for Me

Bleed for Me

Australian crime novelist Michael Robotham is known for dark psychological thrillers. Bleed for Me is headlined by a clinical psychologist, series regular Joe O’Loughlin. It also involves his teenage daughter and her friend, Sienna. Don’t let the word “series” slow you down — this one stands alone, even if the resonance of the story might [...]

The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

As we all know by now, it’s the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Here is the first (surely not the last!) AB4T review of a book based on those events. Kate Alcott’s historical novel encompasses both the tragedy itself and the subsequent Senate hearings, about which teens are likely much less familiar. [...]

From Teen Outsider to Infamous Adult

My Friend Dahmer

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: As Derf Backderf cogently lays bare in this memoir, bullying existed for generations before it took to cyberspace; the adults who see and saw adolescents most regularly and for the longest times each day—their teachers—can be held complicit by failing to acknowledge one or another particular teen’s obvious [...]

The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles

One of the oldest stories in the Western canon is retold from a fresh perspective in Madeline Miller’s debut novel. I interviewed the author for the SLJ Teen Newsletter a few weeks ago, and I love the way her passion for the classics is reflected in her responses. I will share just two of them [...]

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

A new novel by Jodi Picoult is always an event. Her latest is getting a BIG publicity push — check out this photo from Times Square (from her Facebook page).   Ever since the publication of My Sister’s Keeper, teens have been aware of the author, and fans tend to enjoy her novels whether they have [...]

The Lifespan of a Fact

The Lifespan of a Fact

The publisher description begins, “An innovative essayist and his fact-checker do battle about the use of truth and the definition of nonfiction. How negotiable is a fact in nonfiction?” Great question. The debate continues in last Sunday’s front page New York Times review. It’s worth a read. The question goes beyond the place of facts in nonfiction [...]

The Rook

The Rook

Daniel O’Malley’s debut novel is a smart speculative thriller that has echoes of the Jason Bourne novels & movies (secret government organization and an agent suffering amnesia), of The X-Files (secret government organization created to protect the world from the supernatural), of superhero comics (seemingly ordinary people with superpowers), and Ghostbusters (the goofy side of [...]