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The Sister Queens

The Sister Queens

The Other Boleyn Girl fans — welcome new kid on the block, Sophie Perinot and her historical fiction debut about two very different, very strong sisters. Word on the street (rather, consensus among historical fiction bloggers) is that this is an author to watch whose book is a page-turner, fast-paced, emotional, passionate, well-written and carefully [...]

Hand Me Down

Hand Me Down

Melanie Thorne admits right out the gate that her first novel is based on personal experience. In fact, writing it was a kind of therapy for the author, whose mother chose her sex offender husband over her children. At 14, Thorne was asked to leave home, and spent the following years moving from house to [...]

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Ben Fountain was inspired to write his first novel by a television broadcast of the Thanksgiving 2004 Dallas Cowboys game (still available for viewing in a very blurry Youtube video). Destiny’s Child performed the halftime show, which featured men dressed in military attire and a prominent martial drumbeat. The strange combination struck him, and the result is [...]

BookExpo Preview, 2012

BookExpo 2012 is right around the corner, so I spent some time this weekend compiling my wish list. For this post I am limiting myself to adult books that have potential teen appeal. Please keep in mind that I haven’t seen most of these yet, so I am working off of instinct. That being said, [...]

The Testament of Jessie Lamb

The Testament of Jessie Lamb

Today I am pleased to review a dystopian novel that seems to be flying under the radar in this country, even though it was longlisted for England’s 2011 Man Booker Prize (along with a couple of our favorite AB4T books from last year, Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch and Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman) and [...]

Grace

Grace

T. Greenwood‘s new novel is a family drama centered on four characters. Two are teenagers. Trevor is a 13-year-old boy who is ruthlessly bullied at school, whose world feels best when he is taking photographs. The other is a high school girl reeling from giving her baby up for adoption. T. (Tammy in real life) [...]

Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes

Soldier Dogs

Maria Goodavage has written a great nonfiction book for animal lovers and those interested in the military. The book has its own website full of bonus features, including the book trailer, an extended excerpt from the book, an active blog, and ways to support military dogs. The Washington Post is lucky enough to have a series of [...]

I Am Forbidden

I Am Forbidden

At its center, Anouk Markovits’ novel is about two young girls growing up in the same household, members of the Satmar, an Hasidic Jewish sect. When they reach their teens, one sister embraces her faith, the other rebels. The author herself was raised as an Hasidic Jew. She knows her subject and is able to [...]

An Uncommon Education

An Uncommon Education

We’re starting off the week with Elizabeth Percer’s coming-of-age debut novel. Percer is a poet, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times for her short stories. One draw here for young adult readers is the peek into life at the exclusive Wellesley College, and its mysterious Shakespeare Society. Percer herself is a [...]

Joe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated Novel

Joe Golem and the Drowning City

Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola first collaborated several years ago on Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire (Spectra, 2007). Now they are back with a second novel collaboration, one that looks likely to become a series. There is a terrific interview between Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box, Horns) and the two authors on [...]