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The 2012 Alex Awards Program

The Night Circus 2

Many thanks to reviewer Priscille Dando for sharing her experience attending the Alex Awards program last weekend at ALA in Anaheim: Fans of AB4T probably already know all about the Alex Awards, the YALSA award “given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.” A highlight [...]

Mud, Sweat and Tears

Mud, Sweat and Tears

Although far from being his first book, this is the first full autobiography by Bear Grylls, star of Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel. After 7 seasons, the show closed this spring, but Grylls’ fans are many. In 1998, at 23 years old, Bear Grylls became the youngest British climber to successfully climb Everest. This [...]

The Virgin Cure

The Virgin Cure

Ami McKay discovered the idea for her second historical novel (following The Birth House) while researching her own family. Her great-grandmother was a doctor on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the late 19th century, caring for the homeless children living in the alleys and tenements of the area. McKay describes her research in an Author’s [...]

Best Books of the Year so far, 2012

The school year is over, ALA Annual is (nearly) past, the big fall books are calling, it must be time to announce our Best of the Year so far! As usual, we are excited to highlight books that offer a combination of quality and teen appeal. For more information, click on title links for full [...]

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

An incredible amount of hype surrounds this slim, intimate tale of a possible end of the world scenario. My hope is that readers will be able to put that aside and enjoy this lovely coming of age novel without too many preconceived notions. That said, when a New York Times review compares a book to [...]

The Cranes Dance

The Cranes Dance

As stated in her website bio, Meg Howrey is a classically trained dancer who has performed with the Joffrey, Los Angeles Opera, and City Ballet of Los Angeles. She knows the competitive world of the ballerina and in The Cranes Dance, she shares it with her readers. For me, the best things about this novel [...]

The Coldest Night

The Coldest Night

This coming of age novel begins with a forbidden romance. Henry is a junior in high school, working at a stable when he meets Mercy. Her family considers him to be from the wrong side of the tracks, but the two fall deeply in love. What begins in a romantic vein becomes a dark story [...]

The Games

The Games

Ted Kosmatka‘s first novel receives our latest starred review. The Games has nothing to do with The Hunger Games, although it is a dystopian thriller that deals with a gladiatorial fight to the death (or rather, destruction), in a great blend of horror and science fiction. Library Journal named The Games a science fiction/fantasy debut [...]

Amped

Amped

Last year’s Robopocalypse was an AB4T 2011 Best of the Year and a 2011 Alex Award winner. With Amped, Daniel H. Wilson has created another dystopian world and another thriller that will have readers racing through the pages. Part of the marketing for the novel includes a blog on Facebook — Samantha Blex is a teenager [...]

Paper Made!

Paper Made!

Author Kayte Terry has a blog titled This is Love Forever, mostly devoted to crafts and art, but enhanced by whimsical side topics. Great title, isn’t it? In Paper Made! her tone is young and inviting, the patterns accessible, and the emphasis on reuse should attract environmentally-minded teens. Workman shares fun photos of the book’s [...]