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Adult Books 4 Teens
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The Power of Personification

Wonderful Life with the Elements

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: For some years now, business and technical publisher O’Reilly Media has been distributing a manga-based series devoted to offering narrative fiction-based instruction in mathematics and hard sciences. Under the No Starch Press imprint, we can find explanations and demonstrations of Linear Algebra, Statistics, and other heady advanced conceptual [...]

Albert of Adelaide

Albert of Adelaide

Quirky, adventure-filled, contemplative. Albert of Adelaide is a book that is hard to describe. Probably because there isn’t really another book like it. No read-alikes here. After all, our title character is a platypus. And I think that quality – that uniqueness – is enough to attract the curiosity of certain teens all by itself. [...]

Juvenile in Justice

Juvenile in Justice

Richard Ross, a professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, spent five years photographing and interviewing teens in juvenile detention centers across the United States. Juvenile in Justice allows for conditions and teens to speak for themselves. Excerpts of his work are available on the book’s website and on the CBS 48 Hours/Mystery page, and you [...]

Redshirts

Redshirts

Teens who enjoy humorous sci-fi are in for a treat. On release day, John Scalzi wrote the following to his fans about Redshirts, ”…let me tell you what my own plan was for this book when I start writing it: To have fun with it, and to have you have fun with it. I wanted to write [...]

Devil’s Wake

Devil's Wake

Devil’s Wake, the first in a new series by husband and wife writing team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, adds welcome diversity to the crowded zombie field. Tananarive Due is author of the acclaimed African Immortals series, which can also be recommended to young adults. It includes My Soul to Keep, The Living Blood, Blood Colony, and My Soul to Take. [...]

The Boy is Father to the Man

The Underwater Welder

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Becoming a parent, as many teens know or will know too soon, can send one on an unexpected journey to one’s own childhood expectations of and disappointments in his own parent. Jeff Lemire, who has been lauded for his ability to expose the real humanity that underlies characters [...]

Alif the Unseen

Alif the Unseen

G. Willow Wilson is the author of an acclaimed memoir, The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam (Grove, 2010). She has also published graphic novels with illustrator M.K. Perker, including Cairo (2008) and the Air series (2009-2011). Alif the Unseen, in her own words, “represents the moment at which I said “screw [...]

Zombie

Zombie

The colorful, unusual cover of J.R. Angelella’s first novel is bound to inspire curiosity in teens, don’t you think?  It’s hard to tell just what it might contain. The answer — a different sort of coming-of-age story which, despite its title, harbors no zombies. Instead, a zombie movie-obsessed teen boy. The review on Paste is a [...]

Display’s the Thing

Birdseye Bristoe

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Continuing in a summer reading—and summer reading promotion—vein, Dan Zettwoch’s first graphic novel provides a stunning array of possibilities:  a summer-visit-to-the-country marbled with social and political commentary and served up with intriguingly detailed but accessible schematics of cell tower construction, live bait farming and lifestyles doomed by commercial [...]