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Hosoi

Hosoi

Christian Hosoi is one of the top skateboarders in history. He turned pro at 14. He was at the top of the world until he started using. A methamphetamine addiction landed him in prison, where he found freedom in reading the Bible. Hear it from the man himself. Hosoi’s 300-page memoir includes more than 100 color [...]

Muck City

Muck City

Bryan Mealer’s exploration of football and poverty in one small Florida town brings to mind other books about high school sports, such as Friday Night Lights and Michael D’Orso’s Eagle Blue. You probably know Mealer’s previous work, even if you don’t recognize the name. He wrote The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind with William Kamkwamba, [...]

History, Mystery and the Power of Symbolism

Sailor Twain

from regular graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Mark Siegel’s experience in the graphic novel idiom is long, deep and informed by international strains and precepts. He brings all this to bear in a narrative that plumbs the mysteries first brought to literary ears by Homer: how very like the Sirens’ song is man’s belief [...]

The White Forest

The White Forest

I first became aware of The White Forest at a Simon & Schuster preview where its editor spoke about her passion for this book. She called it her Night Circus. You can see Adam McOmber speak about his work in the book trailer, and The White Forest made The Book Smugglers’ Top 10 Most Highly Anticipated SFF [...]

Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite

Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite

Monsters are eternally intriguing, and Matt Kaplan offers a unique take on the historical possibilities of where our fears may have originated. From dragons to golems to zombies, the interdisciplinary nature of this work will thrill young science and history readers. Kaplan is a regular contributor to National Geographic, New Scientist, Nature, and The Economist. [...]

The Vanishing Act

The Vanishing Act

Every night Minou leaves her room for the lighthouse tower, where she knits as long as she can stay awake, as long as her cold hands can manage. The Vanishing Act has a subtle magic, while being at the same time down-to-earth and philosophical. This is Mette Jakobsen‘s first novel, and it is not quite [...]

Cold Light

Cold Light

They found a body. I know who it is. Such a great tag line! Three teenage girls and the jealousy-filled triangle of their friendships are at the center of Jenn Ashworth‘s dark, contemporary British murder mystery. The author is currently on a virtual (blog) tour of the U.S. that started Tuesday. ASHWORTH, Jenn. Cold Light. [...]

Looking forward to 2013

Dancers Among Us

Last week I attended an AAP Book Buzz (that’s the Association of American Publishers). This is a twice-annual event at which publishers introduce upcoming adult titles. It is a gold mine for me, as you can imagine, as I work to tease out the adult books with potential teen appeal. I thought it would be [...]

That’s Not a Feeling

That's Not a Feeling

Dan Josefson’s debut is a good recommendation for teens who enjoy puzzling out unreliable narrators, who enjoy boarding school depictions, and those who like reading about troubled teens. Not to mention troubled adults! That’s Not a Feeling is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick (scroll down to find it), and The Atlantic [...]

The Formula for Murder

Formula for Murder

Victorian newspaper reporter Nellie Bly is at it again in Carol McCleary‘s latest. Her investigations began in The Alchemy of Murder, and continued last year in The Illusion of Murder (see the AB4T review here). In The Formula for Murder she is joined by none other than H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde and Conan Doyle. Coincidentally, yesterday afternoon I had [...]