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Fairy Tales


Adaptations of the fairy tales collected by the Grimm brothers are among my great pleasures in life. They account for one of my favorite picture books, Trina Schart Hyman outrageously gorgeous (and even more outrageously out-of-print) version of “Snow White” (Little, Brown, 1974); one of my favorite YA novels, Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels (Knopf, 2008), […]

. . . And We’re Back

Hooray!  We’re back online, and the new site looks great, though please let us know if you’re having any problems with it.  You may notice that there’s a new url for the site, and it will probably work best to update your RSS feeds with the new one: While I play around with the new […]

A Brief Hiatus

Dear Readers: Thank you for following our blog.  Beginning Wednesday, December 19th, the School Library Journal blogs are being migrated to a new server. Therefore, we will not be able to post for an extended period, perhaps until 2013. The same goes for commenting – if you try to post a comment after midnight December […]

Booklist Editors’ Choice, 2012

Booklist is the only other review source that publishes a best of the year list in our category. The Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2012 was released yesterday. Let’s compare to the AB4T Best Books of the Year, shall we? FICTION Of the 12 fiction titles chosen by Booklist, we overlap on 4 […]

Weekly Reviews: Crime


In this week’s reviews, we delve into three takes on the everlasting American obsession with crime and criminals.  We start with Rob Deborde’s Portlandtown, which injects its paranormal underpinnings (and just “what is it with all this paranormal activity occurring in the Pacific Northwest?” asks reviewer Carla Riemer) with classic tropes from Western and Crime fiction […]

Debut author interviews

Every other month we publish an interview with a promising AB4T debut author in the SLJ Teen Newsletter. Sometimes I conduct the interview; sometimes I invite one of our reviewers to take it on. As 2012 comes to a close, I feel the urge to look back on those interviews for patterns or themes that […]



Back when I asked our reviewers what they look for in terms of teen appeal, Sarah Flowers said something intriguing that I couldn’t fit in that post, but I’d like to talk about at greater length. Here’s what she said: “Is there an important teen character or characters, and do they sound like teens? That […]

Accuracy in Nonfiction

On Monday, I discussed looking for more diversity in nonfiction for teens, but I didn’t even broach what might be the most important aspect of all when it comes to reviewing and recommending nonfiction: accuracy. While fiction can certainly have factual inaccuracies in it, and errors can even change our evaluation of the book, it […]

Weekly Reviews: Fiction Set Around the World

Sweet Tooth

This week we present three literary novels set outside the United States — in Mexico, Cambodia and England — that make great suggestions for mature teen readers. Juan Pablo Villalobos was born in Mexico, where Down the Rabbit Hole takes place. At just 75 pages this novella is a powerful experiment in voice, one that would […]

Adult Nonfiction for Teens

Looking at the New York Times’s list of 100 Notable Books of 2012, I was somewhat surprised and definitely disappointed to see that this blog had reviewed only two of the 47 titles the Times recommended (in contrast, we reviewed 12 of the Times’s 53 fiction titles). To be sure, we reviewed our fair share […]