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Alex Awards 2014

Mark posted the Alex Award winners on Monday, but what would AB4T be without some post-game celebrating? First, we need to make sure everyone is aware of the official nominations list. We reviewed most of these, but not all. My gut reaction to this list is that it is very brave. And by that I […]

Women at War

I Shall Be Near to You

Two highly recommended historical novels today. I Shall Be Near to You is, at its heart, a compelling love story. It features a strong heroine, so in love with her husband that she disguises herself as a man to accompany him into the horrors of the Civil War. I’m afraid its cover art may limit the […]

Maybe Hubris Isn’t Such a Bad Thing After All

The 2014 Alex Awards have been announced – and they are an excellent group. We managed to predict one! Lexicon by Max Barry. That’s down from two in 2013 which I joked was a result of my hubristic claim to scientific accuracy. Maybe hubris isn’t such a bad thing after all. All joking aside, here’s […]

Night of the Wolf

night of the wolf

Probably the most successful program I have ever held at my library was a “minute mystery” program–where I simply posted a short mystery and invited teens to solve it.  Today, I’m have a review of a collection of short stories by French novelist Paul Halter.  You may remember that a little more than a month […]

The Last Days of California

The Last Days of California

You’ve probably already heard about Mary Miller‘s debut — it’s received some very nice starred reviews (LJ, PW, Booklist) and is popping up in more popular magazines like Vogue, Redbook and Elle. The Last Days of California is the first person narration of a naive 15-year-old girl on a road trip with her family. We […]

An Exceedingly Humble Discussion About the Alex Awards

MARK: Last year at this time, I tempted the fates by titling our pre-Alex Awards post “Extremely Scientific Predictions of the Alex Awards”, and the fates promptly put me in my place, as Angela and I each managed to predict only a single title correctly.  I’ve also already gone on record as stating that “this […]

Life After Death

what she left behind

Two young women with recently deceased fathers find themselves immersed in relics of the past: these are the striking parallels between the two novels reviewed below.  In Ellen Marie Wiseman’s What She Left Behind, the teenaged heroine is sucked into the past by the journals of another young woman who had been committed to an […]

Harrowing Memoirs

elizabeth smart

Today we look at two memoirs of harrowing childhoods.  Today’s teens are too young to remember the media onslaught brought on by Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping and rescue. But they will be by turns riveted and revolted by her account of her abduction, which was made especially horrific to her as she was forced to act […]

Radiance of Tomorrow

Radiance of Tomorrow

Ishmael Beah took bestseller, best of the year, and school reading lists by storm in 2007 with his memoir of being swept up in Sierra Leone’s civil war as a child soldier. It almost seems anti-climactic to mention that A Long Way Gone won an Alex Award. Seven years later it is still a popular suggestion for […]

Meet the Costa First Novel Award winner

Where the Moon Isn't

The Costa Book Award winners were announced earlier this week. We were thrilled when a review of the winner for First Novel arrived from Diane Colson on the very same day! The Costa Book Awards “honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” The […]