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Door Stoppers

The Goldfinch

I thought we’d kick off the New Year with two of the biggest books of 2013. Both couple length with accessible, engaging prose that seduces the reader all the way to the end. Donna Tartt made her name with The Secret History over 20 years ago, and it has since gained cult status. The Goldfinch, [...]

Looking for that Last-Minute Gift?

I am Malala

‘Tis the season, and gift-giving is on our minds. Here are three nonfiction titles that would make welcome presents for the right teens. I am Malala found its way onto more than one Best list this year, and I suspect that many of us have already added it to our collection. I found myself somewhat frustrated [...]

Truth & Responsibility

At the Bottom of Everything

All three of today’s books are concerned with learning the truth and/or facing responsibility. In Ben Dolnick‘s At the Bottom of Everything, young Adam is trying to avoid facing the mistake he and his best friend made as teenagers. If he could only take responsibility for it, he would be better off. So would his [...]

Booklist Editors’ Choice, 2013

Is it disloyal to admit how much I love Booklist? I am always excited to see the latest issue arrive, partly because it is the only other place to find review recommendations of adult books for teens. So, when the annual Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults list is announced I pore over [...]

Family, for Better or Worse

Mother, Mother

Today we review three very different novels about families, none of them easy. The families, that is! Koren Zailckas is well-known for her memoir Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood (Viking, 2005). Mother, Mother is her first novel, and it introduces a doozy of a family dynamic. The story includes elements of suspense, psychological thriller and [...]

Hunting Season

Hunting Season

Mirta Ojito won a shared Pulitzer for national reporting in 2001 for a New York Times series of articles about race in America. Her new book turns to the topic of immigration reform. It is a nonfiction account of a group of teenagers who killed an Ecuadoren immigrant one November night 5 years ago in [...]

Two New Series

Mage's Blood

Today we celebrate the launch of two new series. First, an epic fantasy by David Hair, up to now a YA author with two previous series under his belt. With Mage’s Blood he steps into the adult realm. Our reviewer (and an extended post on the Tor blog by Niall Alexander) places the Moontide Quartet squarely in the [...]

Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2013

Every fall the “Adult Books 4 Teens” reviewers come together to nominate, discuss, and select the best reading of the year for a list that guarantees a combination of excellence and appeal to young adults. It’s hardly unusual to find debut novels among our best of the year, but nine out of 21 seems high. [...]

A Trio of Thrillers

after her

Three great suspenseful reads today. Joyce Maynard bases her latest on a true crime spree that took place in the 1970s, the “Trailside Killings”. Her young teen narrator and her even younger sister decide to help their detective father catch the serial killer. The father-daughter relationship is a highlight of this one. Maynard created a [...]

Looking toward 2014

A Highly Unlikely Scenario

Having submitted our AB4T Best of the Year list to SLJ about 10 days ago, I’m ready to focus my attention on 2014. Yes, there are many more Best lists to come, including the Alex Awards and the Booklist Editors Choice Adult Books for Young Adults, and we will have plenty to say about them. [...]