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Where's My Wand?

How did I manage to get a whole month into this blog without posting the review of a memoir?? It seems to be common knowledge that memoir is a genre with tremendous teen appeal. Yes and no. Just because a memoir begins with the child and young adulthood of the writer does not mean that […]

Post-apocalyptic Africa

Who Fears Death

A post-apocalyptic, post-technology fantasy set in an Africa plagued by ethnic conflict, genocide and sorcerers. Despite its heavy topic, there is no question that Who Fears Death will appeal to teens. A young girl becomes a young woman while accepting the responsibility of saving her people, helped only by equally young friends and the occasional, […]

The View on the Ground


Nonfiction about the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq abound. Two books stand out for teen readers, both from the soldiers’ point of view. Last year’s Alex Award-winning The Good Soldiers by David Finkel (FSG, 2009), follows the troops of Battalion 2-16 and their part in the war in Iraq, specifically the surge of 2007. In […]

The House of Tomorrow

The House of Tomorrow

People often ask me how I find adult books with teen appeal. There are several ways, from reading pre-pub lists and advance reviews, to attending publisher previews, to perusing bookstore shelves. One source I always check is the IndieBound Indie Next List, released on the first of each month. The IndieBound website promotes independent bookstores. […]

Irish Travellers

The Outside Boy

This paperback original is a real find. The Outside Boy is an historical coming-of-age story set within a mostly vanished community likely unfamiliar to teens. In the Author’s Note, Cummins states that one of her goals in writing the book was to depict travellers (or gypsies) beyond the usual stereotypes. Apart from any agenda, this […]

Coming of Age in America

Girl in Translation

I have been telling everyone I know about Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok ever since reading it last spring. It makes a great booktalk (I used it several times at the end of the school year), and would be a satisfying bookgroup choice for either adults or teens. Publishers Weekly printed a short interview […]

Welcome to Adult 4 Teen

The Girl who Fell from the Sky

The Adult Books 4 Teens blog was created to replace the School Library Journal print column, Adult Books for High School Students, last seen over 9 months ago. I’m sure many of you shared my dismay when we realized the column had come to an end. The adult book publishing world releases thousands of general […]