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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 […]

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 […]

Best Of Updates

Booklist has published its Best of 2013 list, and Kirkus has put up its Best Nonfiction list, so we can finally wrap up our look at the major journals’ take on the best books of the year. In the fiction category, there are no big surprises since last we spoke, although interestingly, most of the […]

The Daylight Gate (plus more on Best Ofs)

daylight gate

As promised, we have a review today of Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate, one of the sixteen fiction books that have made more than one “best of” list so far this year. In other news, also as promised I took a look at A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Tenth of December, and unfortunately I […]

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. […]

Best of Lists


It’s November and that means it’s time to start thinking about the best books of the year. I already mentioned that Publisher’s Weekly put out their mammoth list of best books, including 58 adult fiction titles. On Monday, Kirkus published their even longer list of 99 adult fiction titles (Children, Teen, Nonfiction, and Indie are […]

National Book Awards

wolf and watchman

Monday was the big day for the National Book Awards in the YA and Children’s worlds, with the announcement of the longlist for the award for Young People’s Literature.  But we here at Adult Books 4 Teens had to wait through the week for the other three longlists to be announced: Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. […]

2013 Alex Award Program, ALA Annual

My Friend Dahmer

On the Sunday morning of ALA, I attended the 2013 Alex Awards program. Three of the ten winning authors spoke – Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer Julianna Baggott, Pure Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Each author spoke for 10 minutes, followed by Q&A with the audience and a signing, with the books donated by […]

Best of the Year so far, 2013

The Death of Bees

Summertime…and the livin’ is easy… Speaking to all you school librarians out there — is there anything better than the first weeks of summer vacation? When time suddenly opens up, sleep is a possibility, and opportunities to read seem to be everywhere? Many teens feel the same way. Here’s hoping some of them find these […]

Cart’s Top 200 Adult Books for Young Adults

Cart's Top 200

In what I believe is the first AB4T post about a professional resource, I cannot resist sharing my thoughts about a new ALA Editions book, just out: Cart’s Top 200 Adult Books for Young Adults: Two Decades in Review by Michael Cart. I have been looking forward to reading it ever since I spied it in […]