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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 [...]

Teens and Genre Fiction

On November 19th, Mark made his debut with a post titled “What We Talk About When We Talk About Teens.” He made several terrific points, as did the contributing AB4T reviewers, but there is one thing missing in that discussion –the popularity of genre fiction among teens. When a teen is a fan of a particular [...]

Philip Roth: Teen Novelist?


As most of the world knows by now, Philip Roth has announced that he is retiring as a novelist.  Roth is one of a very select group who can be considered for title of the greatest American novelist, and his list of awards is impressive, but I don’t want to write yet another obituary of [...]


Last Tuesday, right before the Thanksgiving holiday long weekend, I had the opportunity to booktalk to the three 11th grade English class sections at my school. During each period I talked about 5 books, then asked the students to share their recent favorites with each other. We left the last 10-15 minutes of the period [...]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Teens

Thank you to Angela, all of our reviewers, and our readers for the warm welcome to this blog.  I thought it might be a good idea to start this relaunch by setting myself up for immediate backlash by trying to answer the impossible question of what exactly we mean by “Adult Books 4 Teens.” The phrase has two [...]

The New Look of Adult Books 4 Teens

Adult Books 4 Teens began its life as the Adult Books for High School Students print column in SLJ, which provided 15-20 reviews a month.  Two years ago the print column was replaced by this blog, which continued to provide 3-4 reviews a week, with the benefit of added context. Starting today, though, AB4T is [...]

The Round House & The National Book Awards

The Round House

This Wednesday evening, the National Book Award winners will be announced in a grand ceremony at Cipriani in New York City. I went to the NBA site to refresh myself on just how the awards work.“The National Book Award is an American literary prize given to writers by writers and administered by the National Book Foundation.” [...]

The White Forest

The White Forest

I first became aware of The White Forest at a Simon & Schuster preview where its editor spoke about her passion for this book. She called it her Night Circus. You can see Adam McOmber speak about his work in the book trailer, and The White Forest made The Book Smugglers’ Top 10 Most Highly Anticipated SFF [...]

The Vanishing Act

The Vanishing Act

Every night Minou leaves her room for the lighthouse tower, where she knits as long as she can stay awake, as long as her cold hands can manage. The Vanishing Act has a subtle magic, while being at the same time down-to-earth and philosophical. This is Mette Jakobsen‘s first novel, and it is not quite [...]