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Weekly Reviews: Science & Knots

Letters to a Young Scientist

In both of today’s nonfiction titles, the authors speak directly to their readers. Both have the potential to become favorites with the right teen reader.  First up, Edward O. Wilson’s passionate and inspiring Letters to a Young Scientist. Maybe it’s the time of year, but I can’t help thinking that this would make a terrific graduation [...]

Weekly Reviews: Mid-year Graphic Novels

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Today we have three very different graphic novels.  Matt Kindt’s Red Handed, a gorgeous, full-color novel with an intricately structured plot has been the source of a bit of debate.  Kimberly over on Stacked.com, while granting the novel’s interest, found its experimental structure ultimately frustrating.  And when I gave the book to one of my [...]

Thoughts on Alex: My Friend Dahmer

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We review a lot of graphic novels around here (thanks in large part to super-reviewer Francisca Goldsmith) so, as we said on Monday, Angela and I were very happy to see a GN on the Alex Awards list this year.  As I somewhat embarrassingly indicated, though, I hadn’t read Derf Backderf’s My Friend Dahmer, so I [...]

From Teen Outsider to Infamous Adult

My Friend Dahmer

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: As Derf Backderf cogently lays bare in this memoir, bullying existed for generations before it took to cyberspace; the adults who see and saw adolescents most regularly and for the longest times each day—their teachers—can be held complicit by failing to acknowledge one or another particular teen’s obvious [...]