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A New Take on Sleeping Beauty (No, Not *That* One)

You all know how much I love fairy tales. Indeed, it almost physically hurt me to assign Elizabeth Blackwell’s While Beauty Slept to another reviewer, but I just didn’t have time in my reading schedule to get to it. Now that I’ve read our review, I’m going to make time. Blackwell’s entry-point is a character […]

Based on a True Story

Before I began writing this post, I always believed that the famous retort to the question of why one would climb Mount Everest–“Because it’s there”–had been spoken by Edmund Hillary, the first Westerner to ascend to the peak. But in fact, they were the words of George Mallory, the first of three real life figures […]

If Jack’s in Love

If Jack's in Love

Stephen Wetta’s quirky debut novel is a natural for teens. Jack is such a fish-out-of-water in his small Virginia town, wishing his father and brother would stop living up to every bad thing ever said about them, yearning for the lovely Myra Joyner. Even the fact that the story is told by an adult Jack […]

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. […]