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Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

In his latest outing, Graham Joyce offers up the story of a 15 year-old girl lured away by fairies. What is so interesting about this particular fairy tale is how grounded it is in English village life and the characters involved. The effects of both Tara’s disappearance and her sudden reappearance 20 years later are [...]

Little Century

Little Century

This week’s starred review, Anna Keesey‘s debut, incorporates the traditional elements of the classic western or frontier novel. This is a genre that has been well-represented in adult books with teen appeal — I’m thinking of Alex Award-winning novels such as Ivan Doig’s The Whistling Season and Thomas Maltman’s The Night Birds. Last year’s The Little [...]

Escape from Camp 14

Escape from Camp 14

Before Shin Dong-hyuk, no one born in a North Korean political prison camp had ever escaped. As far as can be determined, Shin is still the only one to do so. He was 23 years old, knew no one, and had never before seen the outside world. Author Blaine Harden’s homepage features a quote from Canada’s National [...]

Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob

William Landay’s new legal thriller is one of the big buzz books of the season. Comparisons to Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, arguably one of the best and most popular courtroom dramas ever, are ubiquitous, as are comparisons to John Grisham. Why for teens? This one involves two 14-year-old boys. One murdered, the other accused. Start [...]

Heft

Heft

Arthur and Kel are both isolated and lonely, and that is about all their stories seem to have in common for much of this novel. Arthur is a morbidly obese adult; Kel is a teenager whose life is just not going very well. Kel’s story doesn’t launch until about 80 pages into the novel, which [...]

Light from a Distant Star

Light from a Distant Star

Mary McGarry Morris’s latest is a coming of age novel set in a small New England town. Morris is perhaps best known for Songs in Ordinary Time (Viking, 1995), which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 1997. It too includes a young teen afraid to tell the dark truth about an adult in his life. (Although [...]

Ghost in the Wires

Ghost in the Wires

Given the recent News of the World phone hacking scandal, the timing could not be better for the release of famed hacker Kevin Mitnick’s memoir. At one point, Mitnick went so far as to eavesdrop on National Security Agency telephone calls. At times Ghost in the Wires reads like a thriller, not only for computer [...]

This Beautiful Life

This Beautiful Life

Helen Schulman’s book, centered on a family torn apart by the teen son’s sexting scandal, was yesterday’s New York Times front page Sunday Book Review, accompanied by a Book Review Podcast in which Schulman discusses the book. The Pew Internet & American Life project includes many, many data resources on teens, including a 2009 report on [...]

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

When her parents split, Blessing is moved from the comforts of a modern apartment complex to a poor rural village in the Niger Delta. The American teens we serve are certainly familiar with changes of circumstance – often due to parents who divorce, lose jobs or relocate. Blessing experiences all of those changes in one [...]

Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption

Ice

Perhaps posting a review of this book will be somewhat controversial, given the language and topics involve. However, if we’re talking teen appeal there are plenty of readers who will be fascinated by both the criminal and celebrity lifestyles depicted. Tracy Morrow’s path from thief to Grammy-winning rapper musician to television and movie actor is a unique [...]