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Weekly Reviews: Debut Novels

Reconstructing Amelia

Today’s reviews are all notable debut novels by women. I spent part of my spring break tearing through Kimberly McCreight’s Reconstructing Amelia, and let me tell you — teens are going to eat this up. It came out just yesterday, so go order a couple copies now. There are several appeal elements here. First, the [...]

Thoughts on Alex: Caring is Creepy and Girlchild

Caring is Creepy

Four of the ten 2013 Alex Award winners were not reviewed here on AB4T, for various reasons. Mark has already written about one of them: One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard. Today I take on two more. I’m not going to lie. Just looking at the cover and reading the description of Caring is [...]

Life After Murder

Life after Murder

Can a convicted murderer ever merit a fresh start? Investigative journalist Nancy Mullane spent years examining that question. In Life After Murder she writes about five convicts in San Quentin State Prison in California, from their lives before the murders through the experience of reentry. Mullane clearly believes in giving criminals a second chance, once they [...]

What Dies in Summer

What Dies in Summer

Tom Wright‘s debut is far from a typical southern coming-of-age novel. What begins as a dysfunctional family story (and what a family) becomes something else after our two young teens, Jim and L.A., find the body of a girl just about their age while out riding bikes and collecting bottles to supplement their allowance. There’s [...]

Trail of the Spellmans

Trail of the Spellmans

The fifth installment in Lisa Lutz’s Spellman series has arrived. We reviewed the fourth back in 2010. Makes me laugh to reread my post that day — the movie version never happened, obviously. Ironic since The Spellman Files began life as a screenplay. I was on the Alex Awards the year The Spellman Files made the list, [...]

Bleed for Me

Bleed for Me

Australian crime novelist Michael Robotham is known for dark psychological thrillers. Bleed for Me is headlined by a clinical psychologist, series regular Joe O’Loughlin. It also involves his teenage daughter and her friend, Sienna. Don’t let the word “series” slow you down — this one stands alone, even if the resonance of the story might [...]

The Most Dangerous Thing

The Most Dangerous Thing

I had the chance to meet Laura Lippman briefly at ALA last summer, and she spoke about the fact that this is the first book she has set in Dickeyville, the part of Baltimore that she knows best, the corner of the city in which she grew up. As a child, she and her friends played [...]

The Edgar Awards

Very excited to hear that Steve Hamilton won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Novel last night.   I reviewed The Lock Artist here last year, and it was a popular booktalk in my library this spring. The story has all kinds of teen appeal. It even won an Alex Award. Hamilton was up against [...]

The October Killings

The October Killings

Wessel Ebersohn writes thrillers that illuminate the society and culture of South Africa. The October Killings is his first book based in the new, post-apartheid South Africa. The October Killings also marks the first appearance of character Abigail Bukula, who will be central to a continuing series of novels. Her partner in this novel, Yudel [...]

Crime for Teens

The Lock Artist

For me, one of the hardest genres in which to find adult books with appeal to teens is mystery, or crime. There is such a plethora of books published in the genre every year that sorting through can be a challenge. And of those many, many possibilities, most have little appeal to younger readers. Too [...]