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Touchstones of American History

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

A new novel by Alice Hoffman is always cause for celebration. The Museum of Extraordinary Things conjures up the sights and sounds of early 20th century, Gilded Age Coney Island and New York City. Hoffman’s many teen readers will appreciate the magical love-at-first-sight between her two young protagonists, and fans of The Night Circus will [...]

Archetype

Archetype

This is a great season for adult science fiction with teen appeal. Some years we barely see any. This year we have 3 outstanding titles already (Red Rising, Burn, and now Archetype) with three more reviews coming soon. I started Archetype thinking I was reading it just for fun. I didn’t “assign it” to myself [...]

Speculative Fiction

Babayaga

Baba Yaga is a witch of Russian folklore, and Toby Barlow bewitches with his new novel — our starred reviewof the day. His first, Sharp Teeth, was a 2009 Alex Award winner, a story of werewolves in L.A. told entirely in verse. Babayaga is (mostly) straight prose, and offers quite a combination of genres–spy thriller, [...]

Hand Me Down

Hand Me Down

Melanie Thorne admits right out the gate that her first novel is based on personal experience. In fact, writing it was a kind of therapy for the author, whose mother chose her sex offender husband over her children. At 14, Thorne was asked to leave home, and spent the following years moving from house to [...]

Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes

Soldier Dogs

Maria Goodavage has written a great nonfiction book for animal lovers and those interested in the military. The book has its own website full of bonus features, including the book trailer, an extended excerpt from the book, an active blog, and ways to support military dogs. The Washington Post is lucky enough to have a series of [...]

I Want My MTV

I Want My MTV

I cannot see this title without hearing Sting’s voice in my head. Thank you very much, Marks & Tannenbaum! Welcome to the wild history of music videos. Although this is really about the 1980s into the 90s, MTV’s ratings are at an all-time high as we speak. Teens who are into pop culture will be interested. [...]

Good Graces

Good Graces

What is it with kids wanting to solve mysteries?  Maybe a warning should be added to the list of tried and true parental instructions: 1. Don’t talk to strangers. 2. Don’t investigate disappearances, burglaries or murders without adult supervision… Of course, this has been a popular device for ages. But this summer alone we have Pigeon [...]

Bent Road

Bent Road

Lori Roy’s new “literary suspense” novel, noteworthy for its midwestern setting and gothic sensibility, has garnered rave reviews all around. This is probably not one that teens will find on their own, so point it out it to readers who love a good, creepy mystery. ROY, Lori. Bent Road. 358p. Dutton. 2011. Tr $25.95. ISBN 978-0-525-95183-4. [...]

It Gets Better

It Gets Better

In September 2010, Dan Savage and Terry Miller posted a video on YouTube encouraging GLBT young people facing harassment and bullying to hope, to believe that life will get better. That first video spawned many, many others by celebrities and non-celebrities alike. If you haven’t visited yet, click over to the YouTube It Gets Better [...]