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The Night Circus

The Night Circus

Today, a pre-publication review of one of the most buzzed-about debuts of the fall. The Night Circus releases on September 13th, but the advanced reader copy was featured at both BookExpo and ALA earlier this summer. After reading, it was obvious that Erin Morgenstern was the perfect debut author to feature in this month’s SLJ Teen […]

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 […]

In the Sea There are Crocodiles

In the Sea there are Crocodiles

Fabio Geda presents the true story of Enaiatollah (Enaiat) Akbari’s early teen years as a novel in the tradition of Dave Eggers’ What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng: A Novel (McSweeney’s, 2006). In the Sea There are Crocodiles is told in the voice of its subject. Enaiat, abandoned at age 10, survives through hard work […]

Machine Man

Machine Man

Australian author Max Barry’s Jennifer Government (Doubleday, 2003) was a Booklist Editor’s Choice for Young Adults and a School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults best of the year pick. In case you missed it, it is a satirical novel about a world where corporations rule, and a fall guy contracted to assassinate customers wearing $2500 […]

The Family Fang

The Family Fang

I thoroughly enjoyed Kevin Wilson’s debut short story collection, the Alex Award-winning Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Ecco, 2009), so I had high hopes for his first novel. As expected, the writing is original, the imagination brilliant, and the book never dull. It is all about the kids of two performance artists and […]

fathermothergod: My Journey Out of Christian Science

fathermothergod

Lucia Greenhouse’s memoir reveals how her family was torn apart by her father’s strict adherence to Christian Science tenets even while her mother was dying of cancer. The author’s blog continues the conversation. fathermothergod is an Oprah Book to Watch for August, and brings to my mind the amazing, Alex-Award winning memoir Jesus Land by […]

The Book of Lies

The Book of Lies

Mary Horlock’s debut novel is a combination of modern and historical fiction set on Guernsey Island. It also features a great teen voice in unreliable narrator, Catherine. The author grew up on the island; I enjoyed this book announcement in the local paper. HORLOCK, Mary. The Book of Lies. 368p. HarperPerennial. 2011. pap. $14.99. ISBN […]

The Borrower

The Borrower

Books as salvation. Literature as inspiration. An homage filled with references to children’s books. Sounds like a perfect read for book lovers. The Borrower also works for teens, perhaps especially teens who were recently voracious readers of children’s books. But the appeal goes beyond that — it’s also a road trip novel and a coming-of-age (as […]

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 […]

Heartless

Heartless

I am very pleased to present a review for Gail Carriger’s fourth Parasol Protectorate novel. First, because my students love the series and I know they will be happy to see Heartless on display when they return to school in a few short weeks. Second, because I had the pleasure of meeting Gail at a […]