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Two Books About Black Youth in America

burning down the house

Reading the titles of the books under review–a book about football, and a book about juvenile prisons–a lot of people would not immediately think that they are related, or that either has much to do with race in America. But both authors make persuasive cases that racism, specifically against young Black men is at the [...]

Weekly Reviews: Tough Times

Me Before You

Whether memoir or realistic fiction, many teens respond to stories of struggle that are told from the heart. Here are three to recommend. Let’s begin with a love story. We haven’t featured many love stories here. At least, not weepy, traditional ones that earn a starred review! Many are couched in historical fiction or the [...]

Weekly Reviews: Identity

brain on fire

As promised, we have our full complement of reviews for the week, all in one omnibus post.  These week’s books are all about identity.  In our first book, Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan, Cahalan recounts her harrowing experience of grappling with a rare brain disease called autoimmune encephalitis, which brought on hallucinations, paranoia, and [...]

The Other Half of Me

The Other Half of Me

British author Morgan McCarthy’s debut novel centers on two children, a brother and sister living in an ancient Welsh country mansion, isolated, neglected by their mother and wondering at the mystery of what happened to their father. As they grow up, they confront generations of family secrets. Chapter one is available on Barnes & Noble. * [...]

Shelter

Shelter

Frances Greenslade’s debut novel is about family, particularly mothers and daughters, and about survival. Shelter is also notable for its vivid British Columbia wilderness setting. The author provides all kinds of cool extras on her book clubs page, including a playlist, discussion questions, and a list of titles about British Columbia. Simon & Schuster also [...]

The Magic of Reality

The Magic of Reality

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and prominent atheist, known most recently for The God Delusion (HMH, 2006) and The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Free Press, 2009). You might recognize his collaborator, Dave McKean, as the illustrator of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins, 2008). While published by an adult imprint of [...]

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys for Immigrant Teens

The New Kids

Brooke Hauser has written for several major publications, including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. The New Kids is her first book. Hauser spent a year at the International High School in Brooklyn getting to know the students from day one, learning about their (for some) harrowing journeys to the United States, [...]

The Madonnas of Echo Park

The Madonnas of Echo Park

Brando Skyhorse was born and raised in Echo Park, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. Here he writes interconnected short stories mostly about the Mexican-Americans living and working in the neighborhood, opening up the community to his readers. Free Press also acquired the rights for the author’s next book, titled Things My Father Taught Me. Scheduled [...]