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Weekly Reviews: Girls

Wild Girls

Title Girls are all that tie these three books together. Otherwise, the combination serves as a great example of the variety of books that appeal to different teen readers. We begin with a rather intellectual historical fiction novel, Eight Girls Taking Pictures. The tie-in to the arts is a great hook for young adults. Photography [...]

The Testament of Jessie Lamb

The Testament of Jessie Lamb

Today I am pleased to review a dystopian novel that seems to be flying under the radar in this country, even though it was longlisted for England’s 2011 Man Booker Prize (along with a couple of our favorite AB4T books from last year, Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch and Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman) and [...]

Lulu in the Sky

Lulu in the Sky

In her 2001 debut, Loung Ung wrote about surviving the Cambodian genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge. First They Killed My Father is among the very best memoirs with teen appeal that shine a light on recent global history, along with Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane, Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone and Persepolis. First They Killed My [...]

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 [...]

Southern Novels

The Queen of Palmyra

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam) was originally published in February 2009, and is still on the hardcover bestseller list (#12 this week according to Publishers Weekly). That makes 73 weeks in a row. The paperback is currently scheduled for December 2011 (?!). No doubt another wave of popularity will surface next summer–the [...]