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The Rook

The Rook

Daniel O’Malley’s debut novel is a smart speculative thriller that has echoes of the Jason Bourne novels & movies (secret government organization and an agent suffering amnesia), of The X-Files (secret government organization created to protect the world from the supernatural), of superhero comics (seemingly ordinary people with superpowers), and Ghostbusters (the goofy side of [...]

The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding

Certainly one of the most buzzed-about books of the fall, Chad Harbach’s debut is a generous old-fashioned novel of baseball and literature at a small Wisconsin college. Diane’s review really says it all as far as teen appeal goes, so I will leave it to her. Variety reports that The Art of Fielding has been [...]

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 Zanesville

In Zanesville

It is always challenging to judge teen appeal when a book is set in the not-too-distant past. In this case, at least we aren’t dealing with an adult narrator looking back on her teen years, which is often deadly when it comes to appeal. Rather, Jo Ann Beard writes about teens living in the 1970s. [...]

13, rue Thérèse

13 Rue Therese

The physical creativity and puzzle-like construction of Elena Mauli Shapiro’s debut novel will pique teen interest, as will the embedded QR codes, which enhance the reading experience with online music, food (recipes), maps and 3-D images. Check out the book’s website to view selected “artifacts.” Interesting to consider what a similar book will look like in a [...]

Life

Life

2010 was an outstanding year for memoir and autobiography by popular musicians. Patti Smith’s Just Kids (Ecco) won the National Book Award for Nonfiction among other accolades. Composed: A Memoir by Rosanne Cash (Viking) received multiple starred reviews. And, later in the year, Life by Keith Richards burst onto bestseller lists. What is particularly impressive about these titles [...]

The Wolves of Andover

The Wolves of Andover

The Heretic’s Daughter (Little, Brown, 2008) was Kathleen Kent’s debut novel. Set during the Salem Witch Trials, it centers on Martha Carrier and her 10-year-old daughter Sarah. The Wolves of Andover is a sort of prequel to The Heretic’s Daughter, and features Martha as a young woman. These books are fictional, of course, but the [...]

The Patterns of Paper Monsters

The Patterns of Paper Monsters

Today we have a coming of age, debut novel. This one stands out for its narrator, who despite a dark & angry point of view, charms the reader with his witty, smart turns of phrase and way of looking at the world. RATHBONE, Emma. The Patterns of Paper Monsters. 224p. Little, Brown. 2010. Tr $13.99. [...]

Room

Room

Room has been a challenge for me, both writing the review and presenting the booktalk. First, let me be clear, I loved the book.  Like many other folks, I was hesitant to read it knowing the subject matter, but Jack won me over. It was all I could do not to peek ahead in the [...]

Hot Nonfiction Monday

Unbroken

I thought I would kick off the Thanksgiving holiday week with two nonfiction titles that are garnering both critical praise and a great deal of publicity.  They will likely end up in many a Christmas stocking this year. How do they stack up for young adult readers? First, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the much anticipated new [...]